Driver sentenced in manslaughter case


WARSAW — An Eagle man will serve prison time for a violent crash last year which killed his passenger.

Michael A. Conrad, 21, was sentenced Thursday on four separate counts in Wyoming County Court. He will serve 1 1/3 to four years for two counts of second-degree manslaughter; two years for second-degree assault; and a conditional discharge for driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs.

His driver’s license was also revoked.

“Our hearts continue to go out to the Shearing family for the tragic loss of a daughter, sister, and friend Cori,” said District Attorney Donald O’Geen in a statement issued after the sentencing. “While this sentencing will bring finality to the criminal case and some closure there isn’t any sentence that will fill the loss. Hopefully this case will make people think about not drinking or using drugs while operating their cars.”

Conrad admitted in December in court that he was high on drugs and driving at nearly 100 mph on Pleasant Valley Road in Wethersfield. He lost control of his a 2005 Mazda and hit a group of trees.

State police arrived at the scene to find passenger Cori Lynn Shearing, 20, was deceased.

A state police accident reconstruction team later estimated Conrad was driving 97 mph at the time of the crash. Blood tests revealed he was high on marijuana and ecstasy.

Shearing, of Bliss, was a daughter of Shari and Matthew Shearing. She was a 2018 graduate of Letchworth Central School, graduated fourth in her class and was awarded a scholarship to Hilbert College.

She was captain of the swim team in high school, was a member of the Big Buddy club, language club, Student Council, prom committee, math team and basketball and track teams.

Conrad’s sentences will be serviced concurrently in accordance with state law. There was no plea agreement in regards to sentencing.

The case was prosecuted by First Assistant District Attorney Vincent A. Hemming. Public Defender Norman P. Effman represented Martin.

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