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Emotions run deep during Liggett sentencing

Updated: Wednesday, April 16 2014, 05:42 PM EDT
HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio - There weren't many dry eyes inside the Harrison County Courthouse on Wednesday.
That's where Bryan Liggett was sentenced to 6 years in prison and 3 years post-release control a week after he pled guilty to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI for his involvement in killing another man in Harrison County last August.
Bryan Westlake was tragically killed when Liggett's vehicle crossed the center line and hit Westlake head on, instantly taking his life. Liggett was on drugs at the time of the crash. His driver's license was also suspended for life.
During Wednesday's sentencing, numerous family members on both sides of the case stood up during victim impact statements, tearfully telling their stories. One side grieved for the loss of their son, their friend, and father.
On the other side, Liggett's family expressed their sadness to the Westlake family.
Almost everyone on Liggett's side, though, noticed the differences between the clean, sober version of him and the one that's on drugs.
On Wednesday, Liggett stood up and faced the victim's family, telling for perhaps the first time what happened after the crash.
"When I woke up in the hospital after I was in ICU and I had no idea what had happened, she told me of the car accident," Liggett said. "I said, 'What happened?' and she said, 'You hit somebody head on.' And I said, 'Is he ok? She said, 'No, he lost his life."
Liggett expressed his deepest remorse for his actions.
"I can't ask for you to forgive me because I don't know if I've forgiven myself, but I pray for your forgiveness every night," Liggett said.
Common Pleas Court Judge Shawn Hervey told the families he relates and is compassionate for everyone involved.
After some thought, he handed down his sentence.    
"Hopefully, the healing begins now, though it will never make either family whole again, know that this part is done."

Emotions run deep during Liggett sentencing

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