Published: Oct 26, 2010 5:01 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 26, 2010 2:01 PM EDT

TAVARES, Fla. (AP) - To stay out of jail, a central Florida man must send a weekly postcard to the family of the soldier he killed in a car crash.

Lake County Circuit Judge G. Richard Singeltary has ordered 22-year-old Andrew Gaudioso to send the family of Sgt. Thomas Towers Jr. a postcard a week for the next 15 years.

Gaudioso must present the stamped postcard to his probation officer. Otherwise, he faces 15 years in prison.

His attorney says the unusual sentence gives Gaudioso the chance to rebuild his life.

Investigators said Gaudioso was speeding and had traces of drugs in his blood when he crashed into Towers' car outside Eustis in March 2008.

Towers father says he's satisfied with the sentence because it will force Gaudioso to remember the Iraq veteran.