SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - A Rotterdam man received the maximum sentence for a fatal hit-and-run in Schenectady County Courthouse Thursday.
Anthony Gallo was sentenced to 12 and a half to 25 years for aggravated vehicular homicide and an additional seven years for leaving the scene of the accident which killed 19-year-old Cassandra Boone in November 2011. The sentences will run consecutively, potentially leaving Gallo in state prison for the next 32 years.
Boone was an ambitious college student was on her way home from Schenectady County College on that fateful night.
A friend spoke on behalf of Boone's family in court Thursday saying, "Your honor, the defendant showed no respect for the life of another human being. Only a person with a cold heart would leave [her] in the street like he did."
Gallo was driving drunk and high on drugs without a valid license when he struck Boone in his truck and then took off, leaving her to die.
The pain was still too difficult for Boone's mother, who left the courtroom in tears before the judge read the sentence.
Gallo's attorney says he feels the jury was too emotional during trial and he plans to file an appeal. "He's remorseful and I think he recognizes the gravity of what has occurred and what has been going on over the past several months and this really has sunk in quite deeply with him."