David Njuguna in a Boston court for his sentencing on November 21, 2019. He had been found guilty of manslaughter in a crash that killed a policeman. PHOTO/COURTESY
A Kenyan man was on Thursday sentenced to 5-7 years in prison for causing the death of a State Police Trooper in March 2016 in an accident.
David Njuguna, 33 was found guilty on November 12 in Worcester Superior Court of involuntary manslaughter, misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide, and operating to endanger in the crash that killed Trooper Thomas Clardy.
According to CBS news Boston, Njuguna was sentenced after “an emotional” series of impact statements from Clardy’s wife, children, sister and mother.
CBS Boston reported that Njuguna’s car slammed into the back of the Clardy’s cruiser, which was parked during a traffic stop on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Charlton.
Prosecutors said Njuguna was speeding and high on marijuana at the time of the crash.
Prosecutors sought 10-12 year sentence for involuntary manslaughter, saying it reflects “high degree of recklessness.”
Judge Janet Kenton-Walker opted to sentence Njuguna to 5-7 years instead. She also cleared Njuguna of OUI manslaughter and felony motor vehicle homicide because prosecutors did not prove he was high.
Clardy was 44 years old and an 11-year veteran of the State Police. He was married and the father of seven children.
Colonel Christopher Mason, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, said in a statement released after the ruling that a severe punishment would be more commensurate with the murder.
“First and foremost, we are painfully cognisant that no sentence can return Trooper Clardy to those who loved him and love him still. This loss can never be restored, and everyone who loved or worked with Tom would prefer that the law allow for a sentence much more commensurate with the taking of a life under these circumstances.”
Col Mason continued, “Nonetheless we are aware of the sentencing guidelines prescribed by the law and we are grateful for the court’s consideration of the severity of this offence.”