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Man to be sentenced in DWI crash that killed Long Island Boy Scout in 2018

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Posted at 11:04 AM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 11:05:01-04

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — A man convicted of fatally striking a Long Island Boy Scout while driving intoxicated will be sentenced Wednesday, exactly two years after the deadly crash, after a judge denied the defense's motion for the verdict to be thrown out.

Thomas Murphy's sentencing was postponed in late August after allegations of jury misconduct, officials said.

Murphy was found guilty in December on several charges in connection with the crash that killed 12-year-old Andrew McMorris.

McMorris was with four other Boy Scouts who were hiking along a road in Manorville when they were struck by a vehicle, according to officials.

Prosecutors described the scene on the September day in 2018 as a "horror show."

One victim didn't walk for four months.

A jury found Murphy guilty on a slew of charges, including driving while intoxicated, aggravated vehicular homicide, second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault and second-degree vehicular manslaughter, according to the district attorney's office.

Murphy initially faced additional charges in the first degree but they were dropped after it was ruled that they were not legally sustainable.

He faces a maximum sentence of eight and one-third to 25 years in prison.

Murphy's attorney has said there's reasonable doubt around all the charges against him and insists his client was not drunk.

Following the guilty verdict, his attorney said they intend to appeal and Murphy maintains his innocence.