Rotterdam man sentenced to maximum sentence, up to 25 years, in 2020 fatal impaired accident – The Daily Gazette

SCHENECTADY – A Rotterdam man has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for a November 2020 drunk driving accident that claimed the life of a Rotterdam woman, county prosecutor officials said Wednesday. of Schenectady.

Oscar Lopez, 32, was sentenced on Tuesday to a total of 8 1/3 to 25 years in state prison, the maximum allowed for his aggravated driving homicide conviction in the Nov. 1, 2020, crash. who killed 33-year-old mother Amanda Slaven.

During Lopez’s sentencing, the judge handling the case, Matthew Sypniewski, told Lopez he would have given Lopez more, if it had been possible, the prosecutor said. The judge also urged the parolee not to release Lopez.

“You killed her, not the result of an accident, you caused it,” the judge told Lopez, according to prosecutors.

Tuesday’s sentencing came after a trial in April where Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney argued for a more serious second-degree murder conviction, saying the facts of the case warranted it. Sypniewski disagreed and acquitted Lopez of the main charge.

Lopez had a suspended license at the time of the crash due to a prior Albany County DWI conviction. He had a blood alcohol level of 0.20, more than double the legal limit of 0.08, as a result of the accident, prosecutors said.

The charges were increased to aggravated homicide while driving a vehicle due to Lopez’s blood alcohol level, had a previous drunk driving conviction within 10 years and had his driver’s license revoked due to the prior drunk driving, prosecutors said.

Carney had argued that Lopez acted recklessly and with complete disregard for human life when he ignored numerous warnings not to drive his Chevrolet Silverado after attending two Halloween parties in Albany where he had used alcohol, cocaine and marijuana.

Slaven was a single mother of an 8 year old boy. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Carney read a statement from Slaven’s mother, Patricia Shadick, during Tuesday’s sentencing, in which she described Slaven as “independent, hardworking and a go-getter,” according to prosecutors.

Slaven had just been promoted to her position in the state tax department.

Slaven would do anything for his son, Shadick said, according to prosecutors.

“Not a night goes by that I don’t think about the accident, whether she knew what was going on and whether she was in pain,” Shadick said.

Slaven’s mother-in-law, Kelly Slaven, also made the remarks, as Slaven’s father, John Slaven, held up a photo of his headstone, prosecutors said.

Kelly Slaven called Lopez a repeat offender who deserved the maximum sentence, prosecutors said.

For himself, Lopez read a statement during sentencing in which he said that on November 1, 2020, “the unimaginable happened, the life of an innocent woman was taken because of my bad decisions. “, according to prosecutors. He called it a “tragic accident” and apologized.

The judge responded by calling Lopez’s statement “poetic nonsense,” according to prosecutors.

“You should have stopped with ‘I’m sorry,'” Sypniewski said, according to prosecutors. “Nothing is unimaginable about what you have done. It is very imaginable and predictable.

The judge also called the crash “probably the most horrific crash this count has ever seen, the last thing it should be called a tragic accident,” Sypniewski said, according to prosecutors.

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