BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Circuit Judge Tesha Scolaro Ballou sentenced 25-year-old Anthony Keyes-Walls to 14 years in state prison on Wednesday after a Brevard County Jury convicted him on March 24, 2023, for DUI Manslaughter, DUI Serious Bodily Injury, DUI Vehicle Property Damage or Injury, and Reckless Driving, stemming from a crash that killed motorcyclist Ralph Napoli, 64, in 2019.
In a five-day trial with evidence presented by Assistant State Attorneys Jason Andersen and William Scheiner, the jury deliberated three and a half hours before returning with the guilty verdicts.
In order to comply with mandatory sentencing requirements, Judge Scolaro Ballou ordered Keyes-Walls to serve 14 years in state prison, followed by a month of probation.
Keyes-Walls license was permanently revoked, and he must perform 50 hours of community service, undergo substance abuse treatment, and pay fines and court costs totaling $14,935 dollars.
On March 10, 2019, the Florida Highway Patrol responded to reports of a suspected reckless drunk driver, followed by a crash with a fatality in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, just north of the rest area near Mims.
Their investigation determined that a 2003 Nissan 350Z, being operated by Keyes-Walls, had been driving recklessly in excess of 100 mph (according to witnesses) southbound when it struck a motorcycle being operated by Napoli.
The force of the impact drove both vehicles off the roadway and into the trees, where Napoli sustained fatal injuries.
Keyes-Walls blood alcohol content was .0925, over the legal limit of .08 BAC.
Tragically, Napoli was riding with a group that included his adult son, at the time of the crash.
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