Former Pa. trooper to prison for drunken fatality

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania state trooper has been sentenced to three to six years in prison for a drunken crash that killed a newly married man last year.

Thirty-six-year-old Jeffrey Dalessandro, who had been based out of the Canonsburg barracks in southwestern Pennsylvania, was sentenced Thursday by a judge in Erie.

Dalessandro was off-duty and drunk when his pickup crossed into oncoming traffic in Union Township in Feb. 2012 and hit a sport utility vehicle, killing 21-year-old Daryl Nunemaker.

Dalessandro told Nunemaker’s family that he “made a horrible mistake and because of my selfishness I took D.J. from you. I take full responsibility for that.”

Dalessandro had been a trooper for nine years before pleading no contest in March to drunken driving and homicide by vehicle while driving drunk.

Dalessandro has since quit drinking.

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