Judge Recommends 2-Year Sentence in Deadly Sweet Tomatoes Crash

A judge is recommending a 2-year prison sentence for a Massachusetts man accused of crashing his car into a local restaurant last year, killing two people.

NBC Boston has learned that a Middlesex Superior Court judge filed a memo Friday recommending that Brad Casler serve a 2-year prison sentence if he pleads guilty. He has until Dec. 18 to accept or decline the recommendation.

Casler, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, is charged with two counts of motor vehicle homicide in connection with the deadly crash into a Sweet Tomatoes restaurant in West Newton in March 2016.

His attorney Thomas Giblin previously said his client's MS played a factor in the crash that killed 32-year-old Gregory Morin of Newton and 57-year-old Eleanor Miele of Watertown and injured several others.

He said his client is willing to plead guilty, but wanted to avoid jail time because he is not likely to handle "the rigors of incarceration" based on his condition.

The judge's recommended sentence shaves off three of the five years recommended by prosecutors.

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