MINEOLA, N.Y. — A New York City teenager involved in a fiery crash on Long Island that killed his four friends has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison.
The judge decided against a four-year youthful offender sentence on Tuesday for Joseph Beer.
The Queens resident pleaded guilty in July to aggravated vehicular homicide. He told a Nassau County judge he had smoked marijuana and was speeding when his high-performance sports car crashed into a tree on the Southern State Parkway in October 2012.
A jury in June had deadlocked on the aggravated vehicular homicide charge. A month later, Beer pleaded guilty, saying he wanted to spare the victims' families the ordeal of a second trial.
Beer was 17 at the time of the crash.