MINEOLA, N.Y - Jockey Jose Santos was on top of the world in 2003 when he rode Funny Cide to victory in both the Preakness and Kentucky Derby.
But the super star jockey watched his daughter Sophia Santos Wednesday, get sentenced to 3 to 9 years in prison for driving while intoxicated and killing a beloved mother and grandmother.
Santos had a blood alcohol level 3 times the legal limit when she blew a red light in her Mercedes Benz on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown. She killed 62-year-old Virginia Casazza- Urgo and critically injured 4 other people.
Santos could have gotten up to 25 years in prison for aggravated vehicular homicide, but instead pleaded guilty to all charges against her, in return for 3 to 9 years behind bars.
"I'm very upset, " said the victim's son, Dean Casazza. "Nice job judge! Good message!"
Cassaza Urgo's children and grandchildren read emotional impact statements describing her as the core of the family. They had hoped the judge would give Santos more time.
Family members of Linda Chapman did the same. She was also in the car with Casazza Urgo and was left crippled and disfigured.
In court, Sophia Santos did turn to the families and apologize saying quote "I'm sorry for all the pain, I caused all of you. I know any amount of time I spend in jail would never be enough to bring back your loved one."
Casazza Urgo's husband, John Urgo, is still trying to cope with his loss. "We don't hate the girl," he said. "In some ways I forgive her, but she has to serve the time, and it's not enough."