O’Brien Granted Stay of Sentence


A retired state trooper from Allegany will stay out of jail for now after the State Court of Appeals granted a stay of his sentence on Thursday.

Lasat week, a Rochester appellate court upheld the 2009 conviction of 70-year-old David O’Brien and the one- to seven-year prison sentence he was given.

O’Brien was convicted of vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and misdemeanor drunken driving for going the wrong way on Route 219 and slamming into the oncoming car of Wendy Karnes of Bradford on April 26, 2008. Karnes was pronounced dead at the scene.

O’Brien’s attorney is arguing that the there were errors in O’Brien’s trial.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    He was a cop, he should know the law; now he should deal with his conviction. He killed someone drunk driving. This is bulls*** the family suffers while he is held up in the law system because noone wants to convict a killing cop.

  2. WiZ says:

    Yea if it were a normal person they’d be sitting in jail right now.

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