The man convicted of driving drunk in a crash that killed a Doraville police detective said in court that he understands why the victim’s family hates him.
Gene Jones, 41, was sentenced last week to 12 years in prison for driving drunk and crashing into a car driven Doraville Detective Robert “Shane” Wilson, reports WGCL TV.
On Nov. 14, 2011, Jones was traveling on Interstate 20 around 2 a.m. Wilson had just left his home, on his way to a home invasion call. Jones admitted to driving drunk, but he said he doesn't remember what happened. Police said Jones made an illegal U-turn on the interstate and hit Wilson head-on.
"Mr. Jones I waited a long time to speak to you to tell you of the loss that we can never heal from," said Jim Hanson, Wilson’s stepfather. "You sir are the scum of the Earth and a menace to society."
Prosecutors said the accident that killed Wilson was Jones' third DUI.
"So many times I wish it was my life instead of Mr. Wilson's," Jones said at his sentencing. "To the Wilson family, I'm truly sorry and I'm not mad at them for hating me."