Even prosecutors needed tissues during a long, emotional sentencing hearing Friday for Demetrius Jordan, who pleaded guilty in June to four counts of DUI manslaughter.
Prosecutors say he'd mixed alcohol, marijuana and an energy drink called Four-Loko before getting behind the wheel of his car on August 1, 2010. He slammed into a car driven by 51-year-old Roy McConnell. He was killed along with his three sons: Roy Junior, Nathan and Kelly.
In addition to having drugs and alcohol in his system, investigators say Jordan was going at least 80 miles per hour.
"There are some nights when I don't want to go to sleep because of the horrible nightmares about how severe the crash was, and how mangled my children could have been," Lisa Stilp, Roy and Nathan's mother told a judge as she struggled to hold back tears.
Jordan surprised everyone in June when he stopped his trial with a guilty plea.
"It hurts my heart for real knowing that I have took four people's life," he told Judge Timothy Peters. "I take full responsibilities for what I have done."
Jordan's mother Alice pleaded for a light sentence. She suggested her son had never been in trouble and may have just experimented with the energy drink.
"He was a very positive young man and this was a mistake, it was truly a mistake," she said.
Jordan was sentenced to 44 years behind bars.
It's not nearly enough for the family of the father and his sons who were killed after taking in a movie.
"This young man rotting in prison doesn't fix these ladies, doesn't bring anyone home. He has to pay a penalty. What I think being imposed on him is an injustice," said family member Jim McConnell.
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