June 14, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact: Paul Jarvey (508) 368-7241
WORCESTER — A 37-year-old Leominster man was sentenced to 10 to 12 years in state prison today after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a 2018 crash that claimed the life of a female passenger in the vehicle he was driving, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
The agreed sentence was handed down by Superior Court Judge Diane Freniere.
Gregory M. McNally of 63 Weathervane Drive admitted that he was driving along Johnny Appleseed Lane in Leominster on July 22, 2018 and crashed into two trees and a fire hydrant, killing Emilia A. Ortiz, 35, of 11 Wayside Ave., Framingham.
Assistant District Attorney Julieanne Karcasinas said the couple had been arguing just before the crash with Ms. Ortiz saying she wanted to end their relationship. Mr. McNally then accelerated to 86 mph and struck the trees and hydrant. He was also driving with Ms. Ortiz on June 13, 2018 when he smashed into a wall.
Mr. McNally was arrested following a 10-month investigation by the State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office, Leominster Police and the Central Mass. Law Enforcement Council’s crash reconstruction unit.