Widow of NYPD Officer Forgives Drunken Driver
Michael Bowen of Brooklyn killed Officer Andre Menzies in a wrong-way crash on the Northern State Parkway in 2010
NYPD officer Andre Menzies (left) was killed by wrong-way drunk driver Michael Bowen (right), officials said.
Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 Updated at 8:36 AM EDT
The widow of a New York City police officer has forgiven the drunken driver who killed him while going the wrong way on a Long Island highway.
Michael Bowen of Brooklyn pleaded guilty last month to aggravated vehicular homicide and other charges in the November 2010 head-on crash.
Officer Andre Menzies was driving home from work when he was killed on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills.
Bowen was so drunk that he thought he was in Westchester County.
A Suffolk County judge sentenced Bowen on Monday to 6 to 19 years in prison.
A tearful Natasha Menzies said both her husband and Jesus would have forgiven Bowen, so she did, too.
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