Posted by Charles Gazaway - email
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville man convicted in a deadly DUI crash that killed the son of a Radcliff police officer has learned his sentence.
It was an emotional day in court. Both families were in tears wanting the judge to see things their way. At issue, whether or not Mitchell K. Westlin should get probation or prison time after a 2008 drunk driving accident left 26-year-old Max McLeod dead.
Westlin pled guilty to DUI and reckless homicide in the case. His attorneys argued that he is taking steps to get help. While they cited his 12 days in jail, suspension of his license before the trial and current enrollment in a faith-based addiction program, the pain is still very real for the McLeod family.
"The loss is just so tremendous for us. He was our only child, parents their only grandson. They're in Europe and couldn't be here, but for him to be gone like that ... he's just missed so much," said Lidija McLeod, Max's mother.
"I will carry it with me for the rest of my life," said Westlin in court. "I have not found the words to convey my deepest regrets for my driving that day."
Also in court was Westlin's father who traveled from California to speak on behalf of his son. Judge McKay Chauvin handed down an 8½ year sentence. Of that time, only one year will be served behind bars in the county jail. In that time, Westlin could be eligible for shock probation. If he is released early, he will serve the remaining probation time outside of jail. Any violations could send him back to serve the entire sentence.