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Driver in crash that killed Michael Graziano pleads guilty

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Published:   |   Updated: January 8, 2014 at 03:40 PM

CLEARWATER — A Dunedin man pleaded guilty in a drunken driving wreck that killed Michael Graziano, whose brother John was left in a vegetative state as a result of an eerily similar wreck involving the son of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

Cameron Richard Bosley, 26, was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to driving under the influence—manslaughter, according to computerized court records. Four years is the minimum mandatory sentence for the crime.

Bosley had been charged in an April 3, 2012, wreck in Largo that left his passenger, Michael Graziano, 24, critically injured. Graziano died in a matter of days.

Authorities say Bosley was driving a 1994 Volvo at a high rate of speed when the car slammed the back of a dump truck he was trying to pass on Ulmerton Road, near 66th Street. Bosley’s blood-alcohol level was .174 at the time of the crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. In Florida, a driver is considered impaired with a blood alcohol level of .08.

In 2007, Graziano’s brother, John Graziano, was injured in a crash while a passenger in a car driven by Nick Bollea, the son of Terry Bollea, better known as Hulk Hogan.

Nick Bollea pleaded guilty to reckless driving and served 166 days of an eight-month sentence at the Pinellas County Jail.

The Bollea crash sparked a legal battle between the Grazianos and the Bolleas. The Grazianos filed a lawsuit seeking millions of dollars for John Graziano’s medical care.

The lawsuit was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. Prior to the settlement, Edward Graziano, father of John and Michael, was charged in a plot to kill his estranged wife, Debra, so he would get the bulk of the settlement.

Ed Graziano later pleaded no contest to solicitation to commit murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years of probation.

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