Sentencing in deadly hit-and-run case

July 20, 2009 8:44:08 PM PDT
Lemuel Payne will spend 2 to 5 years in prison in the death of 16-year-old Faith Sinclair Ferrell last AugustThe 27-year-old Upper Darby resident pled guilty to leaving the scene of the tragic crash. Faith was trying to cross a busy street on her way to a sleep-over.

Payne will spend 2 to 5 years in prison.

"I think Judge Hazel took everything and made the best possible decision the law allows."

Faith, an honor student with dreams of being a special education teacher, was crossing Chester Pike with friends when hit by Payne's black Mercedes.

It took a few days to find the car hidden in his garage, 6 months to charge him and last month on the eve of his trial, the young husband and father pleaded guilty.

At Monday's sentencing hearing, Payne apologized to Faith's parents and his family saying, "I made a terrible mistake that night. I just panicked."

While talking to the judge, Faith's mother turned to the man who took her daughter's life and said, "I forgive you."

Faith's father is glad Payne ultimately owned up to the tragedy.

"Until someone came forward who was I to forgive? I'm not where my wife is, but him owning up helped put me on that road."

Payne's friends and family testified on his behalf saying he's a hard working good person.

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