TRENTON — New Jersey’s Supreme Court has upheld a 32-year prison sentence for a Mays Landing man convicted in a drunken-driving crash that killed a 9-year-old boy and left the boy’s 11-year-old friend paralyzed.

William Liepe was driving a Ford Explorer on Cologne Avenue April 10, 2011, when he slammed into the rear of a Honda Accord carrying a father, Max Guzman, who was driving his son and another boy to a softball game.

The impact sent the Accord into the path of an oncoming Cadillac Escalade. Ryan Schleyer, 9, of Hammonton, died while M.J. Guzman, then 11, was left paralyzed.

Liepe was sentenced in 2015 to 32 years with no parole for 27 years. An appeals court ordered a new sentencing, noting the defendant wouldn’t be eligible for parole until he turned 89.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday concluded the sentence accurately reflected the crimes and wasn’t excessive.

— Associated Press

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