ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A man accused of killing two people in a car crash in 2014 was found guilty on all charges, including manslaughter.
Tyler Pascuzzi is accused of killing Alicia Tamboia and Cody Veverka on July 4, 2014. The two were riding with him when he crashed into another car and a tractor trailer while driving drunk on the Thruway in Guilderland.
Cameras were not allowed inside the courtroom, but NEWS10 ABC reporter Lauren Linder was there when the verdict was read after less than two hours of deliberations.
There were a lot of emotions from both sides.
“It took 2.5 years, and now finally, we’re getting an answer,” Joe Veverka said.
Joe was relieved to hear a jury found Pascuzzi guilty in his cousin’s and Tamboia’s death. Since the trial began last Tuesday, the prosecution argued forensic evidence proved Pascuzzi drove his car faster than 150 miles per hour and his blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit.
“We believe that the jury had all the information that they needed to have in order to arrive at that conclusion,” Albany County District Attorney David Soares said.
On the other side, the defense claimed the prosecution lacked convincing DNA evidence. They said Veverka was the one behind the wheel.
“We thought the scientific evidence that the state police had gathered with respect to the DNA was pretty persuasive proof,” defense attorney Michael McDermott said.
The prosecution credits the New York State Police Reconstruction Team for proving Pascuzzi was always the driver.
“Without that work, which took a lot of time, you know, determining who the driver was would have been impossible,” Soares said.
The defense stands by their argument.
“I don’t know what else we could have done,” defense attorney Steve Coffey said. “The proof went in as strong as we could have had.”
For Joe, the verdict was a long time coming.
“Today’s the answer where justice is served for them, and may they rest in peace,” he said.
Pascuzzi will be facing 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison. He will be sentenced on April 5.
The defense said it’s too early to determine if they will appeal.