CLEVELAND, Ohio — A man involved in a deadly hit and run near MetroHealth Medical Center back in March was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday after an emotional court hearing where both the defendant and the victim’s son spoke.
Davonte Long changed his plea to guilty last month on a charge of vehicular homicide.
Camillo Gabriel, 68, was in a crosswalk with his wife and pushed her out of the way before he was hit and killed.
In court, Long turned to face Gabriel’s family, his voice cracking and his arms briefly shaking, as he asked for forgiveness.
“It was a mistake,” he said.
Long said he tried to stop and then sped off because he was scared.
Gabriel’s son told the court that his father taught him to be a “courageous and compassionate” man. He asked Judge John O’Donnell to impose a sentence that was “firm, but fair.”
In addition to the six-year prison term, Long will have his license suspended when he is released and will be on probation for an additional three years.
Gabriel’s son said his father was beloved in the community and that over 1,200 people attended his wake.