Thursday, October 1st, I announced the conviction of a Holbrook man for driving while intoxicated and killing 12-year-old Boy Scout Andrew McMorris, of Wading River, in a motor vehicle crash on Sept. 30, 2018. On the two-year anniversary of the crash, the defendant was sentenced to the maximum of eight and one-third to 25 years in prison.
I want to thank the prosecutors in my Office who were so committed to achieving justice in this case, as well as the Suffolk County Police Department for their partnership in this investigation and prosecution. Most of all, I want to thank the victims’ loved ones and the community for their support. Not only did the families and their supporters stay strong and resolute throughout this process – trusting that justice and the truth would ultimately prevail – but they also managed to turn their grief and their loss into something positive, becoming advocates in the community for safe driving and trying to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again.
While nothing can bring Andrew back, I urge the people of Suffolk County to honor his memory by vowing to never make that selfish, reckless decision to drive drunk. Let that be his legacy: that no other family should ever have to go through this tragedy again.
It is your support that makes it possible for my office to do this incredibly important work.
Timothy D. Sini