PANAMA CITY - 23 year old Robert Michael Dick III showed no emotion when he walked into the court room Wednesday afternoon.
There was plenty of emotion from family members of his victim, 21-year-old Kerri Ann Hall from Vidalia, Georgia.
Dick killed Hall more than a year ago, when he rear-ended her vehicle on Back Beach Road. He was drunk at the time and left the scene.
Hall's sister, Tiffany Pruett, who was seriously injured in the wreck, read a letter she wrote to Robert Dick.
"Between the pain and the memories, it's a struggle to get through each and every day. When you get out, you will still have the rest of your life ahead of you,"said Pruett.
Family members of Kerri Ann Hall say she wanted to be a pediatric nurse and her loss hasn't been easy for them.
"It's been pure hell. It has been for all of our family. We've always been a close knit family that we have always enjoyed times together and helped each other. The struggle has pulled on our strings for sure," said Terry Hall.
Neither Dick nor his mother spoke. Circuit judge Brantley Clark Jr. then sentenced Robert Dick to 15 years in prison for DUI manslaughter.
This is not Dick's first brush with the law. In 2007 Bay and Walton sheriff's deputies arrested Dick after he tried to shoot and run over six people in Inlet Beach.
Authorities found guns, ammunition, and marijuana in his car and his mother's home.
Besides the 15 year sentence, judge Clark also permanently revoked Dick's driver's license. He has 30 days to appeal the sentence.