A man who admitted to doing drugs and causing a deadly crash is heading to prison.
Mark Alan Thomas pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, DUII and illegal possession of methamphetamine.
Thomas was behind the wheel on June 18, when prosecutors say he passed out on Highway 30 and lost control of his car.
Thomas crossed the paved median and crashed head-on into Wayne McCormick's car, killing him.
"I've never felt so awful in my entire life," said Thomas before a packed courtroom Tuesday. "The knowledge and truth that I am responsible for taking another human's life will haunt me forever. I feel I deserve every day of the prison sentence that this court gives me today."
According to investigators, Thomas was on his way to a rehab facility in Astoria at the time, something that McCormick's family took to heart, and compelled his widow to make a surprising request.
"I know he has to pay for what to happened, but I really really hope you consider a lesser jail time. This comes from my heart," said Holly McCormick.
"I've spent the last few months grieving my husband and I know that he would want Mark to heal and become a new person, and pay his time, but somehow benefit down the road from this and be a contributing person in society somehow," she said.
Holly McCormick then offered the judge to help pay for Thomas to go through a treatment program.
Prosecutors argued the facts of the case, and asked the judge to take into account similar cases and sentences.
In the end, the judge sentenced Thomas to five years in prison.
"I've never felt more humbled than I do right now, hearing the wishes presented by Mrs. McCormick," said Thomas. "I just want the family to know that not a day has passed by that I don't think and pray for all of you."
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