Buffalo man sentenced to one year in jail after serious crash last May


A Buffalo man has been sentenced to 12 months in county jail after a serious crash that left another man in long-term care recovering from a traumatic brain injury.

Prosecutors say Marshawn Levy, 33, had a BAC of .12% when he crashed his vehicle head-on into another vehicle that was stopped on Bailey to turn onto East Delevan in May, 2017.

The driver of the car Levy hit was in the hospital for about a month with a severe leg injury.

The passenger in the car that was hit is still in long-term care dealing with the long-term impacts of a traumatic brain injury that left him unable to speak or eat on his own.

In court Thursday, Levy said he was sorry. “I see it’s hard on his mother and everybody, and I accept my responsibility,” he added.

Levy was facing up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to a vehicular assault charge in February. Instead, he was sentenced to 12 months in the Erie County Jail and a $1,000 fine.

“It’s troubling that you got in a car and did what you did without thinking of the consequences that you’ve caused to other people, and for that you have to be punished,” said State Supreme Court Justice John Michalski, when he handed down the sentence to Levy Thursday.

In addition to the jail time, Levy’s license was suspended, and he was ordered to have an ignition interlock device in his vehicle for 36 months if and when he gets his license back.

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