PLATTE CITY, Mo. -- A Northland man was sentenced to five years probation Thursday in Platte County Court for killing his best friend while driving drunk almost two years ago.
Steven Jimenez had a blood-alcohol level of .137 and traces of marijuana in his system when he crashed and killed his friend, Alex Huber in January 2011.
Alex's mother, father, and sister all took the stand and asked the judge for leniency.
"I forgive you," his sister said as she stared at Steven from the stand. "I do. I think you don't deserve prison because Alex wouldn't want that to happen."
"I can't describe the pain and the hurt. It will be there for the rest of my life," Ted Huber, Alex's father said. "But there is no reason for another family to suffer like we are."
In addition to the five years of probation, Jimenez must serve 150 hours of community service. He is also forbidden to use alcohol, drugs, or drive a vehicle. If he violates probation, he will go to jail for four years.
Huber said he's certain his son would agree that Steven Jimenez deserved compassion and a second chance.
"I hope for Steven Jimenez that he definitely learns his lesson and that he will go on and do things to help other people so this won't happen again to another child or a teenager."