Md. man gets 2 years in hit-and-run that killed University of Maryland student
A Maryland man will spend two years in prison for killing a University of Maryland student last year in a hit-and-run crash.
That was the decision at a sentencing hearing at a Prince George's County courthouse on Friday.
It was an emotional scene inside the courtroom as the decision was handed down.
A tearful 30-year-old Liam Adepo told Cory Hubbard's family in court that he is ashamed and sickened by what he did to them and their beloved son and he asked for forgiveness as he heads off to jail.
Adepo was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to failure to remain at the scene of a collision involving death for a January 2014 accident in College Park that killed Hubbard.
"This was a very emotional case," said Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. "Cory Hubbard was obviously a very special young man. I think there were a few dry eyes in this courtroom today."
The state's attorney released a series of video clips from surveillance cameras at Looney's Pub in College Park that they say show Adepo on January 17, 2014 inside the bar where he stayed for an hour and a half. Then he went outside where they say he clearly had difficulty walking.
Prosecutors say at 1:30 a.m., Hubbard was attempting to cross Baltimore Avenue in the middle of the block when he was struck by a dark-colored Toyota that fled the scene.
The next day, Adepo told his family he was responsible and they called police.
One year later, the state's attorney said there is a satisfying conclusion to this case.
"We hope that during his time while he is incarcerated, he will have an opportunity to assess what got him here, to address the alcohol issues that caused this horrible tragedy," said Alsobrooks.
The state's attorney's office says it received 45 victim impact statements from Hubbard's friends and family, but adds while there is now justice in this case, two families have suffered a terrible loss.
"I think there is a sense of loss on both sides," Alsobrooks said. "An acknowledgement that not only Mr. Hubbard's family goes home today without their loved one, but there are two young infant children who go home today without a father. Nobody wins in this case or any case similar to this. There are no winners."
Hubbard's mother and father both made statements at the sentencing on Friday and they spoke directly to Adapo. They said they do forgive him and added they hope after serving his time in prison, that he can be a great father to his young twins.
In addition to the two-year prison sentence, he faces three years supervised probation once he is released.