Man sentenced in fiery crash that severely burned teen

January 31, 2018 03:47 PM

ALBANY - Michael Carr sobbed as he listened to Niko DiNovo's relatives describe what they - and Niko - have been though since the October 2016 crash at Blessings Tavern in Colonie.

"We were told Niko only had a 1-percent chance to make it that night.  The past 400 days my family falls asleep in exhaustion and prayer not knowing if my brother will be alive the next time I walk in there (Westchester Medical Center)," explained Niko's older brother, Michael DiNovo.

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Carr pleaded guilty to felony assault and DWAI. He was sentenced to six years in state prison.  Niko, who was 16 at the time of the crash but is now 17,  has had 29 surgeries to help heal the third degree burns that covered 95-percent of his body.

"It's really not justice.  Justice would be God bringing Niko back home to us.  That's justice.  Mikey Carr could spend one day or a million days in jail and that won't change what happened to my brother," added DiNovo.

At one point, prosecutors showed Carr a picture of his young friend, taken in the hospital where's he's been since the crash.

"Niko doesn't deserve this.  He is a loving and caring friend and I can't wait for the day when that I see him.  I'm sorry, truly and deeply, to everyone I've hurt," said Michael Carr in court Tuesday.

The DiNovo's say it's Niko's strength - and their faith - that have helped them this far.  Now with court behind them, their primary focus can be Niko's recovery.

"Sitting up here, me looking at you, you looking at me.  I forgive you," cried Davina Resciniti, Niko's aunt, at the end of her victim impact statement.

Blessings Tavern burned to the ground as a result of the crash and hasn't been rebuilt.

WEB EXTRA: Full court statement by Michael Carr at sentencing


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