Traci Briskin said not a word in court Wednesday before she was sent off to start serving the lengthy prison sentence handed to her after she was convicted of driving recklessly in a crash that killed a father of five more than two years ago.
Visiting Judge Matthew Sypniewski ordered Briskin taken into custody in Saratoga County Court on Wednesday to immediately start serving the 21⁄2- to 71⁄2-year sentence then-County Court Judge Jerry Scarano gave her in December 2013. The 40-year-old former Conifer Park nurse stayed free on $75,000 bail for more than a year after her initial sentencing as she petitioned the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court to overturn her conviction.
But that appeal came to a halt Feb. 19, when the four ruling justices found no substantive issue on which to reverse the outcome of the case. Briskin made a last-ditch effort to remain free on bail by asking a state Court of Appeals judge for a stay on her sentence. Her application was rejected by Associate Judge Susan Phillips Read on Tuesday.
Briskin still applied for permission to appeal — a necessary step because there was no dissenting opinion in the appellate ruling — but will likely remain behind bars until a decision can be reached.
“The appellate division ... issued a lengthy decision discussing all of the issues raised by Ms. Briskin and found none of them to be of merit to cause them to return it [to the lower court],” District Attorney Karen Heggen said afterward.
Two members of Baker’s family attended the proceedings Wednesday, but did not speak.