Man who drove while impaired by drugs in fatal Wyoming Co. crash sentenced
Warsaw, N.Y. – A Wyoming County man was sentenced Thursday in connection with a fatal crash last April.
Michael Conrad, 21, of Eagle previously pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, second-degree vehicular manslaughter, assault and driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs.
Conrad was behind the wheel of a vehicle involved in a crash last April on Pleasant Valley Road in Wethersfield. State Police said he was under the influence of marijuana and ecstasy when he lost control of his vehicle, went off-road and crashed into several trees. Prior to the crash, troopers say he was traveling 97 miles per hour.
His passenger, 20-year-old Cori Shearing, died in the crash.
Conrad was sentenced to 1 and 1/3 to 4 years in prison for each of the the manslaughter and the vehicular manslaughter charges, and two years for the assault charge. The sentences will be served concurrently.
In a statement, Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen said, “Our hearts continue to go out to the Shearing family for the tragic loss of a daughter, sister, and friend Cori. While this sentencing will bring finality to the criminal case and some closure there isn’t any sentence that will fill the loss. Hopefully, this case will make people think about not drinking or using drugs while operating their cars.”