CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 23-year-old man was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after a deadly street racing accident in April of 2009 and will spend at least the next three years behind bars.
Jurors spent all day Tuesday and parts of Monday afternoon deliberating before finding Tyler Stasko guilty on three counts of involuntary manslaughter. Stasko showed no emotion when the judge read the verdict around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.
He was sentenced to 45-54 months in jail.
Police say Stasko was racing when he slammed into the car of Winthrop professor Cynthia Furr. The crash killed Furr and her 2-year-old daughter, who was riding in the back seat.
During the case the state argued Stasko acted with malice when he sped down South Tryon Street and slammed into Furr and her daughter. Hunter Holt, a 13-year-old passenger in Stasko s car, was also killed.
After the trial, Furr's sister fought through tears and told the media they were dissapointed with the sentence.
We want everyone to know how very dark our world is without Cynthia and the baby, said Sharon Furr. We really want everyone to know the loss that we've suffered. We want them to know how sad we are, and we want them to know how sad we are today with this outcome.