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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A 25-year old Youngstown man is going to prison for leaving the scene of a deadly accident.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge James Evans sentenced Michael J. Johnson, Jr. to eight years in prison on Tuesday.

Johnson pleaded guilty earlier to aggravated vehicular homicide, tampering with evidence and failing to stop after an accident.

Johnson failed to stop after an accident on West Hylda Avenue on the South Side that killed 23-year-old Robert Brown of Youngstown in February of last year.

Brown was struck and killed as he was walking to his car.

In addition to the prison sentence, Johnson will have his driver's license suspended for ten years and is being fined $5,000.

As he was sentenced, Johnson apologized for his actions saying, "I want to apologize for all the hurt and pain that I may have caused. This was a total accident. I never wanted any of this to happen. I know apologizing won't change any of the hurt that the family is going through."

However, members of Brown's family and close friends acknowledged that although it was an accident that took the life of their loved one, Johnson has shown no remorse.

Tyler Austin, a long-time friend of the victim says, "Eight years doesn't account for a lifetime my friend Rob could have had, I'm not satisfied with eight years at all."

The victim's mother, Jewell Brown asked the Judge for the maximum saying, "He (Johnson) does not deserve to walk or drive among us, so that this tragedy can possibly happen to someone else."

Assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor Jennifer McLaughlin told the court that two-and-a-half months after the deadly hit and run, Johnson was caught driving again without a license.

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