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Driver in Fatal DWI Accident Sentenced to Prison

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The driver in the DWI crash that killed Bryce Buchholz, 14, will spend the next 1 to 3 years behind bars.

Michael Ettipio, 24, was sentenced to one to three years in state prison and his license was revoked for one-year. 


In June, Ettipio pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter.  He was also charged with driving while intoxicated.

Ettipio could have been sentenced up to 15 years in prison. 

2 On Your Side's Pete Gallivan was in court during the sentencing.  He said Ettipio addressed the court saying "Never in a million years did I think I could cause so much pain". At the end of his statement, Etipio turned to the Buchholz family and tearfully apologized to them before his sentence was handed down.

Buchholz was riding his bike along Lake Avenue in Lancaster last May when he was hit and killed.

Witnesses told police Ettipio had been drinking prior to the crash.

He left the scene, and a man who witnessed the crash followed Ettipio to his home then drove him back to the site so Ettipio could turn himself into police.


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