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Driver in Deadly Bus Stop Crash Sentenced

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Gary Lee Hosey Jr. Gary Lee Hosey Jr.
The memorial for the victims at the site of the crash in Sept. 2012. The memorial for the victims at the site of the crash in Sept. 2012.

LAS VEGAS -- Gary Lee Hosey Jr., the man who crashed into bus stop killing four people, was sentenced Friday morning to a maximum of 80 years in prison.

Hosey accepted a plea deal with the District Attorney's office to plead guilty to five counts of felony DUI for the crash that left four people dead and five others injured. One person was left paralyzed and another suffered brain damage. Hosey was sentenced to a minimum of 24 years and a maximum of 80 years.

Hosey was driving east on Spring Mountain Road near Decatur Boulevard early on the morning of Sept. 13, 2012, when he lost control of his car. The car jumped the curb and ran into seven people waiting for a bus at stop. Hosey had three passengers in his car at the time of the crash.

It was a packed courtroom for the sentencing. The injured and family members of those killed sat together.

"Closure, that is what we are looking for," said Jessica Ayala who lost her brother in the crash.

Hosey was 23 when he slammed into a bus stop while speeding along Spring Mountain Road. It was the same age as Ayala's brother, Gerber Hernan Ayala-Tomasino. His sister said she can forgive Hosey, but he needs to serve time.

"Nothing is going to bring him back. It's just nice to see justice is going to be served for him."

Before his sentencing, Hosey had an opportunity to speak to his victims and their families.

"I'm really sorry for your loss. Please understand that I never intended for any of this to happen," Hosey said.

He has written letters of apology to each family. His public defender said Hosey is not an evil man.

"He's just a scared 23-year-old kid with no record zero, zero felonies, zero priors, who just unfortunately did something very stupid," said Bernard Little, Hosey's attorney.

The judge issued the maximum prison time.

"We believe a substantial sentence was appropriate," Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Rutledge said.

But for the loved ones left behind, there is no moving past what happened.

"There's other alternatives than getting behind the wheel and risking killing so many people and damaging so many lives," Ayala said.

Hosey will spend at least 24 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

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