A Bronx father who pleaded guilty to reckless driving after attending a child's party found out his fate Wednesday for killing another father. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
There were tears and lots of emotion for the family of Miguel Colon Wednesday as the man who ran him over with a car, killing him, was sentenced.
"It is like I saw my monster come alive," said Kisha Colon, Miguel's sister. "He didn't have no remorse on his face when me and my family read our speeches. He just put his head down and didn't care."
After the family gave their impact statements, Mark St. Pierre was given 10 to 15 years in prison for angrily driving more than 80 miles an hour along Gun Hill Road in the Bronx.
The DA's office said in 2009, St. Pierre got into a heated argument with the mother of his daughter after attending a birthday party at a Chuck E. Cheese's. St. Pierre sped away out of the parking lot and killed Miguel Colon as he crossed the street with his son. Six other people were injured when St. Pierre crashed into multiple cars.
"I don't think it is whether he snapped and just lost it," said Defense Attorney Karen Charrington. "I think is just a tragic, unfortunate incident and he made one bad decision. And he is going to pay for it for the rest of his life."
Miguel's family said they will pay for it the rest of their lives as well.
"I thought I would grow old with him, watch the Jets games, spoil our grandchildren together," said Charles Cruz, Miguel's brother. "We can't do that. I don't have the opportunity."
During his sentencing, St. Pierre said he didn't mean for it to happen and that he is deeply remorseful.
But Judge Darcel Clark told the courtroom that "there is simply no sentence that will erase the pain."
Colon's nine-year-old and 15-year-old sons did not attend the sentencing. Family members said it would have been too difficult for them to face their father's killer.
Some of Colon's family said they will forgive but never forget. Others said they can never forgive St. Pierre for taking away a loved one.