A Williamson County jury has decided the fate of a man who pleaded guilty to drunk driving and killing a veteran two years ago. John Mcclintock has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The prosecution, along with the defense, made their closing arguments before a jury on Friday.
The state prosecuting attorneys worked to paint a very blunt picture of the choice they said John Mcclintock made in November 2015, when he got in his car after a night of drinking and ran down Domonick Turner, a veteran out riding his motorcycle on I-35 in Round Rock.
"It’s John McClintock’s fault, you do not need to feel bad for him. You do not need to feel sorry for him because he is not a victim. He made every choice and every decision that night and those early morning hours," said the prosecuting attorney.
Authorities said McClintock's blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit at the time of the accident.
Police dash cam video shows McClintock driving on the wrong side of the freeway and prior to the crash, McClintock was seen at a bar celebrating Veterans Day with friends.
A celebration with an ending as ironic as it is tragic.
Especially since it's a day Turner's family said they’ll never get to celebrate again. "They will never been able to tell everyone this is our son a veteran, we are so proud of him. They don't get to do that because Veterans Day is now a memorial," said prosecuting attorney.
Just days ago, McClintock took the stand and addressed a courtroom full of people, including Turner’s family. "But it is the truth, at the end of the day, I will not have a single drink for the rest of my life because I killed Domonick Turner, and I will remember that every single day."
Turner’s parents Sharon and Dale both said they aren’t buying it.
”No, not once when he was on the witness stand did he say he was sorry, he still hasn’t,” said Dale Turner.
His wife Sharon said they were relieved with the sentencing but still left with a gaping hole in their hearts. "What we know is it won't bring our son back but he was a wonderful kid, he really was he was wonderful. But hopefully now we can try to be ok,” said Sharon Turner.