FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A Pawtucket man who admitted to killing a woman in a suspected drunk driving crash nearly two years ago is going to prison.
Jason Kwolek, 33, pleaded guilty earlier this month to manslaughter. He was sentenced late Friday morning to five years in prison, followed by another five years probation. In addition, the judge ordered Kwolek to serve one year home confinement following his release.
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The prosecution said on Sept. 20, 2012 an SUV operated by Kwolek crossed over the center line on Route 152 in Attleboro and crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle driven by Kaisha Lynn Geurrini, 24. Officials believe he was driving 44 miles over the speed limit.
Guerrini was rushed to the hospital after the crash, but she died two hours later.
Kwolek had originally faced up to 20 years in prison. He issued an apology to Guerrini’s family in court.
“I am going to pray every single day for her family, and for mine as well, because it impacted them as well, and I just hope that God looks over everybody and makes them feel a little bit less pain in the future. I know this will sit with everyone for their whole lives.”
Wearing her daughter’s photo closer to her heart, Tina Guerrini was upset with the length of Kwolek’s sentence.
“I feel that the time needs to be longer. He took my daughter’s life,” she said.
Despite being upset over the sentence, Tina accepted Kwolek’s apology.
“You have to forgive within your heart or else you can’t go on,” she added. “I really feel bad for his children and his wife and his family, they’re losing a member of their family.”
Guerrini had just been promoted to sergeant after serving six years in the Mass. National Guard.