Naperville man convicted of drunken driving won't go to prison

Daily Herald report

A Naperville man convicted of drunken driving in a fatal Wisconsin crash last July that caused the death of a passenger won't go to prison.

Guy Maras, 55, was convicted of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle for the July 29 crash in Underhill that killed his friend, Joseph Gallagher, 54.

Maras was driving at 100 mph when the car went off the road and crashed into a tree stump. His blood alcohol level was .169, more than twice the limit of .08.

Maras, 54, was sentenced Friday to one year in jail -- avoiding prison time because of the comments from Gallagher's widow: "His prison is living with this for the rest of his life," according to media reports.

Oneida County Judge Patrick O'Melia said that statement led him to stay a three-year prison sentence in favor of 15 years on probation, a year in jail, a $5,000 fine and 80 hours of community service. If Maras gets his driver's license reinstated, he must have an ignition interlock for five years, according to the report.

Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.