PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - Side by side, wearing matching blue T-shirts, some wearing buttons with his picture, Jacob Ebenstein’s family came to court with a strong message on their minds.
“I wanted to make sure everyone knew what kind of person Jacob was. And how much he loved life,” said Tina Ebenstein, Jacob’s mother.
Ebenstien put those words on paper and shared many memories of her son. She and Jacob’s father both told Judge Jeffrey Burdette of the young man whose life was taken by William Wesley. Tina recounted what was said at her son’s funeral almost exactly one year ago.
“As his friends and loved ones paid their respects, this day I gave him one last kiss and told him for now, taking every line in his face to memory, because it was the last time I’d see that beautiful face on earth,” Tina Ebenstein read from a statement she had written for Thursday’s sentencing proceeding.
Wesley was given a chance to speak as well.
“To say I’m sorry is simply not enough but I’ll say it anyway. And truly mean it. That I’m so so sorry,” said Wesley.
Sobs, sniffles and faint cries were heard all over the courtroom . Even the judge couldn’t hide his emotion.
“But this one hits home. I hope you let the time serve you rather than you serve the time,” Judge Burdette told Wesley.
Wesley was sentenced to 12 and a half years after pleading guilty to manslaughter second and criminal mischief charges. Police said his blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit when his car collided with Ebenstein’s motorcycle on April 15th of last year.
“Kentucky law needs to be re-evaluated and strongly looked at because a person will get away with drunk driving quite a bit,” said Tina Ebenstein.
Wesley could be eligible for parole after her serves just 20 percent of his sentence.