CORNING - A Campbell man was sentenced Friday to five to 15 years in prison for driving a station wagon into the path of a motorcycle on State Route 415 in October, killing the driver, Terry Hill of Lindley.

Robert W. Neally, 42, who originally pleaded not guilty, accepted a plea agreement in late April offered by Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, pleading guilty to second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.

Steuben County Court Judge Chauncey Watches, who sentenced Neally, said he reviewed nearly 80 letters representing the views of at least 94 individuals.

“These people took the time to write on behalf of Hill’s family,” Watches said to the court moments before sentencing Neally. “It was clearly the least I could do, as the judge, to take the time to reach each of these. The loss felt by each person on their own behalf and on behalf of others is a common thread in all these statements.”

Watches said people lost a husband, dad, son, brother, nephew, brother-in-law, future father-in-law, future grandfather, friend, instructor, mentor, uncle, cousin, neighbor, bus driver, fire chief, fireman, teacher, lunch and breakfast buddy, business partner, traveling companion, co-worker, valued customer, rescuer and motorcyclist.

“He was a valuable asset to the community and we are all a lot poorer for his death,” Watches said.

Brenda D. Hill, the widow of Terry Hill, told the court what a genuine, honest and humble person her husband was.

“Terry was a quiet man yet he got things done,” Brenda D. Hill said. “He spent his life working to improve his life, his family’s lives and the lives of folks in his community which he served. The effects of Robert Neally killing Terry Hill each day hurts every person who knew Terry and has stolen the future richness and meaning to our lives that Terry would have given.”

Brittany Amelia Hill, daughter of Terry Hill, spoke about the bond she shared with her father.

“My father went for a motorcycle ride and never returned home,” Brittany Amelia Hill said. “Oct. 14, 2018, was the worst day of my life. I lost my best friend, my hero, my number one supporter.”

Neally, who was also sentenced to a year in prison for driving while intoxicated, which will be served at the same time as the manslaughter conviction, made no statement at the sentencing.

He was originally charged with driving while intoxicated after the incident, Watches said. 

Neally’s blood-alcohol level was 0.17 percent after the fatal motorcycle crash, more than twice the legal limit in New York State.

Hill, a lifelong Lindley resident and former chief of the Lindley Fire Department, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Steuben County coroner.