Canterbury Green Fatal Hit-and-Run Driver Sentencing Today

By Scott Sarvay

November 8, 2010 Updated Nov 8, 2010 at 5:46 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The 23-year-old man behind the wheel in a fatal 2009 hit-and-run is sentenced.

The accepted plea agreement sends Brandon Jones to prison for two years, work release for two years and probation for four years.

Jones pleaded guilty to fatally hitting 21-year-old Amanda McLaughlin at Canterbury Green apartment complex in 2009 but calls it an accident after McLaughlin fell into the median.

Jones will under-go a substance evaluation and in a surprise move, a psychological evaluation for "apparent insensitivity."

Jones did make a remorseful statement to the victim's parents in court.

Brandon Jones' Aunt Kris France says, “He's not the monster that everybody thinks that he is. I know this is a very tragic thing, and I can see how people are upset and want to think that, but there's always two sides to every story. He has a family who's also hurting."

Jones' license will be suspended for five years.

The judge also granted a special request to restrict Jones from consuming alcohol through his eight-year sentence.




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