Sentencing in deadly DWI

February 27, 2009 4:09:28 PM PST
It was sentencing day for millionaire mogul George Anderson. He was convicted in the hit and run death of a 59-year-old woman last January while driving drunk but the victim's family says Anderson's punishment far from fits the crime.

The judge slightly modified the sentence. Instead of serving 8 days over weekend, George Anderson will serve 15 straight days at Rikers.

"The sentence is unjust...Essentially what happened is a rich man got away with murder," said Jerry Mask.

The 48-year-old Anderson is a CEO of a software technology company who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.

His SUV struck Florence Cioffi as she left a birthday celebration with friends.

The victim's family read a statement in court. "We are not her today seeking vengeance for the death of my sister, rather we are seeking justice," said Lily Alias.

Anderson also read a statement in which he broke down in tears. "I wish to make very clear my remorse for the tragic passing of Ms. Florence Cioffi...I live every moment with the horror of this event."

Bill Mosca was Florence's fiancée. "We except is condolences but I still feel he got away with murder," said Mosca.

In court the prosecutor said they could not prove a stronger case against Anderson because a lack of evidence and because of the fact that Ms. Cioffi was also intoxicated.

Anderson will also have his license suspended for six months and will have to perform 200 hours of community service.


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