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Hit-and-run driver gets prison time for deadly crash

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The driver who hit and killed a man in Southeast Portland last January has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

A judge gave Jim Patterson the maximum sentence Friday after Patterson entered a guilty plea on hit-and-run charges earlier in the week.

The mother of 26-year-old Jason Grant read an emotional statement in the courtroom before the sentence was handed down.

"He was my only child. He had a good job. He worked hard," said Jane Allen. "He was a productive member of society."

Grant was found lying in the road near Southeast 71st and Foster Road in January after he was hit by Patterson's pickup. Grant later died at the hospital. Patterson drove off after the collision but turned himself in five days later.

Prosecutors said the reason Patterson didn't stay at the scene after hitting Grant is because he had been drinking.

"I do believe that drinking and driving is the reason my son is dead today," said Allen. "Once you put drinking and driving together, the word 'accident' turns into 'inevitable.' And Mr. Patterson is old enough to know better."

Patterson has not said what led up to the crash or why he didn't stop.

Grant's mother said she isn't angry. But she can't forgive Patterson for the crash because she said he refuses to take responsibility.   

"If only at any point in the last eight months he would have opened up and told us everything, then everyone in this room would be compelled to honor my son by offering forgiveness, peace and compassion that my son stood for."

In addition to the jail time, the judge also sentenced Patterson to three years post-prison supervision and revoked his driver's license for five years.

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