8 years for man who killed cop in crash

September 17, 2009 3:01:04 PM PDT
It was an emotional scene in a New Jersey courtroom Thursday, where a man was sentenced for the drunk driving death of a police office from Perth Amboy.Sean McGuirk, 25, was sentenced to eight years in prison. He wept and asked forgiveness during Thursday's hearing in New Brunswick. He pleaded guilty in June to vehicular homicide in the August 2008 crash in Woodbridge.

He hit the car of 31-year-old officer Thomas Raji in Woodbridge last year. The 10-year-veteran, whose wife was expecting the couple's first child, was killed.

Raji and another officer were driving a prisoner to the Middlesex County Correction Center at the time of the accident.

In court Thursday, McGuirk said that every day, he thinks about his stupid decision to drink and drive and the lives he ruined.

Raji's wife Marisol - who is also a Perth Amboy police officer - called McGuirk's sentence fair, saying, "I know that someday I will be able to forgive him."

She gave birth to a daughter in March.

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