Drunk driver Marco Muzzo will learn the price Tuesday for killing four innocent people and seriously injuring two others.

Will he receive a 10-year to 12-year sentence for inflicting carnage that has wiped out a grandfather and three of his grandchildren?

Or, will the court temper its sentence to eight years? In his favour, Muzzo is a first-time offender who pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, comes from a stable, loving family and presents as a low risk to re-offend.

Madam Justice Michelle Fuerst will pass sentence on the 29-year-old grandson of billionaire developer Marco Muzzo on Tuesday.

He pleaded guilty last month to four counts of impaired driving causing the deaths of Neville-Lake children Daniel Neville-Lake, 9, his brother, Harrison, 5, and sister, Milly,2. Their grandfather, Gary Neville, 65, also died.

Muzzo also pleaded guilty to two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm against Neville’s wife Neriza, 64, and her mother, Josefina Frias, 91.

“This is her chance to send an unmistakable message on a high-profile case that could deter others in the future,” said criminal defence law specialist Daniel Brown, who isn’t involved in the case.

Muzzo ran a stop sign at Kirby Rd. and Kipling Ave. in his Jeep Grand Cherokee on Sept. 27, 2015. His Jeep was speeding when it struck the Neville-Lake family’s Dodge Grand Caravan at 85 km/h.

He slammed on the brakes for 3.7 seconds before hitting the victims’ vehicle, which was travelling only 47 km/h.

Muzzo’s blood alcohol concentrations were almost triple the legal limit at the time of the crash.

“This tragedy of almost incomprehensible scope could so easily been avoided, were he to take a cab, or a limousine or a ride,” said Newmarket Crown Attorney Paul Tait.

“Instead, in an act of selfishness, he drove impaired and caused the death of four innocents and seriously injured two others, a 91-year-old woman now with life-altering injuries,” said Tait, who wants an unprecedented 10-year to 12-year sentence.

Supporters defend Muzzo

The signature photo of killer drunk driver Marco Muzzo beaming behind the wheel of an expensive red Italian sports car, distorts the real picture of the man, his family and friends say.

He’s actually a down-to-earth, hard-working guy who seldom flaunts his wealth, insist those who know him best.

Marco Muzzo put in 12-hours days, arriving at his family’s business at 5:30 a.m. and closing it at 6 p.m. He also worked Saturday mornings.

“The media portrayal of Marco couldn’t be further from the truth,” wrote his uncle, Marc A. Muzzo, in one of 92 reference letters filed in court.

“The car is his late father’s sports car and for the past 12 years, we have held a fundraising event in honour of his father, Robert Muzzo, who passed away from cancer in 2004,” wrote the uncle, who heads the family business.

The fundraiser called MotorAmore has raised more than $4 million for Toronto General and Princess Margaret Hospitals.

“Marco only drives that car once a year for the fundraiser in his father’s honour. Marco is not a show off. He really is humble.”

When Marco’s father died, the 17-year-old took on the responsibilities of his household for his mom and two younger sisters, recalled his aunt Enza Muzzo.

Source: Toronto Sun


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