Buffalo, NY - A West Seneca man, who pleaded guilty to DWI charges in a November 2013 crash that killed a West Seneca Democratic leader, has been sentenced to three years probation and other conditions.
Robert Styn Jr. told the family of Daniel McParlane in court that he was sorry the accident occurred and apologized. An investigation determined Styn was driving drunk. But investigators also determined that because of the weather conditions McParlane's vehicle slid on ice into Styn's path and the accident was unavoidable.
McParlane was an Erie County Sheriff's Deputy who was enroute home that evening following meetings connected to his role as the West Seneca Democratic Chairman.
NYS Supreme Court Justice Russell Buscaglia assured the families that he had reviewed the investigation of the crash and that it was thoroughly handled by West Seneca Police. Even though some family members related to McParlane wanted the maximum with jail time, the judge felt three years probation was justified because again the accident could not be avoided by Styn.
Styn admitted guilt on misdemeanor charges of aggravated DWI and DWI.
In addition to probation, Styn lost his driver's license for three years, must pay fines and fees, undergo counseling, and attend a DWI court with special monitoring with a device to make sure he does not drink alcohol. He must also agree to 250 hours of community service.
Both families and the District Attorney declined to comment. But defense attorney James Vallone felt the sentence was appropriate under the circumstances. He said Styn has undergone counseling and has suffered some psychological effects since the crash like flashbacks.