Marco Muzzo has been sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by a 12-year driving ban after pleading guilty to four counts of impaired driving causing death in a crash that claimed the lives of three children and their grandfather.
Superior Court Justice Michelle Fuerst says the victims’ family will forever be suffering from the “life sentence” imposed by Muzzo’s drunk driving.
After adjournment, Jennifer Neville-Lake, whose father and children were killed in the crash, gave a tearful statement to media, showing a homemade binder full of photographs of her parents, herself and her husband, her children, and the urns in which the decedents’ remains are housed.
“That’s what going through my head right now — the fact that (Muzzo’s) sentence is 10 years and none of my children saw 10 years,” she said. “None.”
Neville-Lake spoke specifically of “choices” in her prepared remarks, delivered with support of a York Regional Police officer.
“This was a choice made by an individual,” Neville-Lake said. “Choices are actions that have consequences. When you choose to drink and drive, you’re hurting other families. You’re killing someone else’s babies — like mine were killed.”
Muzzo, 29, had pleaded guilty to four counts of impaired driving causing death and two of impaired driving causing bodily harm.
Nine-year-old Daniel Neville-Lake, his five-year-old brother Harrison, their two-year-old sister Milly and the children’s 65-year-old grandfather, Gary Neville, died last September after the van they were in was hit by a speeding Muzzo, who was driving an SUV.
Muzzo’s lawyer, Brian Greenspan, wouldn’t engage with reporters about Muzzo’s state of mind, but did clear up what he said was “misinformation” about the proceedings, also assuring people that Muzzo “fully accepts” his sentence and takes “full responsibility” for his actions.
Greenspan said that Muzzo would be eligible for parole in around three years.
Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 10 to 12 years behind bars and a ban on driving for eight to 10, but the defence had argued an eight-year sentence would be enough.