BATH - A Campbell man pleaded guilty Friday in Steuben County Court in an Oct. 14, 2018 collision on State Route 415 in Campbell that resulted in the death of Terry Hill, who was chief of the Lindley-Presho Fire Department.
Robert W. Neally, 42, who initially pleaded not guilty, accepted a plea agreement Friday offered by Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, pleading guilty to second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.
"My hope is that the Hill family finds some justice and can begin healing," Baker told The Leader. "No disposition [of the criminal case] can truly make up for the loss of a family member. This is the tragedy that happens when someone drinks and drives.
"I think it's an appropriate result, and hopefully Mr. Neally will be in prison for a long time."
Baker said the maximum sentence on the charges is 5-15 years in state prison.
Neally will appear in county court at 11 a.m. May 24 to be sentenced before Steuben County Court Judge Chauncey Watches.
About 30 family members and friends of Hill attended the court hearing Friday morning at Steuben County Court. No one wished to speak after the hearing.
Watches noted that Neally’s blood alcohol level was .17 percent after the fatal crash, more than twice the state’s blood alcohol limit for driving while intoxicated. He was driving on Route 415 in October when he struck a motorcycle driven by Hill.
Hill, 65, had been an active member of the Lindley-Presho Fire Department for more than 50 years.
Born in Corning in 1953, he was a graduate of Corning-Painted Post West High School.
In the wake of his death in October, area fire departments took to Facebook to post tributes to Chief Hill.