A Brighton Municipal Court judge today sentenced Nikolas Papadopoulos, 20, to a one-year sentence in a county jail for a Sept. 6, 2013 crash that paralyzed one of his passengers and the driver of the pickup he smashed into head on.
The judge actually sentenced Papadopoulos to two years in jail, but suspended half the sentence on the provision he stay out of trouble for five years. Suffolk County prosecutors had asked for jail time of at least 18 months.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury last week convicted Papadopoulos of negligent operation - a misdemeanor - agreeing with prosecutors that Papadopoulos was responsible for the crash because he was going way to fast for the Arborway when his car crossed the median barrier, flipped over and went head first into a pickup driven by Kevin Cellucci. One of Papadopoulos's passengers, Mark Delamere, then just 14, suffered permanent spine injuries when he was ejected from the car.
In a joint victims' statement, the families of the two most seriously injured people thanked Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office - and blasted Papadopoulos:
His reckless actions have forever changed our lives. The fact that he showed little remorse after the accident, sought to portray himself as a victim and then tried to cast aspersons on the Boston Police Department and the District Attorney's office was reprehensible. Mor. Papadopoulos will most likely not have to serve the time he was given, and he will them move on with his life as he has done since the accident. His life will only be briefly interrupted. The interruption in our families' lives will not end.