The man accused of mowing down and killing Gone Girl actress Lisa Banes on his electric scooter could be in jail for just one year after a judge handed down an astonishingly lenient sentence.
Brian Boyd, 27, was sentenced by Judge Gregory Carro to one to three years on Wednesday at the Manhattan Supreme Court for the 2021 hit-and-run of the beloved actress.
The precise amount of jail time will be determined by a state parole board when it reviews the case.
Judge Carro handed down an indeterminate sentence, usually reserved for nonviolent offenses, despite the fact that manslaughter is considered a Class C violent felony in New York State.
The judge gave credit to Boyd – who fled the scene of the accident – for his admission of guilt in a plea deal.
But he had been encouraged to ignore that deal by the DA’s office that negotiated it because Boyd began to retract his admission of guilt, claiming he had beeped his horn.
The DA’s office had demanded he be sentenced to three to nine years.
Brian Boyd, 27 (left), was sentenced to one to three years in prison on Wednesday for the 2021 fatal hit-and-run that claimed the life of Gone Girl actress Lisa Banes
During the hearing, Judge Carro said he wanted a sentence that would deter reckless driving in the city, but would honor the terms of Boyd’s plea deal, the New York Times reports.
Boyd pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter and leaving the scene of the crime when he ran over Banes, 65, on his unregistered e-scooter after blowing a red light on W. 64th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan.
Banes was on her way to meet with her friends and wife Kathryn Kranhold, who attended the sentencing hearing.
Before the sentencing, Kranhold pleaded with the judge for an even longer sentence than the DA was requesting.
She called Boyd ‘heartless and reckless’.
‘Lisa saw him coming at her, but she couldn’t move fast enough, nobody could move fast enough,’ Kranhold said.
Actress Lisa Banes (above) died after being hospitalized for 10 days following the incident
She was on her way to meet with her wife Kathryn Kranhold, who attended the sentencing hearing (above).
NY COUNTY SUPREME COURT JUSTICE GREGORY CARRO
Judge Gregory Carro has served as an acting justice for the New York County Supreme Court since 2002.
A graduate of Rutgers School of Law, Carro began his career as a Special Narcotics Prosecutor in 1987 before working his way to the District Attorney’s office.
By 1998, he was appointed as New York City Criminal Court judge by then Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
Carro made headlines in 2011 when he sentenced former NYPD officer Kenneth Moreno to one year in jail for misconduct, the Gothamist reported.
Moreno was accused but acquitted of raping a 27-year-old woman in 2008, however, Carro rejected the defense’s claim that the ex-cop was ‘more of a simpleton than a sexual predator.’
When sentencing Moreno for misconduct, Carro said when officers commit crimes, ‘It endangers the fabric of our society… You, sir, ripped a gaping hole in that fabric.’
In 2014, Carro also made news when he denied a request to dismiss second-degree murder charges against Dominick Whilby, who was accused of running over an MTA bus driver.
Whilby’s attorney’s had argued their client was too drunk to know what he was doing when the accident took place, but Carro ruled the grand jury made a sound judgment.
Assistant District Attorney Erin LaFarge encouraged the judge during sentencing to ignore the plea deal after Boyd said ‘I did beep my horn, I did slow down.’
Judge Carro told Boyd ‘You know what? I’ll give you your plea back. You want to go to trial?
Boyd replied he didn’t.
LaFarge said: ‘He has not learned anything from this experience, and that is a terrifying thought.’
She reminded Judge Carro that a year before killing Banes, Boyd crashed a Revel moped he was driving without a license, seriously injuring himself and his girlfriend.
Neither the DA nor judge Carro’s office immediately responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment regarding Boyd’s lenient sentence.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a statement: ‘Lisa Banes was a beloved friend, family and community member whose life was tragically cut short. New York City continues to mourn her loss with them and it is my sincere hope that her loved ones are able to heal and recover.’
Following Boyd’s guilty plea in September, Bragg condemned the man’s reckless driving on New York City’s streets.
‘Brian Boyd drove recklessly with no regard for pedestrians, fatally striking a beloved actress and New Yorker before speeding off to avoid accountability,’ Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a statement.
‘Lisa Banes will be remembered for her contributions to the rich fabric of New York City through her roles on screen and on Broadway. I offer her friends, family, and the many who loved her during her decades-long career my deepest condolences.’
After the crash, Boyd was knocked off his bike, surveillance footage from the scene shows, and proceeded to brush himself off and pick up his scooter.
He then took a few steps to look at Banes who was lying facedown on the concrete and bleeding profusely from the head, the footage shows.
Boyd then fled the scene to get his bike repaired, surveillance footage shows, leaving the savage star bleeding on the floor.
Banes died ten days later in the hospital, and Boyd was arrested weeks later.
Investigators said Boyd ran a red light when he plowed into Banes, noting that he ran off after looking over at the actress, who lied bloody on the streets
The incident took place Amsterdam Avenue and West 64th St. near Lincoln Center in Manhattan. Surveillance footage shows Boyd getting off his bike to look at a severely injured Banes after the collision on June 4, before speeding off
The sentence given to Boyd was much less than the three to nine years that prosecutors from the Manhattan district attorney’s office had sought
Along with her performance in 2014’s Gone Girl, Banes also appeared in Cocktail in 1988 and on several TV shows including Nashville, Madam Secretary, Masters of Sex and NCIS.
Banes, who lived in Los Angeles, was visiting Manhattan at the time, to perform in ‘The Niceties,’ a two-woman show by the Manhattan Theater Club.
After Banes’ sudden death, several of the star’s friends in Hollywood spoke out about the incident.
Friend and singer Jill Sobule tweeted: ‘Just busted. Lisa Banes was magnificent, hilarious, and big-hearted – always helped me though the hard times. She was so beloved by so many,’ sharing a photo of the pair together in a book store.
Ben Affleck, left, and Lisa Banes in the 2014 thriller, Gone Girl
Lisa Banes, left, and Christina Ricci, right, are seen in the 2002 film, Pumpkin
Lisa Banes, seen in the 1987 film, Hemingway
Seth McFarlane, the creator of the television show The Orville, in which Banes appeared, also paid tribute to the actress.
He tweeted: ‘I am deeply saddened at the news of Lisa Banes’ passing. We had the good fortune to work with her on The Orville this past year.
‘Her stage presence, magnetism, skill, and talent were matched only by her unwavering kindness and graciousness towards all of us.’