Sean Ludwick Denied Parole, Eligible Again in 2020

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Sean Ludwick, inside Judge Fernando Camacho's courtroom at First District Court in Central Islip on Wednesday, October 18. Pool photo/James Carbone

Sean P. Ludwick, who is serving three to nine years in state prison as part of a plea deal in the drunken driving crash that killed Paul Hansen of Sag Harbor in 2015, was denied parole on September 4.

A New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision spokeswoman confirmed Monday that Mr. Ludwick was deemed not eligible for release following his interview, and that he will reappear before the parole board again in March of 2020 for consideration once more.

Mr. Ludwick, 46, once a well-known developer from Manhattan and Bridgehampton, is serving concurrent sentences of three to nine years for a conviction of aggravated vehicular homicide, one to three years for a conviction of leaving the scene of a fatal accident and one year for a conviction of aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Mr. Ludwick has admitted he was drunk when he crashed his 2013 Porsche convertible into a telephone pole on August 30, 2015, in Noyac, leaving Mr. Hansen’s body in the road next-door to Mr. Hansen’s home before trying to flee. Mr. Ludwick was arrested a short time later when his damaged car stalled out about a quarter-mile away.

When his original 13-count indictment was unsealed, Mr. Ludwick was facing 10 to 32 years behind bars. Incarcerated since January 2016, when a judge revoked his $1 million bail after prosecutors argued he was planning to flee the country, Mr. Ludwick’s maximum prison term would end January 12, 2025. At the time of his sentencing in October of 2017, his chief attorney, William Keahon, said Mr. Ludwick would spend a maximum of six years in prison.

Mr. Hansen, who was 53 at the time of his death, was a popular real estate agent, builder and father to two young sons. The LUAP Foundation, which fights drunken driving, was established in his memory.

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