A 24-year-old Plainview man was sentenced to 1 1/3 - 4 years in prison for causing the 2009 crash that killed 45-year-old Suffolk County Police Officer Glen Ciano. Jose Borbon's blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit, and he was talking on a cell phone when he struck Officer Ciano's patrol car in Commack, Long Island, causing it to crash into a pole and burst into flames, trapping Officer Ciano in the car.
Glen was killed on 2/22/09, in his 22nd year on the job, and was the 22nd officer to die in the line of duty in Suffolk. Glen and his wife Susan, the parents of two children, would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last year.
Jose Borbon has been in jail, serving a one-year sentence on an unrelated DWI charge stemming from an arrest six weeks before killing Officer Ciano. Borbon worked out a plea deal on a charge of first-degree vehicular manslaughter; had he gone to trial, he might have faced up to ten years.
This article in the Huntington Patch includes emotional statements made by friends and family just before sentencing.
I had the privilege of working with Glen in the Second Precinct in the late 1980s and early 90s. He is dearly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.