Woman accused of killing NYPD cop in hit-and-run took 19 swigs of booze, smoked weed just hours before: videoin a drunken hit-run didn’t bat an eyelash as she was found guilty on all charges Tuesday — while the officer’s widow burst into tears.
Jessica Beauvais, 32, of Long Island was convicted of aggravated manslaughter in the second degree along with vehicular manslaughter in the second degree and leaving the scene of an incident without reporting it in the 2021 horror that killed NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos on the Long Island Expressway.Beauvais’ sentencing was scheduled for December 14. She faces up to 20 years in prison.
Outside the courtroom, defense attorney Jorge Santos was overheard telling colleagues “There wasn’t really anything we could do.” “Tough, tough case. I’m looking forward to going to go home and crawling into bed for two weeks,” he said. “This kind of case, I don’t want to do this anymore.” headtopics.com
“This was a f**king awful trial. Just the nature of the trial.” Santos said, adding, “ gave us a fair trial … I can’t ask for anything more.” Officer Tsakos’ grieving wife, Irene, has remained stoic throughout the proceedings but let out an audible cry as the verdict was read, and dropped her head into her hands. She then pushed her way across the courtroom and hugged both assistant district attorneys who prosecuted the case.Beauvais slammed into Tsakos as he was directing traffic around an accident on the expressway at around 2 a.m. early one morning in April 2021.
The impact from Beauvais’ 2013 Volkswagen threw him high into the air, mangled his face, and tore one of his legs from his body, the courtroomBeauvais sped away from the scene without stopping. She had been driving 81 mph on the expressway, before slowing down to about 56 mph before the collision, NYPD Sgt. Robert Denig testified.Her blood alcohol limit was .15, nearly twice the legal limit, when she was finally apprehended and arrested. headtopics.com