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25-Year-Old Elizabeth Man Pleads Guilty To A Charge Stemming From A Drunk Driving Incident

A 25-year-old city man pleaded guilty to a charge which arose from a DUI accident almost a year ago due to which a New York City firefighter died.

According to acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park, Anthony Marsal appeared before Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim and pleaded guilty to a single count of death by auto for the 11th of October 2013 accident in Union Township due to which 57-year-old John Monteverde died.

The toxicology tests showed that Marsal’s BAC level was more than twice the legal limit shortly after he was taken into custody and that he had ingested cocaine in the hours leading to the accident.

The prosecutor’s office will recommend as part of a plea agreement that Marsal, who has no criminal history or committed any offense before, receive a 5-year prison term when he is sentenced later this year.

According to the prosecutor, Monteverde was going back to work from his Pennsylvania vacation home when his motorcycle was hit by Marsal’s 1996 Honda Accord.

Authorities came to know that Marsal made a left turn from Vivian Terrace onto North Avenue and cut off Monteverde’s 2004 Suzuki motorcycle.

Monteverde, who was wearing a bright reflective vest when the accident happened was ejected from his motorcycle and died because of multiple life-threatening internal and external injuries, Park said. She said Monteverde was travelling to his firehouse in Staten Island when the collision happened.

Marsal will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he will become eligible for parole. After his released, he will be on parole for 3 years and his driver’s license will be suspended for 5 years, the prosecutor’s office told.

News Source: www.NJ.com

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