Drunk-driving killer Muzzo sentenced to 10 years

April 7, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Marco Muzzo has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after admitting responsibility for drunk driving that took the lives of three children and their grandfather in a horrific crash in Vaughan.

In addition to time served in pre-trial custody, the 29-year-old will serve nine years and four months. He was also sentenced to a driving prohibition for 12 years which will begin after his release.

Last Sept. 27, Mr. Muzzo drove through a stop sign at Kipling Avenue and Kirby Road in Vaughan at high speed and T-boned the minivan carrying six members of a family. The crash claimed the lives of Daniel Neville-Lake, 9, Harrison Neville-Lake, 5, Milly Neville-Lake, 2, and their grandfather Gary Neville, 65. The children’s grandmother and great-grandmother were also seriously injured in the crash. Mr. Muzzo’s blood alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit.

Last month, Mr. Muzzo pleaded guilty to four counts of impaired driving causing death and two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm. While the Crown suggested a prison sentence of 10 to 12 years, the defence argued that an eight-year sentence would be more appropriate.

Superior Court Justice Michelle Fuerst rendered her decision on Tuesday of last week, pointing out that while Mr. Muzzo will be able to return to his family after serving his sentence, the Neville-Lake family will never be the same, and in that way, they are serving their own version of a life sentence.

“The Neville-Lake family will forever be suffering from the life sentence imposed by Mr. Muzzo’s drunk driving,” said Justice Fuerst.

The children’s mother spoke to reporters outside the courtroom following the hearing.

“The sentence is 10 years and none of my children made it to 10 years,” said an emotional Jennifer Neville-Lake.

Written by Angela Gismondi

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