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Cop in Fatal Wrong-Way Crash Could Get 21 Years in Plea Deal


The attorney for a former New Jersey police officer charged with a drunken driving crash that killed a fellow officer and another man says he could face as much as 21 years in prison if he agrees to a plea deal.

Pedro Abad's lawyer says he'll seek a sentence of five to 15 years if that plea happens. Prosecutors will seek a seven-to-21-year term.

Abad crashed while apparently driving the wrong way on a highway on Staten Island in 2015.

Linden Police Officer Frank Viggiano and Linden resident Joseph Rodriguez were killed. Another officer was seriously injured.

Attorney Mario Gallucci tells that if Abad doesn't accept a plea deal by Feb. 22, a trial could be set for as soon as April.

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