The South Jersey man who prosecutors say was drunk when he caused a crash that killed one boy and paralyzed another told the victims' families his father was killed by a drunken driver.
Speaking before he was sentenced Thursday, 62-year-old William Liepe said that was the day in 1969 when he started drinking.
A judge sentenced the Hamilton Township resident to 32 years in prison for aggravated manslaughter and aggravated assault. He must serve at least 27 years before he'll be eligible for release.
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Prosecutors said Liepe had a blood-alcohol level of .19 when he caused a three-vehicle accident that killed 9-year-old Ryan Schleyer and left 11-year-old M.J. Guzman paralyzed in Hamilton in 2011.
The victims' families described their losses.