Friday, April 20, 2012
A Wichita man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for causing a fatal crash last summer. Last month, 28-year-old Bret Davis pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence in June 2011. James Miser, 56, died after Davis crashed into his truck.
At Friday's sentencing, there were tears on both sides of the courtroom, as Miser's widow and the man charged with his death both said they hope the future will bring forgiveness. Davis asked Kerry Miser to forgive him for the death of her husband.
"I truly am very sorry, from the bottom of my heart, and I hope and pray that over time you can find a way to forgive me for my actions," said Davis.
Kerry Miser said since the crash, she's felt as though a piece of her family puzzle is missing.
"What I want to get across he was just not a man in a white pickup. This man was a son, he was a brother, he was a grandson, he was an uncle, a friend, and a in-law. He was my husband. And the one role that he loved the most, was a father," said Kerry Miser.
When it was Davis' turn to speak, he began reading a letter addressed to Miser's family.
"Dear Miser Family: I'm not sure I know where to begin. I've been thinking about it for weeks on how I should do this and the only thing that pops into my head is that 'I'm sorry' does not work," said Davis.
Although the state prosecutor asked the judge to sentence Davis to 62 months in prison, the judge gave him a 66-month sentence.