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Man charged with DUI death pleads guilty

By Laurie Bernstein - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - James French remembers September 24th, 2008 like it was yesterday.

"I was driving to school, and I saw him speeding down the road. He didn't stop at the stop sign, and hit the car. I saw the boy fly through the air. He then turned around and was gone," said French, who was the one that chased down and apprehended William Salzman.

Salzman is the man police say drove drunk, and hit and killed 15-year-old John Paul Morgan.

Salzman pled guilty to the crime Monday, with a judge sentencing him to ten years in prison, and five years on probation.

"I thought he was gonna get longer than that. He's got lot of charges, and he just got ten years? That don't make no sense," said French.

Morgan's mother and brother agree--even though the thought of Salzman in jail is comforting, they say the combination of killing the 15-year-old, while under the influence of alcohol and then trying to run away should have gotten him the death penalty.

"He doesn't deserve to be here if my brother can't be here. He deserves to be killed himself," said Roger Thomas, Morgan's brother.

"I can't bring him back, but I wish I could. He didn't deserve that. He had long life to live, and I want to show him how it feels to kill innocent child like that. He should not be drinking or driving," said Joyce Snellgrove, Morgan's mother.

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