Published: Aug 01, 2011 10:41 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 01, 2011 8:40 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Lee County man who hit and killed two nuns in a drunk driving accident in 2009 admitted his guilt today.

Michael Hickman will spend the next 15 years behind bars.

"I'm having a very hard time. I feel horrible this happened," Hickan said.

Hickman, 62, spent most of the hearing holding back tears as friends of the two women who were killed looked on.

Hickman will spend 15 years behind bars for driving drunk and slamming into this Toyota Prius, killing Sisters Anne McFall and Karinne O'Malley.

The survivor of the crash asked to speak to Hickman.

Sister Elizabeth Meegan had not come to face to face with Hickman before now and wanted to leave him with just one message: "I hope and pray our God who is always able to bring good from evil, will somehow with your cooperation, do that for you"

Hickman's family and friends told the judge the accident he caused will forever change his life and everyone's around him.

"My son will be taken from me. I won't see him again. I'm 82 years old. I need him. He's catholic. Involved in death of 2 nuns...it has been devastating," Hickman's father said.

Hickman was set to retire this year and says he plead guilty to keep the nuns friends and family from having to relive the horrible events from that day.

"I feel bad...for the sisters, their family. My family... And that's all I can say," Hickman said.

This was the maximum sentence Hickman could have received.

He was arrested before this accident for drunk driving.

Hickman was also sentenced to 15 years probation after his release.