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Southwest Queens: Rodriguez sentenced in Gibbons death

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Posted: Monday, May 7, 2012 4:33 pm | Updated: 2:29 am, Thu Oct 11, 2012.

A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison on Monday for the hit-and-run accident that killed a popular Maspeth businessman on Oct. 15.

Peter Rodriguez, 37, pleaded guilty last month to criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene of the fatal accident that killed 37-year-old George Gibbons on the service road to the Long Island Expressway.

He was arrested in Connecticut following one month on the run.

Gibbons’ five brothers and sisters all spoke prior to sentencing by Acting Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Chin Brandt.

Rodriguez did not look up once during their statements.

Making a statement of his own, Rodriguez said he was sorry for the accident, and that he ran from the scene because he was scared, not because he had been drinking, as some have alleged.

Gibbons’ father, George Gibbons Sr., also was in court, as were about 100 friends and supporters of the family, all wearing shirts, sweaters, dresses or jackets in various shades of green.

Family members and supporters vowed that they will attend every parole hearing for which Rodriguez is eligible in an attempt to make sure he serves as close the seven-year maximum as possible

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