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GIRARD, Ohio - The victim's family and Girard Municipal Judge Jeffrey Adler told Richard Pacholski, 61, of North Carolina, that all he had to do was to stop at one of several nearby rest areas and none of this would have happened.

Pacholski killed Robert Lucarell, 62, of Hubbard back in July 2012 when he fell asleep while driving on Interstate 80 near Route 422, crossed the median and struck Lucarell killing him instantly.

Pacholski told the court, "I deeply regret being behind the wheel of that truck. Not a day goes by since that I do not think about what happened or the alternatives to that scenario."

Lucarell's wife and son pleaded for maximum jail time.

Cheryl Lucarell told Judge Adler, "He condemned me to a life of loneliness and grief to live without the love of my life. He condemned my children and grandchildren to live without a father and grandfather. He murdered my husband because he needed a nap."

The judge sentenced Pacholski to 90 days in the Trumbull county jail with 60 of those days suspended.

"We're happy Judge Adler sentenced him to jail. He deserved to be punished. It was an irresponsible act it just wasn't an accident. Like the judge said, he had a choice," said Robert Lucarell, the victim's son.

Pacholski will lose his driver's license for two years.

He was given five years probation, and in that time he will have to speak to truck driving schools about the dangers of being tired when driving.

Pacholski has the right to appeal the sentence.

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