Christopher Bouchard

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Long Island Man Pleads Guilty In Deadly Dirt Bike Chase

August 02, 2018 - 1:56 pm

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A Long Island man who ran down and killed two men he believed stole his brother's dirt bike is getting away with murder, the victims' relatives say.

Christopher Bouchard stared at the courtroom floor Thursday as he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the deaths of Keenan King and Anthony Garriques in North Bellport last year.

Although family members of the victims said they agreed to the deal because they did not want to go to trial they say they are angered by the fact the judge promised Bouchard a sentence of 3 1/2 to 10 1/2 years behind bars.

"Three to 10? My son was 20, you know. This is injustice. The justice system needs to be changed. Nobody deserves to die like this at 19 and 20 years old," said Lina Garriques, the mother of one of the victims.

King's aunt, Evette Benitez, could not help but scream outside the courtroom.

"You gonna give him 3 1/2 to 10 1/2? They're dead wrong. Suffolk County, you're wrong," she said. "Two kids that meant something to people. How dare they? Three-and-a-half to 10 1/2? They give drug dealers more time."

Prosecutors said Bouchard was behind the wheel of a minivan when he chased the two men who were riding a dirt bike that had been reported stolen from his garage earlier that day. He crashed into the bike, killing them.

"It's murder, I've been saying it from the start it's murder. I want him to suffer," said Garriques. "He ain't got no heart, and a bike can be replaced. My son can't be replaced. I can't never get him back, I gotta live with this hole for the rest of my life."

Bouchard will be sentenced in October.