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Family of Accident Victim Address Man Who Caused Crash

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LAS VEGAS -- A judge sentenced a Las Vegas man to the maximum in connection with the hit-and-run crash in August that left a young man dead.

In accordance with his plea deal with prosecutors, Jvon Williams was sentenced to 6 to 15 years in prison for felony hit and run and leaving the scene of an accident.

His vehicle struck the motorcycle ridden by 19-year-old Angel Velasquez, who was a Metro Police Explorer, near East Sahara Avenue and South Van Patten Street.

Velasquez was taken to Sunrise Hospital, where he died.

Velasquez's family spoke during Monday's sentencing hearing. The judge was in tears, as the father and the older sister of Velasquez spoke.

At one point, the family addressed the defendant directly.

As Ernesto Velasquez showed the picture of his 19-year-old son, Angel in his Metro Police Explorer uniform to everyone in the courtroom, he talked about the pain his family had gone through over the last four months.

"It is killing me right now. It is not just killing me but my family," Velasquez said.

This as the defendant, 29-year-old Jvon Williams, stood just feet away. Williams ran a stop sign on Sahara Avenue and hit Velasquez.

The victim's older sister, Jacqueline, says Williams has to answer to what he did.

"I ask you how many more lives must Jvon Williams kill before he gets the appropriate sentencing? I hope the answer ends with my brother," Jacqueline Velasquez said.

Originally, police suspected Williams had been under the influence but his toxicology results did not show an illegal level of alcohol.

Williams, who has pleaded guilty for leaving the scene, apologized to the victim's family.

"I have no excuse for that night. It was a poor decision, one that I regret for the rest of my days," Williams said.

Williams showed little emotion otherwise, as many in the courtroom were in tears including Judge Stefany Miley.

Ernesto Velasquez had some final words for the man who killed his only son.

"Mr. Williams, I don't hate you sir, but at the same time I don't feel sorry for you either," Velasquez said.

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