Holley man with lengthy record sentenced to prison

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 March 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A Holley man with a criminal record dating back to 1976 was sentenced to state prison today after a June 18 car accident. That day William O. Kuyal drove through a stop sign while going westbound on Powerline Road, crossing into Route 237. Kuyal and three other people were injured in the crash.

Kuyal received a 1 1/3 to 4 year sentence in state prison for second-degree vehicular assault and a 1-year sentence for driving while ability impaired. The sentences will be served concurrently.

“You have a remarkably bad record,” Orleans County Court Judge James Punch told Kuyal during sentencing.

Kuyal has 25 prior arrests and 13 convictions. His attorney Kevin McKain agreed that Kuyal has a lengthy criminal history. However, McKain said Kuyal has no felony crimes since 1994, served as his mother’s caregiver and also bought a house.

“He was rehabilitating his life,” McKain said at sentencing.

Kuyal was driving with a Blood Alcohol Content of .06 percent. McKain said Kuyal likely fell asleep while driving and didn’t mean to cause any harm.

Kuyal apologized to the three victims injured in the accident, including his brother Dudley who nearly lost his life. Dudley C. Kuyal suffered multiple fractures and extensive injuries to his abdomen.

In the accident, Kuyal struck a vehicle driven by Julie M. Smith with passenger Sofia M. Smith. Julie M. Smith suffered a broken left wrist and Sofia M. Smith suffered a broken left ankle.

Kuyal is suffering from throat cancer. McKain read a statement written by Kuyal where he apologized to the three victims.

“I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me,” Kuyal wrote.

In addition to the sentence to state prison, Kuyal will serve a three-year conditional discharge and must use an interlock ignition device when he drives. That device will measure his BAC.