Thomas Vaughan sentenced to 9 months in DWI pedestrian fatality

"Vaughan's attorney, Stephen O'Brien of Nesconset, apologized to the Kroll family on his client's behalf.

"There are no winners and losers in a case like this," he said.

O'Brien said his client was eager to take responsibility for what he did and hoped to get control of his alcohol problem in jail. Vaughan has an earlier DWI conviction. As part of the jail term, State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho ordered that Vaughan serve his time in the Suffolk County jail's Stop-DWI facility.

Assistant District Attorney Alfred Croce said his office recommended a sentence of 1 year in jail.

O'Brien told Camacho, "He is a very good man. I expect you will never see him back here.""