CLEVELAND– William Galvin, 29, sat quietly in the courtroom on Thursday as he awaited sentencing for his role in a deadly hit-and-run that took the life of David Nageotte.
According to prosecutors, Nageotte, who was Galvin’s neighbor, was attempting to cross the street around 4 a.m. on July 4 last year when Galvin ran him over and left the 36-year-old to die.
"You don't care about following the law. You don't care about breaking the law and you don't care that you took a human life,” said David’s aunt.
She was one of several family members to speak during the sentencing. She fought back tears as she described how much they miss him.
"You've taken the only child my sister-in-law has,” she said while crying.
Galvin also spoke before the judge. He said he is sorry for what happened and thinks about it every day. He also maintained that he thought he had hit a pothole.
"If I had seen him I would have absolutely stopped to see if there was anything I could do to have helped him,” he said.
The judge said she took everyone’s statement into consideration, but ultimately decided to sentence Galvin to two years in prison. She also suspended his driver’s license for five years.
David’s stepfather Chuck Scott said he is glad Galvin will be spending time behind bars. He’s still disappointed mainly because he said Galvin has not assumed any responsibility.
"David is gone and we'll never be able to bring David back and we've already come to terms with that part of it. The part that we can't come to terms with is the fact that he continually shunned responsibility and accountability for this thing and he never acted like he did anything wrong,” said Scott.