A former Milford police officer will serve a year in prison after a plea deal on charges filed in connection with a June 2009 cruiser crash that killed David Servin and Ashlie Krakowski, two 19-year-olds from Orange.
It was an emotional day in court as the former officer, Jason Anderson, 41, was sentenced. Several of the victims’ family members spoke in court and Anderson walked over and addressed them.
David Servin’s mother, Susan, said not a day goes by that the family does not ache or miss their son.
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“The plea agreement – I understand it. I would be in favor of it if the defendant was able to make an apology, express regret, remorse, ask for forgiveness,” Servin said.
Ken Krakowski, Ashlie’s father, spoke out against the plea deal.
“A year in jail just doesn’t seem like enough,” he said.
Going back to the night of the crash that killed his daughter, Ken Krakowski said the officer was put in the first ambulance as his daughter was lying on the road, dying.
Since the crash, has said he cannot sleep and has bad dreams.
“I never said once to anybody, imagine if this was your kid … because you can’t. No one can,” he said.
Anderson addressed the court and the Servin and Krakowski families.
"There's not a night that goes by that I don't think about this," he said, crying. "And I want you to know that I made a mistake that night. OK. I wan't on my game that night and I apologize for your loss 'cause I can't imagine what you're going through," he said.
Anderson told the families that he's prayed for them and hopes they can forgive him.
"From the bottom of my heart, I am sorry for your loss and I hope that you can forgive me, 'cause forgiveness is a big part of what will help you heal," Anderson said.
Anderson was acquitted of manslaughter charges, but he was sentenced to five years in prison in 2013 after being convicted of the lesser charges of misconduct with a motor vehicle and reckless driving.
Then, the state appellate court reversed the conviction and ordered a new trial, finding the trial judge violated Anderson's rights in her instructions to the jury.
On Wednesday, Anderson pleaded no contest to misconduct with a motor vehicle, criminally negligent homicide and reckless driving.
Police said Anderson was returning from a mutual aid call in another town when his cruiser struck the car turning in front him at about 94 mph on Route 1 in Orange.
The cruiser's emergency lights and sirens were off at the time, authorities said, and Milford officials fired Anderson.
On Wednesday, Anderson pleaded no contest and was sentenced to five years, suspended after one. He was also sentenced to three years of probation.