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A 24-yr-previous Nanuet manfaces as much as 12 years in state jail for inflicting the dying of a New Metropolis couple by operating a pink mild and crashing into their automotive whereas beneath the affect of medicine.

Matthew Sindone pleaded responsible to a felony cost of aggravated vehicular murder within the crash that killed Neil and Aline Block on Route 304 and Goebel Street in New Metropolis.

Sindone admitted throughout his responsible plea to driving a Lincoln MKT by means of a purple mild on southbound Route 304 and crashing right into a southbound Toyota Camry pushed by Neil Block about 5:12 p.m. June four.

Neil Block, sixty nine, and Aline Block, sixty eight, have been pronounced lifeless on the scene.

Sindone additionally admitted driving after utilizing the prescribed drugs Xanax and Klonopin hours earlier than the deadly crash, District Lawyer Thomas Zugibe stated. A later evaluation of Sindone’s blood revealed a excessive quantity of Xanax indicative of the extent of his impairment on the time, Zugibe stated.

Clarkstown cops discovered Xanax tablets in Sindone’s pocket at Nyack Hospital, the place he was taken by ambulance after struggling cuts to his head in the course of the collision, Zugibe stated in a statement.

“This case should be disturbing to any driver in Rockland County,” Zugibe said. “The defendant’s decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while impaired by drugs resulted in the deaths of two innocent people. Their family will never be whole again. Reckless behavior such as that exhibited by this defendant can neither be tolerated nor go unpunished.”

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Sindone stood with his attorney David Narain during his plea before County Judge David Zuckerman. Sindone answered questions from First Assistant District Attorney James Mellion and Assistant District Attorney Michael Dugandzic during the court session Wednesday at the County Courthouse in New City.

Zuckerman scheduled Sindone’s sentencing for Jan. 10. He faces between four and 12 years in prison.

Sindone, who lived at 73 Church St., has been held in the county jail on $750,000 bail since his arrest after the June collision.

A Rockland grand jury indictment charged Sindone in June with aggravated vehicular homicide; first-degree vehicular manslaughter; two counts of second-degree vehicular manslaughter; and two counts of second-degree manslaughter.

Clarkstown police said Sindone also drove without a license.

Sindone and a Brooklyn man had been arrested in 2015 by Orangetown police on charges of stealing property from cars.

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