WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — The driver in a crash in East Greenwich last year that killed two of his friends has been sentenced to three years in prison after changing his plea to no contest.
Twenty-two-year-old Nicholas Whiteley also will serve three years of home confinement and lose his driver’s license for five years after the prison time, under the sentence imposed Tuesday by a Superior Court judge.
Whiteley apologized to the victims’ families during an emotional court hearing.
The drunken driving crash last February killed two passengers in Whiteley’s car — 19-year-old Michael Ruggieri and 18-year-old Madeline Healey, both of North Kingstown. Whiteley and a third passenger were injured.
Police say Whiteley was racing another driver when he lost control and his car crashed into a utilty pole on Shippeetown Road.