Drunk Maserati Driver Sentenced for Causing High-Speed Crash That Killed Two People in South Buffalo

Modified: September 7, 2021 3:12pm

9/7/2021

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 36-year-old Antonio D. Brown of Buffalo was sentenced this morning before Acting Erie County Court Judge Caroline A. Wojtaszek to an indeterminate sentence of 3 to 9 years in prison.

On Sunday, October 27, 2019, at approximately 2:37 a.m., the defendant was driving a Maserati, while under the influence of alcohol, at a high-rate of speed northbound on Seneca Street in the City of Buffalo when his vehicle collided with a Toyota Yaris near Pomona Place.

The driver of the Toyota, 33-year-old Anthony Twentyfive, III, and his passenger, 32-year-old Kristin N. LaBruno, were both transported to the hospital where they died from their injuries.

The defendant and his female passenger were taken to ECMC to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Brown pleaded guilty to one count of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (Class “B” felony), one count of Vehicular Manslaughter in the First Degree (Class “C” felony), and two counts of Manslaughter in the Second Degree (Class “C” felonies). The defendant pleaded guilty to all charges in the indictment against him on July 7, 2021.

As part of the sentence, the defendant was ordered to pay a maximum fine of $5,000 and there was a mandatory revocation of his driver’s license.

“This defendant made the reckless decision to drive drunk and speed down Seneca Street on a dark, rainy night, causing the deaths of two young people. While the families continue to mourn their loved ones, I hope that they feel justice has been served by this defendant pleading guilty to all of the charges and serving years in prison for his actions that tragically ended the lives of Anthony Twentyfive and Kristin LaBruno,” said Erie County DA John Flynn.

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department Accident Investigation Unit for their work in the investigation.  

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christopher M. McCarthy of the DA’s Vehicular Crimes Unit and Assistant District Attorney Ashley M. Morgan of the DA’s Homicide Bureau.