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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: February 27, 2014

 

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Former police officer sentenced in auto fatality

 

††††††††† Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that an ex-North Brunswick police lieutenant was sentenced today to serve a three-year term in a New Jersey state prison for being on duty when he drove a sports car at high speed and endangered the life of a fellow police officer, who was killed when the car crashed.

 

††††††††† In addition, Keith R. Buckley (DOB 7/30/68) must serve two full years in prison before he can be eligible for parole in the death of Lt. Christopher Zerby in 2008.

 

The sentence was imposed in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz, who said Buckley will undergo three years of parole supervision after he is released from custody.

 

The judge also ruled that Buckley will forfeit his job and his police pension and will never again hold public employment.

 

The sentence was imposed after Buckley pleaded guilty on November 13, 2013 to a count of official misconduct, admitting he endangered the safety of the public and endangered the life of Lt. Zerby.

 

††††††††† Buckley pleaded guilty under an agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Weiss, who asked the court to impose the three-year prison term with two-year parole ineligibility.

 

††††††††† Buckley was charged after it was determined that he drove Lt. Zerby in a rented 2006 Dodge Viper on Route 130 in North Brunswick during work hours and crashed into a utility pole at 11:06 a.m. on August 12, 2008.

 

Lt. Zerby was pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick at 11:44 a.m.