SOMERVILLE — On Friday morning, May 23, Judge Robert B. Reed sentenced Amie Marroccelli to seven years in state prison and the loss of her driving privileges for five years after her release for causing the death of 22-year-old Steven Wall in October of 2010 by drunkenly crashing her vehicle into his in Warren Township.
Reed called Marroccelli a liar whose "cruel and wicked scheme to avoid the consequences of her conduct" made her "disingenuous and despicable."
Marroccelli was convicted of second-degree vehicular homicide on March 17 in state Superior Court in Somerville.
A Somerset County jury found Amie Marroccelli, 41, of Union Township, guilty of second-degree vehicular homicide.
At the request of the state, presiding Superior Court Judge Robert Reed rescinded Marroccelli’s bail and remanded her to the Somerset County Jail pending sentencing. The state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Merrill Mezzacappa.
The nearly two-week trial and two days of deliberations centered on Marroccelli’s shifting account of who was driving the vehicle. For her conviction on a vehicular homicide charge, she faces between five and 10 years in state prison.
On Oct. 10, 2010, a BMW driven by either Marroccelli or her husband Jason Bradbury, traveling eastbound in the left lane of Route 78 in Warren Township, entered the center lane and struck the driver's side of a Subaru driven by Steven E. Wall, 22, of Annandale.
The Subaru rotated across a grass embankment and struck a tree as a result of the impact and Wall ultimately died as a result of the injuries he sustained from the crash.
New Jersey State Troopers detected an odor of alcohol on Marroccelli’s breath at the scene of the collision, and she was subsequently arrested for drunken driving after she told police she, not her husband, was driving the car. She was later found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.087 percent. Additionally, Police determined that her vehicle was traveling at 80 mph at the time of the impact.