Sentencing postponed for man in crash that killed deputy

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Although there was a packed courtroom Monday for the sentencing of a man that killed an Erie County Sheriff’s deputy in a drunk driving crash, it was postponed for another week.

The judge said he needed more time to determine a proper sentence for Robert Styn, who is awaiting sentencing on two counts of misdemeanor DWI.

On the record, Judge Buscaglia said, “I want more time to review what’s been submitted and the entire grand jury investigation which I had not done.”

The judge said many letters of support were submitted on Styn’s behalf, after the 62-year-old West Seneca man took a plea deal in connection to a November crash that killed Erie County Sheriff’s deputy and well-known political leader, Daniel McParlane.

McParlane was driving on Indian Church Road, when he spun out and crossed the center line. That’s when he was broadsided by Styn, whose blood alcohol content was .21 percent.

Styn’s attorney reiterated in court Monday, and prosecutors have agreed, “this accident was unavoidable and not [Styn’s] fault.”

McParlane’s toxicology report was never made public because Styn was never charged in his death.

Many letters were also submitted by McParlane’s family and friends, trying to persuade the judge in sentencing.

The judge said everything would be considered.

Mcparlane’s family walked out of court, without anything to say.

Under the plea agreement Styn won’t face any jail time. He will likely face three years probation, when he’s sentenced next Wednesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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