Updated 02/27/2013 05:00 PM
Woman sentenced for crash that left motorcycle rider disabled
The woman who admitted to being under then influence of multiple drugs and of alcohol when she hit a man on a motorcycle last year went before a judge. YNN's Katie Morse tells us Jennifer Garno's sentence, and what her victim and his family had to say.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jennifer Garno sobbed and wiped away tears in court Wednesday as she faced a judge - and the man on a motorcycle she slammed into last June.
The 36-year-old admitted to being drunk and high on morphine, cocaine and marijuana when she ran a red light on West Utica Street in Buffalo, hitting 51-year-old Jeffrey Stanton.
"If I could take back what happened that day I would. I'm just truly sorry I put that man through that, and his family, and I feel like I deserve whatever I get. I feel real horrible about it," she said.
Garno's attorney told Judge Christopher Burns his client has struggled with substance abuse over the years, and needs to get help for her addiction.
Burns sentenced Garno to one-and-a-third to four years behind bars. Her attorney hopes she'll take that time to get clean.
"There are avenues to get help in jail. She has to make the effort. Based on what she said today, I think that she will," said Paul Michalek Jr., defense attorney.
Stanton and his sister, Maureen Malott, sat together to listen to the sentence. Afterwards, she told the media about the recovery her brother has gone through.
"This is not somebody who is overweight. This is somebody whose guts are outside of his body and had to have a skin graft to keep them together with his body. That's going to be with him the rest of his life. There is no recovery from that. So it's an ongoing process, he's disabled the rest of his life because of it," said Malott.
Stanton didn't say much about the sentencing, but did say he didn't feel much closure.
Garno will be eligible for parole in about 15 months.