A well known Skaneateles chef is headed to prison for a drunk driving fatal accident in the Town of Fleming in March.
53-year old Stephen Landon on Tuesday was sentenced by Judge Thomas Leone in Cayuga County Court to up to 13 years for the head-on wreck that killed 25-year old Travis Manwaring of Auburn and injured his fiance, 27-year old Jessica Bohall, 26-year old Matthew McIntosh and 17-year old Zachary McIntosh.
Landon had been drinking while driving home from Ithaca on March when he crossed the center line on a curve on Route 34 at the Fleming-Scipio Town Line Road and slammed head-on into the Manwaring vehicle. He had a blood alcohol content of .20, nearly three times the legal limit.
Landon has worked as a chef at the Mirbeau Inn & Spa. In a tearful address to the court he took full responsibility for his actions and apologized to his victims and the first responders. He said the guilt he feels is endless and he thanked the Manwaring family for showing compassion to his own wife, to whom he also apologized.
Senior ADA Diane Adsit said in a release that Tuesday was the 9th anniversary of another DWI homicide that she prosecuted and lamented that the laws still do not treat killing people with a vehicle while intoxicated the same as someone killing people with a gun, even though state law defines a motor vehicle as a dangerous weapon when driven by a drunk driver.
Judge Leone said that crimes such as these are senseless and entirely preventable, but that there was some sense of comfort to hear the defendant taking full responsibility for his actions.