UPDATE: DWI Driver from NY Sentenced for Fatal Head-On Crash in Sussex County

Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the sentencing of Matthew Heyman, who appeared before the Honorable Thomas J. Critchley, Jr., J.S.C., at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on April 5th.

According to authorities, Heyman, 27 of North Yonkers, New York, was sentenced to four years in New Jersey State Prison subject to the No Early Release Act and three years of parole supervision following his release from custody.  He was ordered to pay fines and fees totaling $5,894.00. 

Officials say Heyman’s driver license was ordered suspended for seven years to run concurrently to a one year driver license suspension for Driving While Intoxicated.  He must utilize an ignition interlock device for 12 months and attend 12 hours at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center.   According to police, on Jan. 29, 2016, shortly after 6 p.m., officers responded to a two-car crash on Route 565 in the area of Babtown Road where they found Robert Ritter Jr., 48, dead inside his vehicle, while the other driver - Matthew Heyman - was standing outside of Ritter’s car.

Officials say Matthew Heyman’s blood-alcohol level was .17 – more than double the legal limit.