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Former AU student faces prison sentence in drunk driving case

Sentence could last from 1 1/3 to 4 years

Correction appended

An AU student received a prison sentence after being charged last summer for driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident in Long Island.

Sayed Khaled El-Waraky, 20, was sentenced in late August to 1 1/3 to four years in prison. Justice Joseph Calabrese sentenced El-Waraky and recommended he be held for the maximum amount of time allowed, according to Newsday, a Long Island and New York City newspaper.

He was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident with serious physical injury, one count of third-degree assault and one count of drunk driving in Glen Cove, N.Y., The Eagle previously reported.

Additionally, he may be convicted on assault charges, which could result in up to 25 years in prison. Earlier this year, a jury could not come to a conclusion, so a trial date is set for September, Newsday reported.

El-Waraky was visiting a fraternity brother on Long Island last summer when he was thrown out of Soundview Bar at the Glen Cove Golf Club drunk. He then drove his 2005 Jaguar into a crowd of people. He hit four and critically injured two, The Eagle previously reported.

He left the scene, and about 10 minutes after driving away, a Glen Cove police officer pulled him over, according to Newsday. El-Waraky refused a breathalyzer test, police said.

El-Waraky was a sophomore in the Kogod School of Business at the time of the accident and is a member the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.

Officials at the Nassau County Jail did not return calls for comment.

Correction: Sayed Khaled El-Waraky is identified as a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. El-Waraky has not been affiliated with the fraternity since the incident occurred in the summer of 2006.


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