An off-duty police officer got two to seven years for causing a fatal drunk driving crash in 2013.
Former Sgt. Thomas Winkis was driving at 101 miles per hour on a road with a 35 mph speed limit when he crashed into the vehicle of 55-year-old David Farries on Sept. 14, 2013.
Winkis was found to have a blood alcohol content level of .10 two hours after the crash, which occurred around 11:45 p.m. at State Road and Ashburner Street in Holmesburg.
Farries was making a turn onto State Road when Winkis' 2002 Dodge Challenger, traveling south on State Road, collided with Farries' Ford Econoline van. Farries was ejected from his vehicle. Both drivers were hospitalized.
Farries died on Sept. 17 at 7 a.m.
Winkis pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter, DUI and recklessly endangering another person.
Reports says Winkis had been drinking at Maggie's Waterfront Bar in Torresdale with a friend and consumed nine beers and three shots before the crash.
Winkis was also recently bereaved at the time. Just a week before the crash, on Sept. 7, his wife Michelle, also a police officer, had collapsed at work from a brain aneurysm and died days later.
Before the sentence was handed down, Winkis said he was sorry for the pain he caused the victim's family, according to prosecutor Thomas Lipscomb.
In addition to the two to seven year sentence, Winkis was ordered to pay funeral costs -- reportedly $15,000.
The legal BAC limit for "impairment" is .08.