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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- One of the people involved in the crash that killed a Fairport High School teacher last summer is sentenced to more than seven years in state prison.
Both Meagan Merkel, 24, and Mark Scerbo, 23, were sentenced in court on Monday after they were convicted in the death of Heather Boyum, 40.
Merkel received a sentence of three years on conditional discharge, which means she cannot be arrested during that time. She was convicted at trial on DWI charges, but has served enough time since the crash to satisfy the sentence.
Scerbo was sentenced for at least 7.5 years in state prison. He was speeding on a motorcycle last July and struck Boyum's bicycle on Route 250. She was then run over by Merkel's car.
Scerbo could also face as much as 15 years in prison and pay about $26,000 in fines and damages.
"He's always placing his own interests ahead of societal interests. That was my main argument in asking for the maximum sentence, and I think the judge realized that and sentenced him," explained Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Raymond Benitez.
"We just have the pain without the shock now. Last year we had shock to sort of help us through, and now it's pain," said Bonnie Venton, Boyum family friend. "I'm glad what's done is done, but it's just, what can be done with the justice system is done. But her family is left to deal with this forever."
Many people spoke in the courtroom, including Boyum's mother, as well as Merkel and Scerbo. However, the most poignant words came from Boyum's husband, Eric.
He said, "I am most disappointed that Heather was only here to be our children's mother for four and seven years. The moments we have all lost together are heartbreaking and endless. And they are all the reasons Heather worked so hard to bring those children into this world."