FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A Rehoboth man was sentenced to state prison Tuesday for hitting and killing a motorcycle rider while driving drunk back in 2016.
Earlier this month, Jeffrey Fisk Jr., 42, pleaded guilty to manslaughter while under the influence of intoxicating liquor in the death of Anthony Kishfy, 62.
The judge on Tuesday sentenced Fisk to no less than six and no more than eight years behind bars, and he’ll receive credit for the 49 days he’s spent on home confinement.
“I’m glad it’s over. No matter how many years he gets it’ll never bring my brother back,” Kishfy’s sister Christine Allen said.
On the afternoon of June 25, 2016, Kishfy was riding his motorcycle on Agricultural Avenue when he was hit head-on by a pickup truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Prosecutors said a blood test following the crash revealed Fisk’s blood alcohol content to be 0.19, which is more than twice the legal limit.
Fisk’s sentence was increased after he was arrested for violating the terms of his probation this past weekend, according to prosecutors. They said he admitted to drinking rum and his blood alcohol content registered 0.02 and 0.03. As a result, they requested a sentence of seven and a half to 10 years in prison.
The defense again asked for the mandatory minimum of five years, saying Fisk was in the process of reporting the violation when he was taken into custody. They also noted that he’s owned up to the mistake and didn’t try to flee from police.
“I’m glad that he increased the sentence and I’m glad the family can move forward with their lives – obviously never forgetting what happened – but something has happened to the defendant of substance and he has been held accountable,” Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III said outside court.
“Instead of having my brother at Easter, [Fisk] was still drinking and it’s just a shame that he doesn’t realize what he did he doesn’t care,” Kishfy’s sister Rose Amaral said.
“Even though he’s going to go to jail for killing my brother,” she added, “he’s giving us a death sentence for the rest of our lives.”