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Drunk driver sent to prison for 12 yrs for crash that killed cop

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Before a DeKalb County Superior Court Judge sentenced Gene Jones, 41, Jim Hanson, the stepfather of Doraville Detective Robert 'Shane' Wilson's read a prepared victim impact statement.

"It is said a wife who loses her husband is a widow, a child who loses a parent is an orphan, but there are no words to describe a parent who loses a child," said Hanson.

On November 14, 2011, Jones was traveling on Interstate 20 around 2:00 a.m.

Wilson had just left his home. He was the on-call detective, on his way to a home invasion.

"Mr. Jones I waited a long time to speak to you to tell you of the loss that we can never heal from," said Hanson.

Jones admitted to driving drunk, but he said he doesn't remember what happened. Police said Jones made an illegal U-turn on the interstate and hit Wilson head-on.

"You sir are the scum of the Earth and a menace to society," said Hanson.

Jones never looked up while Hanson spoke. Prosecutors said when the accident happened, it was Jones' third DUI. His mother has this to say to the victim's family.

"I really empathize with your family and I hope one day you will forgive my son."

Jones then got up and apologized.

"So many times I wish it was my life instead of Mr. Wilson's," said Jones.

Jones said he wanted to reach out to Wilson's family soon after the incident happened.

"To the Wilson family I'm truly sorry and I'm not mad at them for hating me."

The judge sentenced Jones to 15 years. He will serve 12 of those in prison.

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