Man Ordered Deported Sentenced For Deadly Drunk Driving Crash

A drunken driver who slammed into a New York City livery cab and killed two people has been sentenced to 3 1/2 to 10 1/2 years in prison.

The wreck came after he was ordered deported and charged in a deadly beating.

Defense lawyer Russell Rothberg says Daryush Omar apologized during sentencing Wednesday in Queens. The 25-year-old Omar pleaded guilty last month to vehicular manslaughter.

The Nov. 16 crash killed cab driver Bessy Velasquez and Panayiota Demetriou, a graduate psychology student from Cyprus.

A 2006 Manhattan murder case against Omar has stalled but remains open. He was ordered deported in 2005, but authorities were unable to remove him amid questions about whether he was a Pakistani or Afghan citizen.


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