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POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A Powell County man who admitted to running over an elderly woman with his truck while drunk learned his punishment on Wednesday morning. Johnny Moore, 35, hit and killed Martha Vivian, 79, as she stood outside her car following a minor crash on Highway 11 in Stanton last February.
Moore pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter and DUI earlier this year.
On Wednesday, a judge sentenced him to the maximum sentence of 10 years for the manslaughter charge and 30 days for DUI. The sentences will be served at the same time.
A victim impact statement was read in court and it said, "Please do not let Johnny Moore take the life of someone else. Johnny Moore needs to be sentenced to the maximum prison sentence without parole."
Also, Moore's attorney read a letter that Moore wrote to the victim's family, taking responsibility for his actions.
"I would like to apologize to Ms. Vivian's family for my part and then maybe someday that we will see that I'm not a bad person. That I did not set out to harm another human. I just made a bad choice to drive."
It was decided that Moore will be eligible for parole after serving 20 percent of his sentence. The judge also gave him credit for nine months of time already served. That means he will be eligible for parole in 15 months.
Moore had several other DUI convictions before the crash. The victim's family put together a petition with about 150 signatures, asking the judge to give Moore the maximum sentence.