Killer of Gone Girl actor Lisa Banes sentenced to up to three years for hit-and-run
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Gone Girl actor Lisa Banes' killer has been sentenced to up to three years in prison.
The star tragically passed away in June last year at the age of 65, 10 days after she was involved in a hit and run incident.
The man responsible, Brian Boyd, 27, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in September.
Boyd was sentenced by Judge Gregory Carro in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday, 30 November to one to three years behind bars.
The court heard how Boyd had sped through a red light on his electric scooter before hitting Banes and fleeing the scene.
At the sentencing, Boyd reportedly said he was 'extremely sorry' following the incident.
“I’m extremely sorry,” he said. “I don’t really have the words except ‘I’m sorry.’”
And although the judge gave him credit for admitting his guilty plea, the District Attorney’s office - who wanted a sentence of three to nine years - encouraged the judge to ignore the deal after the scooter driver claimed he had used his horn as a warning.
“I did beep my horn,” Mr. Boyd said. “I did slow down.”
The court heard how Boyd drove four miles after the incident to a Harlem shop that repaired his scooter while he drank a Heineken beer.
Boyd's exact sentence of how much time he will spend in prison is yet to be decided by the state parole board.
Prior to the hearing, Lisa’s widow, wife Kathryn Kranhold delivered a statement. She recalled how she had arrived at hospital to find Lisa in a coma, explaining: "My life stopped in that moment.
“Lisa saw him coming at her, but she couldn’t move fast enough. Nobody could move fast enough."
District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a statement: “Lisa Banes was a beloved friend, family and community member whose life was tragically cut short.
“New York City continues to mourn her loss with them, and it is my sincere hope that her loved ones are able to heal and recover.”
Meanwhile, Judge Carro added: “This city obviously has a problem with unlicensed scooters. This is what happens when you recklessly drive those pretty powerful new motorbikes.”
Banes starred in Gone Girl alongside Ben Affleck in 2014.
She also appeared in more than 80 television and film productions, as well as alongside Tom Cruise in Cocktail.