Former firefighter who killed 2 in drunk driving crash sentenced to 10 years in prison

Posted at 12:37 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 19:23:02-04

MILWAUKEE -- The former Milwaukee firefighter who pleaded guilty in a drunk driving crash that killed two people near Miller Park last year will serve ten years in prison.

32-year-old Joshua Larson was sentenced Friday, as TODAY'S TMJ4's Casey Geraldo reported on Twitter:

Larson had agreed to a deal to plead guilty to killing Yoruba Sly-Lundasi, an Uber driver, and Wendell Johnson, an out of town businessman, in the crash.

The state recommended Larson get 8 years in prison, but after hearing the case the judge sentenced Larson to 10 years.

The daughters of both men shared their thoughts in court.

"I have a birthday coming up in a few months and my dad won't be here to celebrate it with me,” said Savannah Johnson, Johnson's Daughter. “He won't be here when I graduate high school or get married.”

"I don't know Joshua, I don't know him,” said Tavaree Sly-Lundasi. “But what I know him as now, and from now on as my father's killer."

Larson's attorney, Julius Kim, argues the crash would have happened whether Larson was drinking or not. Larson's blood alcohol level was 0.172. But, Kim said video from inside Sly-Lundasi's car shows he didn't stop at a stop sign before pulling out onto 60th Street. where the crash happened.

Larson spoke before he was given his sentence.

"I offer my most sincere apology I can muster,” Larson said. “I've prayed every day since it's happened for some solitude for the families."

We learned both families have civil attorneys and plan to seek restitution.