LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The woman accused of hitting, dragging and killing a motorcyclist last May has plead no contest to DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of a crash that caused a death.
Donna Brown will spend eight years in prison. Brown must spend four years behind bars before she can be considered for good behavior. She will never be allowed to have a valid drivers license again.
"Everyday I have to live with seeing you drag my brother under your car and deal with sleepless nights and horrific dreams," said Daniel Caleb.
Carl "Ed" Patrick was Daniel Caleb's best friend.
Daniel Caleb was riding with Patrick the night of May 9th, 2012. That's when troopers say Donna Brown hit Patrick's motorcycle from behind. Brown allegedly dragged Patrick for 3 miles, before a deputy stopped her.
"You never made any attempt to stop," said Caleb.
On Friday, Brown plead no contest, and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
Brown began crying as the court asked her if she understood the plea agreement.
Brown also wanted to address the family, and the court.
"There was nothing on my behalf that was done intentionally, or even knowingly. And I feel so terrible," said Brown.
It was an emotional day in court, as friends and family of the victim turned out in numbers.
Known as "Special Ed", Patrick was a beloved boyfriend and father.
The victim's daughter, Babette Phillips, spoke to the court, and broke down on the stand. She said her father called her daily, and that his death was not fair.
"It's true, sweetheart, your daddy is gone. Words I will never forget," said Phillips.
The state says a trial could have been risky. Although FHP says Brown's BAC level was 3 times the legal limit, because of a Supreme Court ruling, that evidence couldn't be used in court.
"The punishment from the plea deal you have been offered is no way enough in my opinion for what you have done but at least justice has been served. Rest in peace, Special Ed,. We love you. Amen," said Caleb.
Brown's attorney Wilbur Smith asked that Brown be released for 30 days to take care of some personal issues. That request was denied. Brown had her bail revoked previously for driving with a suspended license.