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Southwick man sentenced in pedestrian death


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Southwick man has been sentenced to five to seven years in prison for killing a man while driving drunk.

Thirty-seven-year-old Daniel Leary was sentenced Monday in Hampden Superior Court for the March 2011 death of David Laduzenski of Somerville. Laduzenski, who was 29, was visiting his West Springfield hometown when he was killed standing on a neighbor's lawn.

Leary was convicted last week of motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol and negligent driving. His lawyers say Leary tried to avoid striking Laduzenski.

The Springfield Republican reports Laduzenski's mother told the judge she has urged the Legislature to increase the penalty for motor vehicle homicide. Other family members also spoke of their grief.

Leary told the judge he would take away the family's pain if he could.