(WNY News Now) – A Little Genesee, New York, man has been sentenced to a combination of jail time, fines, and license revocation for a series of offenses, including Vehicular Manslaughter, stemming from an incident on September 3, 2022, in the Town of Portville.
Town of Portville – In a recent court decision, Skyler Hess faced sentencing for a series of charges related to a tragic incident that occurred on September 3, 2022, in the Town of Portville, New York. Hess, born on August 8, 2002, from Little Genesee, was found guilty on multiple counts, including Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Vehicular Assault, Vehicular Manslaughter, Criminally Negligent Homicide, Reckless Endangerment, Reckless Driving, and several other violations.
The court sentenced Hess to 364 days for each of the DWI charges, which fall under misdemeanor categories §1192 (2) and §1192 (3) of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York. Additionally, a term of 1 1/3 to 4 years was imposed for Vehicular Assault in the Second Degree, a class E felony under §120.03 (1) of the Penal Law. For the more severe charge of Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class D felony under §125.12 (1) of the Penal Law, Hess received a sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years.
Further, Hess faced a 1 1/3 to 4 years term for a second count of Vehicular Assault in the Second Degree, again a class E felony under §120.03 (1) of the Penal Law. The charges continued with a 1 1/3 to 4 years sentence for Criminally Negligent Homicide, a class E felony under §125.10 of the Penal Law. Another class D felony, Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree under Section 120.25 of the Penal Law, earned Hess a term of 2 1/3 to 7 years.
The list of charges concluded with a 364-day term for Reckless Driving under Section 1212 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, and a 15-day sentence for the violation of Moving from Lane Unsafely under Section 1128 (A) of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. Concurrently, all jail terms are to be served with the New York State Department of Corrections.
Hess is also required to pay a total fine of $5,000.00 for the felonies. Furthermore, the court ordered the revocation of Hess’s driver’s license for six months for the misdemeanor charges and one year for the felony charges. Mandatory Ignition Interlock and a total of $650.00 for fines and surcharges were also part of the sentencing.
The incident leading to these charges occurred when Hess operated a motor vehicle on a public highway in the Town of Portville with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.15. Acting with criminal negligence, Hess recklessly operated the vehicle, resulting in the tragic death of another person.