CINCINNATI - A local man will serve 15 years in prison for his role in a North Fairmount car crash last year that killed a 14-year-old.
Police say in April 2011, Anthony Watkins, 26, got behind the wheel of his Ford Explorer knowing his brakes were faulty, with a suspended license and under the influence of drugs.
Watkins ran a stop sign at the intersection of Beekman Street and Sutter Avenue and crashed his Explorer into another vehicle. A passenger in the other vehicle, 14-year-old Jayland Raven, died after the accident.
Cincinnati police said Watkins knew his brakes on his vehicle were bad, but still drove it anyway. Police said Watkins had six outstanding traffic charges at the time and was driving on a suspended license.
Watkins was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
On Thursday, Watkins received sentences of six, six and nine years. One of the six year sentences will be served concurrently.
The victim's grandmother, who was injured in the crash, spoke in court saying she forgives Watkins and hopes he becomes a better person while in prison. Watkins briefly spoke in court as well saying he was sorry for his actions and that he takes full responsibility for the crash.
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