Brighton man gets up to 6 1/2 years behind bars for killing passenger in drunken tunnel crash he survived

A Suffolk Superior Court judge today sentenced Craig Lawlor, 25, to five to six years in state prison, followed by six months in a county jail, for drunkenly driving his pickup into Jersey barriers in the Sumner Tunnel, which killed his friend, Dillon Cohen, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

A judge found Lawlor guilty of manslaughter by motor vehicle, motor vehicle homicide by operating under the influence of alcohol, and operating under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury in a jury-waived trial last month.

Lawlor's sentence actually includes 2 1/2 years in a county jail, but with two years of that suspended provided he stay out of trouble, test negative on drug and alcohol tests and perform 100 hours of community service.

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