NJ teen who killed friend in 118-mph prom crash is locked up
NEWTON — A teen who killed his 17-year-old friend a day after the prom in a 118-mph crash is about to spend the first years of his adulthood behind bars.
The teen driver — who was charged as a juvenile because he was 17 years old at the time of the crash in May, but whose identity has been widely reported as Anthony Burke, of Newton — was sentenced this week to three years in a youth detention facility, the New Jersey Herald reported.
The law governing the incarceration of juvenile defendants will allow Burke to quickly seek parole and he may be out in about a year. He also will face driving restrictions after his release, the Herald added.
If Burke's case had been handled in adult criminal court, as prosecutors had wanted, the second-degree death by auto charge to which he pleaded guilty as a juvenile could have resulted in a prison sentence of five to 10 years.
Burke was driving a rented Mercedes C300 that went off Greendale Road in Fredon on May 11, according to State Police.
The crash killed Alexis "Lexi" Faye, the daughter of a Newtown school board member.
Burke and passenger Maria Fiore, 16, of Andover, had to be airlifted to a hospital. A third passenger, Nicholas Chavarria, 17, of Newton, suffered minor injuries.
The group was returning home from a trip to Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. They had been at their prom the night before.
Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-359-5348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.