Drag Racer Convicted in Death of Man, 86

Everardo Nieto sentenced to four to 12 years in prison after drunken drag race ended in head-on collision.

The Bronx man who, while driving drunk, , will spend up to 12 years in prison, according to the Nassau County District Attorney's office.

Everardo Nieto, 33, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, aggravated vehicular assault, second-degree assault, and driving while intoxicated. Nassau County Judge Philip Grella sentenced Nieto to four to 12 years in prison Monday in the death of Myron Jacobs.

At 4:50 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2010, Nieto was drag racing in his 2000 Ford landscaping truck on Jericho Turnpike when he according to the DA's office. Jacobs was pronounced dead at 5:18 p.m., according to police reports, while his wife, Lucille, 84, was rushed to Nassau University Medical Center with critical injuries.

According to the DA's office, Nieto had a blood-alcohol content of .08 percent and a nearly empty vodka bottle was found in his truck. Nieto has a history of drunk driving, according to police, and in July 2009, was arrested in Queens for DUI, for which his license was suspended for 90 days.

“The victim’s family will never be made whole, but I hope that today’s sentence brings them some solace and makes others think twice before driving under the influence," Kathleen Rice, Nassau district attorney, said.

Nieto's attorney, Chris Devane, could not immediately be reached for comment.


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