Posted: 5:45 p.m. MST
The man who pleaded guilty in December to leaving the scene of an accident that killed a teen last summer was sentenced Wednesday to 2.5 years behind bars.
In the early hours of July 3, Joseph Dildine, 27, who was driving a truck, struck Christopher Humbert, 19, who stood on the median near Avenue C and 24th St.
Humbert died at the scene.
A few days later, officers were tipped to Dildine's location.
When he was arrested, Dildine told investigators that he got behind the wheel after a night of drinking.
At the time, Dildine said he did not tell authorities about the hit and run because he thought he had hit a curb.
Wednesday, Judge David Haws sentenced to Dildine to 2.5 years behind bars, but he will receive credit for the 259 days he has already served.
During his sentencing, Dildine apologized, saying: "No matter how many times I say I'm sorry...They won't believe me...It's the biggest mistake I've ever made...I'm not what everyone makes me out to be...I'm not a monster...I made a mistake."
Dildine said he is ready to deal with the consequences.
Haws said he recognized that Dildine showed remorse.
Humbert's father was present in the courtroom, but, too tearful to speak, a victim's advocate read a statement on the family's behalf.
Humbert's mother said in a statement that read in part, this is "an indescribable pain that I now live with from the moment I open my eyes until I close them and with every breath I take...not only did that man kill my son, he has also sentenced me to this life."