A 31-year-old Macon man was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to running over and killing two people on a Unionville neighborhood street just off Mercer University Drive in 2008.
Bobby Dewayne King, 31, was sentenced to concurrent five-year prison terms and eight years of probation for first-degree vehicular-homicide pleas in connection with the Sept. 5, 2008, deaths of Virginia Molden and David Banks.
Molden, 52, and Banks, 49, were walking along Berkner Avenue, a few blocks north of Mercer, when the Ford Expedition that King was driving struck them shortly before 9 p.m. and left the scene, prosecutors said.
Bibb County prosecutor John Regan had asked that King be sentenced to 15 years behind bars at “a bare minimum.”
“Two lives were snuffed out in one instant,” Regan said at Monday’s plea hearing before Bibb Superior Court Judge Martha Christian.
King’s defense attorney said his client “acknowledges the tragedy to the (victims’) families” and asked that Christian be as “lenient as the court can.”
When Christian sentenced King, his wife, who was in court with their infant daughter on her knee, whispered, “Yes, Jesus. Oh thank you, Jesus.”
“I’m all right,” King told relatives as he was led out of the courtroom.
Christian, in her parting comment to King, who wore an untucked, long-sleeve maroon shirt and loose-fitting blue jeans to the hearing, told him, “Good luck to you.”
King, a first-time felon, had a .17 blood-alcohol level after the incident, more than twice the legal limit to drive.
He faced a potential prison sentence of up to 30 years, a maximum of 15 years per charge.
After the hit-and-run incident, King was arrested at his house on Hallwood Circle, about half a mile from the scene, about five blocks north of Macon Mall.
Police said the Expedition he’d been driving had been washed soon after Molden and Banks were struck.
Investigators found parts from the sport utility vehicle, an antenna and the driver’s side mirror, on Berkner Avenue.
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