Man gets 3 years in deadly hit-and-run

WOODBURY, N.J. - October 23, 2009 Joseph Bozzelli of Franklin Township pleaded guilty in September in connection with the October 2006 death of Brian Lilley, 30.

He was hit as he walked along Sicklerville Road in Monroe Township.

Bozelli, 23, was sentenced for leaving the scene of a fatal accident and driving with a suspended license.

Lilley's mother, Betty Davis, read a statement at the sentencing. She said she never gave up hope that the person who killed would be found. She even put up a billboard asking for the public's help and a reward was offered.

Last November a tip came in and Bozzelli was arrested.

Authorities say the car he was driving was scrapped and, because of the lapse in time, Bozzelli could not be charged with vehicular homicide or death by auto.

Since the hit-and-run happened, New Jersey has increased the penalty for leaving the scene of a fatal accident. The crime now carries a five to ten year prison term.

However, that change came too late for this case and, since Bozzelli has already served a year of his term, he could be out of prison in two years.

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