Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Driver in DUI death of Michael Graziano accepts plea deal in Pinellas, gets four years

LARGO — A Pinellas man pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and was sentenced on Wednesday to four years in prison in the death of Michael Graziano,

Graziano is the younger brother of John Graziano, who suffered severe brain damage in a highly publicized car crash involving the son of wrestling star Hulk Hogan.

On Wednesday, Cameron Richard Bosley, 26, made his plea in the death of Michael Graziano in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court, after a plea arrangement approved by prosecutors and a judge.

Bosley's attorney, Roger Futerman, said afterward that four years was the minimum mandatory sentence, but that guidelines called for up to 15 years in prison.

State troopers said at the time of the 2012 crash that Bosley's Volvo was traveling at high speed when it crashed into a dump truck about 3 a.m. at Ulmerton Road and 66th Street in Largo. Graziano, who was a passenger in Bosley's car, was killed.

Futerman said part of the reason for the lighter sentence was that Graziano's mother, Debra, had wanted Bosley to continue mission work her son had been doing in South Africa. The work involved organizing a soccer tournament, Futerman said. He said Bosley spent three months in South Africa while released on bail, with the approval of the court.

"This is a very, very sad case," Futerman said. He said his client was deeply sorry for the crash, which resulted in the death of his close friend.

"He cried today, he cried when it happened and he's cried in between, so he's beyond remorse," Futerman said. "That nightmare will live with him forever."

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