Cleveland man sentenced for deadly hit-and-run motorcycle accident

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CLEVELAND- Leslie Maldonado was sentenced to seven and a half in prison for driving drunk and killing Angel Cuevas Jr., 25, of Parma, in August.

Police said Maldonado, 44, of Cleveland, hit Cuevas on his motorcycle at 1 a.m. on Fulton Road in Cleveland. Maldonado fled the scene.

Prosecutors said this was Maldonado’s fourth offense involving alcohol.

Thursday morning, Cuevas’ family plead for the maximum sentence of 13 years.

One by one, the family offered impact statements on how important Cuevas, also known as AJ was to their family. He leaves behind a 3-year-old  girl.

Emotions ran high as Maldonado apologized to the Cuevas family in court.

In the end, a judge sentenced Maldonado to seven and a half years in prison, plus five years parole.

“It is not enough. Absolutely not. He should have gotten at least 13,” said Adam Cuevas, AJ’s brother.

The family added they want changes in the so that other drunk drivers do not receive “lenience.”

Maldonado was immediately taken into custody.

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