NEWARK, NJ - Anthony Casale Jr., 27, was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison for killing Megan Villanella, a 34-year-old pregnant mother from Verona, with his car in March 2017, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens.
Villanella, who was seven months pregnant and also had a two-year-old daughter, was struck along with her brother, Derek Longo, while standing at a bus stop on Lakeside Avenue and Pease Avenue. Casale—who was charged at the time with driving under the influence (DUI) and DUI within 1,000 feet of a school among other traffic summonses—jumped the curb with his vehicle, killing Villanella and seriously injuring Longo, according to the prosectuor's office
According to Assistant Prosectuor Brian Pollock, who handled the case, Casale entered a guilty plea in January to one count of second-degree vehicular homicide and one count of third-degree causing serious bodily injury while violating the law to protect public health and dafety.
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On Friday, Superior Court Judge Hon. Michael Ravin sentenced Casale to 10 years with the plea agreement.
"The statements from the family make it clear that this was a tremendous loss not only to them but to everyone who knew Megan," Pollock said after hearing from the victim's husband, brother, father and mother. "She was a remarkable woman who was taken far too soon. No amount of prison time can compensate for their loss, but we hope the resolution of the criminal case will give them some solace."
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