PLATTE CITY, Mo. -- Anthony Battaglia was sentenced to six years in jail for involuntary manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance Thursday.
Battaglia pleaded guilty in April to killing Donald Rippy during an accident that happened on the side of 152-Highway near I-435, on February 10, 2014. Prosecutors say Rippy was trying to help his grandson after the teen's car broke down.
Rippy's family says the last year has been tough.
"I feel empathy for his family," Carol Rippy said. "They've lost a family member as well and it would scare me if one of my children had to go to prison. You can't break the law and not accept the consequences. I hope someday he does accept responsibility, and he does have remorse for killing my husband."
The sentencing was originally scheduled for June 11, but the judge delayed the sentencing until Thursday because he wanted some time to read letters written by Rippy's family.
Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence Battaglia to 10 years behind bars for the crime.