Eastchester Resident Gets Prison Time, Called Out On Negligent Parenting

Judge Raymond Hamill sentenced Eastchester resident Michael Ware to between 6.5 and 16 years in prison Thursday for allowing reckless and criminal acts to occur that may have been prevented when he let his at the time, 15 year-old daughter, drive his SUV with friends this time last year which flipped several times, killing three on board. The judge spared no effort to deride Ware’s actions, calling him a “failure to be a father” with parents and family members of the victims also having their say in court. Judge Hamill also mentioned that Ware had lied to authorities during the course of the investigation, who placed blame solely on his daughter denying he gave her permission to drive, later recanting the statement. Ware responded to the charged against him by saying, “I can only say, hopefully, this brings some form of closure for everyone affected by this horrible tragedy. Neither I nor my daughter ever meant any harm to anyone that day.” In July, he plead guilty to three counts of reckless endangerment and three counts of involuntary manslaughter in Wayne Count Court for which he faced a maximum of 21 years in prison and $45,000. His daughter was seen in juvenile court where she acknowledged her responsibility in the vehicular homicide and was given an indefinite probation, 300 community service hours, and assigned with a 2,000 word essay. Ware’s lawyer Robert Reno claimed they would appeal the decision.

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