MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Navy veteran and motorcycle enthusiast was killed by a five-time convicted drunk driver in 2014. Now, the driver will spend more than a decade in prison.
Christopher Franklin was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing Thomas Holloway Jr.
Holloway's family said they are ready to forgive Christopher Franklin and move forward after what happened in September 2014. Even though Franklin was a repeat DUI offender and his continued violation of the law eventually caused the death of their loved one.
"It was hard. We were married almost 35 years," Thomas' widow Frances said.
For Holloway's widow, it hurts.
"I know that he's in a better place, and he's looking down on us," Thomas' grandson Seth Bonetti said.
The feeling is even more for Holloway's widow.
"I think about him 1,000 times a day. We all do. We miss him," Frances said.
Franklin was driving drunk and will spend the next 15 years in prison. Holloway was riding on his Harley on Shelby Drive when Franklin ran a red light.
"Yes he deserves to be punished," Frances said.
Franklin's four previous DUI convictions are the reason Holloway's wife is pushing for tougher punishments for repeat DUI offenders.
"We couldn't understand for the longest how someone like that is still on the streets," Frances said.
But to move forward, this biker and veteran's wife has a message for Franklin.
"I would like him to know that I don't hate him and I do forgive him."
She said she has to move forward.
"That's what my husband would want for me. He wouldn't want me just suffering every single day."