Fitzgerald Sentenced to State Prison

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 5, 2010 at 7:10 PM EDT

The family of a Port Dickinson police officer killed while on duty has strong words for the man responsible for his death.

31 year old Patrick Fitzgerald of Fenton was sentenced in Broome County Court.

Fitzgerald was driving drunk when he struck 42 year old Aldo Rossi in 2008.

Action News Reporter Gabe Osterhout tells us what was said before Fitzgerald headed to prison.

Renee Rossi told Broome County Court she waited 528 days to face Patrick Fitzgerald.

She's the widow of Officer Aldo Rossi.

Renee and Aldo's sister, Deana, spoke of their last memory of Aldo.

He was in the hospital after being hit by Fitzgerald's car.

"He took Aldo's life. Aldo couldn't speak on the damage he caused and I felt as his wife that I had to impact Patrick and let him know exactly what he has done to the family and how its affected us for the rest of our lives," Rossi says.

Early on July 27th, 2008, Officer Rossi was outside of his patrol car on Route 7 in Port Dickinson.

He was talking to another driver along the side of the road when he was hit by Fitzgerald.

Investigators say Fitzgerald was driving with a blood alcohol content of .37 percent.

More than 4 times the legal limit.

Fitzgerald pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide and aggravated driving while intoxicated in October.

"We do feel justice was served in this case, certainly a lot of work, time and thought went into it," says senior assistant district attorney Peter DeLucia.

Fitzgerald also spoke.

He told the Rossi family he relives that moment over and over and he will never be at peace.

Fitzgerald also said he is truly sorry for his actions and prays the Rossi family can find peace for their broken hearts.

Rossi's family called Fitzgerald's apology generic.

In Binghamton, Gabe Osterhout, WBNG-TV Action News.

Fitzgerald also will face one year probation after he is released from prison.

And must pay fines totaling $1,325 dollars.

His attorney declined comment.

Renee Rossi continues to run her husband's business.

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