REHOBOTH — A Rehoboth man has reversed his claim of innocence and has now pleaded guilty to manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol in the death of a 62-year-old Seekonk motorcyclist in 2016.
Jeffrey H. Fisk Jr., 42, of 601 Tremont St., Rehoboth, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Fall River Superior Court, where several family members of the victim provided impact statements telling of how devastating the loss has been to them.
Anthony “Tony” W. Kishfy, 62, of Seekonk, was riding his motorcycle on Agricultural Avenue near Rocky Hill Road in Rehoboth on a Saturday afternoon, June 25, 2016, when he was hit head-on by a pickup truck driven by Fisk.
Prosecutors contend Fisk swerved into Kishfy’s lane. Kishfy was pronounced dead at the scene.
A blood test revealed Fisk’s blood alcohol content was 0.19, which is more than twice the legal limit.
Family members said Kishfy had beaten cancer and had just retired. He was raised in Rehoboth and attended Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School.
He left a mother, Valerie Kishfy of Rehoboth and two sisters, Christine Allen of Seekonk and Rosalind Amaral of Rehoboth.
State prosecutors recommended Fisk be sentenced to six to eight years in prison while his defense team requested the minimum of five years. The judge’s decision will be announced at Fisk’s sentencing, scheduled for April 12.
Charges of operating under the influence and motor vehicle homicide by OUI are pending.
Last July, Fisk was sent back to jail for 90 days for violating a court order prohibiting him from drinking alcohol, according to court records.
He had been free on $50,000 cash bail, but in addition to wearing a GPS bracelet, he had been ordered to submit to random alcohol testing among other pre-trial release conditions. Fisk also faces a civil lawsuit from the victim’s estate.