Anthony J. DiFilippo, who served six months in jail for killing a 16-year-old in a hit-and-run in 2014, will serve another six months of weekends in jail for padding an insurance claim after the teen’s mother rammed his garage door and damaged his car in 2017.
DiFilippo, 43, of Michael Drive, Wheatfield, struck Ryan Fischer while the teen was walking with his girlfriend on the 2900 block of Krueger Road just after 7 p.m. Nov. 20, 2014. Ryan Fischer died from his injuries shortly after. Investigators say DiFilippo was texting at the time of the crash.
DiFilippo pleaded guilty in May 2016 to attempted leaving the scene of a fatality crash and was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation.
The following March, DiFilippo was confronted at his home by the dead boy’s mother, Lisa Fischer.
According to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, DiFilippo said he went outside to talk to her, and Lisa Fischer drove toward him, but he moved aside and she struck his garage door. Police later charged Lisa Fischer with felony driving while intoxicated, assault, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment in that incident.
DiFilippo then inflated the insurance claim on his damaged car, leading to his arrest on insurance fraud last year. In January, he pleaded guilty to fifth-degree insurance fraud, a misdemeanor, after Niagara County Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch, Sr. promised to cap his sentence on that charge to one year of weekends in Niagara County Jail. Kloch on Thursday sentenced DiFilippo to one year of weekends in jail, though he will only serve six months because of credit for his previous six-month jail term.
DiFilippo also admitted to violating his probation for the hit-and-run conviction Thursday.
Kloch adjourned his sentencing on the probation violation for one year, to allow DiFilippo to pay off the $5,415 restitution owed to the Crime Victim’s Board, as reimbursement for a payment to the Fischer family for Ryan’s death.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to the weekend jail sentence to allow DiFilippo to come up with the restitution funds, according to Assistant District Attorney Joel Grundy. If he fails to pay off the restitution before he returns before Kloch for sentencing June 1, he could face up to four years in prison.