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Drunk driver who killed NYPD detective sentenced to over 20 years in prison

A woman who drove drunk and speeded through an NYPD barricade, hitting and killing an NYPD detective, was sentenced Wednesday to more than 20 years in prison.

A jury found Jessica Beauvais, 35, of Hempstead, guilty in October of charges including aggravated manslaughter. She was arrested in April 2021 following the death of 43-year-old Anastasios Tsakos.

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Tsakos, a father of two and a 14-year veteran of the police department, arrested officers at the scene of another fatal crash on the Long Island Expressway in Queens around 2 a.m. on April 27, 2021. While providing assistance, he was hit and killed.

New York City Police Officer Anastasios Tsakos (left) was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison after he was fatally hit by a drunk driver. (New York City Police Department/LLN New York City)

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said Beauvais’ blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal driving limit in the two hours after the accident, and he did not have a valid driver’s license.

“She had a suspended license, was intoxicated and smoked marijuana,” Katz said in a news release Wednesday. “For the safety and well-being of everyone, including herself, the defendant should not have been behind the wheel of her vehicle.”

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The Supreme Court judge sentenced Beauvais to 20 years in prison for aggravated manslaughter and consecutive terms of 2 1/2 to 7 years for leaving the scene of a crime.

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