(WMC-TV) – A Memphis teen, who has spent most of the last year under house arrest, will spend one month behind bars after killing a man in a car accident.
Samer Sakaan, who is now 19, was sentenced Friday for the death of 36-year-old William Marshall. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
"I feel like it's a good result, we'd prefer him not to go to jail for 30 days but the judge saw it differently," said Sakaan's attorney, Randy Songstad.
Sakaan pleaded guilty to reckless vehicular homicide for the May crash that killed Marshall as he got his mail.
At the scene, Sakaan admitted to police he had been at a nightclub the previous night where he had been drinking and smoking pot. He was facing three to six years in jail.
"He wasn't under the influence of any drugs, any alcohol, and that's why the state mitigated that sentence down the way they did," said Songstad.
Sakaan said he was angry with the driver in front of him for going too slowly. When he passed her in a no passing zone, he spilled a cup of water, reached for it, and drove off the road.
He never saw Williams until the impact.
Three and a half months later, while out on bond, he was arrested for trespassing and has been on house arrest ever since.
After the sentencing. Marshall's relatives broke down outside the courtroom. His mother said her son's 36 years of life was melted down to 30 days.
For Sakaan's father, the sentence was 30 days too many.
"It was an accident and there's other accidents in Memphis nobody reported, it just happened with the police too," said Sakaan's father, Abdul.
Sakaan testified he has recurring nightmares about the accident.
From the stand, there was remorse and tears.
He is still trying to finish high school and wants to go on to play professional tennis. It will be 30 days before his life can go on as planned.
"He's a good kid and he'll get through this and he'll move on," said his attorney.
The family of William Marshall will also move on, but they will have to do it without the man who was a beloved father, brother, husband, and son.
William Marshall, after working more than a decade at FedEx, had just embarked on one of his dreams, running his own heating and air conditioning business.