BUFFALO, NY - An Amherst town judge Wednesday re-sentenced John Pieri to 30 days in jail and three years probation for encouraging the driver of a hit and run car to leave the scene of a 2009 accident.
Earlier this year Amherst Town Court Justice Mark Farrell sentenced Pieri to spend a year in prison for encouraging Andrea Glinski to leave the scene of the accident that injured seriously injured two women. That sentence was overturned on a technicality.
When he was found guilty last November, Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said at that time it was the first time in New York State history that a passenger has been convicted in a criminal crash.
John Pieri was Andrea Glinski's passenger and boyfriend the day she hit two women on Main Street near Daemen College. Glinski told police when she was arrested that Pieri encouraged her to leave the scene of the crash. Pieri admitted to police that he told Glinski to "go through the green light ahead" after hitting the two women.
In addressing the court in November, Pieri said he regrets he did not do more from a moral and human perspective, adding that not a day goes by that he doesn't think about the incident.
Pieri was found guilty of criminal solicitation in the 4th degree.
Sedita says while the law has always been on the books, prosecutors rarely go after passengers as the crime is hard to prove. In this case, not only was Glinski's statement and Pieri's admission used as evidence, but Glinski's testimony during the trial is what prosecutors say, sealed the deal.
Sedita says he's gotten calls from the Bronx district attorney's office asking for information into how the case was prosecuted as it now sets precident for similar cases.
Glinski is currently serving a one to three year sentence in state prison.