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Frustration Following Sentencing of Wrong Way Driver

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A Getzville man will serve 3 1/2 to 10 1/2 years in jail after admitting he was drunk, speeding and driving the wrong way on the Kensington Expressway when he crashed his pickup into an SUV and caused the death of its two occupants.

Matthew Ruckdaschel, still in a wheelchair from injuries he suffered in the accident,  was sentenced in Erie County Court on Monday morning. He faced 25 years in prison.

Ruckdaschel pleaded guilty in April to aggravated vehicular homicide following a January 2011 crash that killed a pair of cousins: 37-year-old Orlando Anderson, a rental agent and father of three from Buffalo, and 42-year-old carpenter Thomas Johnson, a father of five from Cleveland, Ohio.

Prosecutors say he was driving 78 mph and impaired by marijuana and alcohol at the time of the crash.

Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom during sentencing but Two On Your Side's Pete Gallivan was there to observe the proceedings. The family members of the victims were extremely emotional and upset with the sentencing, according to Gallivan. Family members feel the sentencing is too light.


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