The Augusta County man convicted of manslaughter in the death of a pizza delivery driver has learned his fate Thursday.
Kevin Muscarella, 30, went into a court hearing, facing the possibility of a 20-year prison term.
Moments before learning his fate, the defendant told the judge that after the fatal crash, he awoke in the hospital to feel "unbearable pain and regret."
The judge then sentenced him to eight-and-a-half years.
Muscarella pleaded no contest in October to an aggravated manslaughter charge.
State police say Muscarella caused the February 2011 crash that killed Christopher Rubin of Waynesboro. Rubin was working at the time, as a delivery driver for Domino's pizza.
Prosecutors told the court that Muscarella had a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 1.2 and had been driving at a high rate of speed.
One witness reported seeing Muscarella's car "fly by" just before the crash, on Route 340 in Stuarts Draft.
Muscarella's attorney and family members asked for a far lighter sentence, partly because the prison time will keep him away from his young son.The defendant told the judge that he wanted a chance to right his wrongs.