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Prison time, youthful offender status in fatal Fulton County hit-and-run

Prison time, youthful offender status in fatal Fulton County hit-and-run

Prison time, youthful offender status in fatal Fulton County hit-and-run
Tayler Bates
Photographer: Fulton County DA (inset); Shutterstock (background)

JOHNSTOWN -- A Fonda woman received 16 months to 4 years in state prison Tuesday in connection with a fatal April hit-and-run crash that left a Gloversville man dead, according to her attorney and Niskayuna-based television station CBS6.

But the woman, who was 18 at the time, also won youthful offender status, sealing her conviction even as she heads to prison to serve her sentence.

Tayler Bates pleaded guilty last month to criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, both felonies. 

Bates admitted to being the driver who struck and killed Lawrence "Doug" Irby, Jr., and then fled the scene April 13 in the area of East Fulton Street and Littauer Place.

Judge Polly Hoye imposed Bates' sentence Tuesday after hearing both statements from Irby family members and from Bates herself.

Among those who spoke for Irby was his widow, Dorothy Irby, according to CBS6.

"I believe you knowingly left my husband on the side of the road by himself to die," the widow told the court, according to CBS6.

Irby, 61, was taken to Nathan Littauer Hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead.

Irby was a native of North Carolina and lived with his wife of 25 years in Gloversville, according to his obituary.

Bates gave her own statement in court where she expressed remorse for her actions, her attorney Stephen Rockmacher said. 

Bates told the court she knew sorry wasn't good enough and that if she could take it back, she would, Rockmacher said.

Hoye then imposed sentence and granted the defense request for youthful offender status. Such a status, if a judge grants it, is available to offenders as old as 18 at the time of the offense.

The judge cited Bates' immaturity, remorsefulness and lack of a criminal history in granting the status to Bates, according to CBS6.

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