High, drunk motorcyclist in Lake George gets up to life in prison in fatal crash
The man who admitted to crashing a motorcycle into a family walking on the Warren County Bike Trail and killing two people was sentenced on Tuesday to 15 years to life in prison.
Anthony Futia of Albany was speeding and driving drunk and under the influence of drugs, when he lost control of his motorcycle on the bike path in Lake George on June 12, 2022.
Futia struck a group of six people walking on the path off Route 9 near the Lake George Expedition Park. The crash killed 38-year-old Jamie Persons and his 8-year-old stepson Quinton Delgadillo. Delgadillo’s mother and Persons’ fiancée Jasmine Luellen were severely injured.
Futia pleaded guilty in January of 2023 to manslaughter and aggravated vehicular homicide.
The sentence followed tearful statements from Delgadillo’s mother and Persons’s sister.
“I never got to hold his hand and reassure him that his new life in heaven was going to be so beautiful. I Simply never got to say goodbye,” Luellen said about her son.
Persons’ sister brought a small urn with some of his ashes.
“I just wanted to bring a piece of my brother here today,” she said.
She told the judge that Futia has sentenced her family to a lifetime of grief.
“Anthony Futia made a decision for our family and friends on June 12, 2022 without our permission. We had no say in it,” she said.
When given the opportunity to speak, Futia apologized for his actions.
“For the rest of my life I’m going to know that I took them people, and I’m sorry for that,” he said.
Smith had sentenced him as a persistent felony offender because of previous convictions.
“Your complete and utter disregard for the value of human life on that day is inexcusable and appalling, and Mr. Futia, prisons were built for people like you.”
Futia’s attorney, Tucker Stanclift, plans to appeal the sentence. Stanclift has argued that the first of Futia’s three felony convictions that counted to the designation as a persistent felony offender should not count because he was just 18 at the time. He said his client should be given the chance to get out of prison.
“What happens over the next years at a minimum with Mr. Futia will provide an opportunity for there to be rehabilitation to, for there to be reflection,” he said.
District Attorney Jason Carusone responded to that statement.
“Well, we don’t know what he’s going to do in the next 15 years and that’s true, we don’t. But we do know what he’s done in the last 15 and we know what he did here, and his behaviors warrant the sentence that he’s received.”