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Former Chicago detective receives 8-year sentence for deadly DUI crash

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Former Chicago Police detective Joseph Frugoli was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for his 2009 drunken crash that claimed the lives of two young men.

SEE: Ex-cop pleads guilty to killing two in 2009 DUI crash

Frugoli smashed his Lexus SUV into a stalled out car that was stranded in the far right lane of the Dan Ryan Expressway, killing Fausto Manzera, 21, and Andrew Cazares, 23.

Frugoli pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI in September. His blood alcohol level was three and a half times above the legal limit. He was also convicted by a judge of leaving the scene of a fatal crash.

After the sentencening, Fausto Manzera's mother Maria Velez exited the courthouse crying out repeatedly "it's not fair."

"We just witnessed corruption at it's best," said Velez. "We just witnessed the police department getting favoritism. 8 years for the life of two boys, two lives taken. Eight years, where's the justice? I'm devastated, heartbroken. I've relived this for three and a half years. For a judge to put 8 years on the life of my son, it's not fair…it's not fair."

On Friday, Frugoli apologized for his actions, saying, "that night was the worst night of my life. I failed at what I dedicated my life to do.".

Earlier, relatives of the victims spoke about their loved ones.

"How do I accept the loss of the most important man in my life?" asked Cazares' mother, Lorena Buenrostro. "Every day I try not to cry," she said.

"He's had the option to say something in past courts, he's never said anything at all," said Cazares' cousin, Jessica Velasquez. "I know he did not do this intentionally, but if he truly did show remorse we would've seen it since the beginning."

Other witnesses testimony detailed previous car crashes involving Frugoli, including a 2008 incident in which Frugoli T-boned a marked police squad car, which left one of the officers inside hospitalized.

The defense refused to comment to reporters after the sentencing, but both victims' families said eight years isn't enough.

 

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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