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Drunk Driver Receives Maximum Sentence On Second Anniversary Of Death Of The Boy He Killed

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A Suffolk County judge handed down the maximum sentence to a man who was found guilty of drunk driving and killing a Long Island Boy Scout in 2018.

Thomas Murphy was sentenced to eight-and-a-half to 25 years in prison on the second anniversary of 12-year-old Andrew McMorris’s death.

Murphy was intoxicated when he crashed into a group of boy scouts hiking in Manorville.

He was convicted in December on several counts of manslaughter, reckless endangerment and assault.

Murphy’s lawyer had filed court papers alleging juror misconduct. But after a hearing last month, the judge decided not to grant Murphy a new trial.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.