On Wednesday, September 20, Circuit Judge Tesha Scolaro Ballou handed down a 14-year prison sentence to 25-year-old Anthony Keyes-Walls.
The sentence comes after a Brevard County Jury found him guilty on March 24, 2023, of multiple charges, including DUI Manslaughter, stemming from a fatal 2019 crash that claimed the life of 64-year-old motorcyclist Ralph Napoli.
The fatal incident occurred on March 10, 2019, when the Florida Highway Patrol responded to reports of a suspected reckless drunk driver on Interstate 95, near Mims.
Anthony Keyes-Walls, who was driving a 2003 Nissan 350Z, struck Napoli’s motorcycle while traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph, according to witnesses. The collision forced both vehicles off the road and into a wooded area, where Napoli sustained fatal injuries. Tests later revealed that Keyes-Walls had a blood alcohol content of .0925, exceeding the legal limit of .08 BAC.
The trial, which lasted five days, saw Assistant State Attorneys Jason Andersen and William Scheiner present evidence against Keyes-Walls. After deliberating for three and a half hours, the jury returned with guilty verdicts on all counts.
The charges included DUI Manslaughter, DUI Serious Bodily Injury, DUI Vehicle Property Damage or Injury, and Reckless Driving.
In accordance with mandatory sentencing guidelines, Judge Scolaro Ballou ordered Keyes-Walls to serve 178.050 months, or approximately 14.8 years, in state prison.
This will be followed by 1.95 months of probation. Additionally, his driver’s license was permanently revoked. Keyes-Walls is also required to complete 50 hours of community service, undergo substance abuse treatment, and pay fines and court costs totaling $14,935.
Adding to the tragedy, Napoli was riding with a group that included his adult son at the time of the crash.