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Victim's family has harsh words during sentencing of DUI suspect who killed tow truck driver

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Paula Oppel (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Paula Oppel (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A tow truck driver was on his way home to his family when he stopped to help a motorist. That's when a drunk driver hit and killed him.

That driver was sentenced Wednesday morning -- and the victim's family had some harsh words for her.

It was a very emotional day in court for both families involved. Jewan Turner's family fought back tears as the drunk driver who caused his death was sentenced to 12 years behind bars.

Last July, Turner was working on a car on Beulah Church Road near the Gene Snyder Freeway when a car driven by Paula Oppel sideswiped the car then hit Turner.

Emergency crews tried to resuscitate him, but he died at the scene.

Oppel left the scene, but was arrested a short time later.

Today, she was sentenced to 12 years for second degree manslaughter, driving under the influence, and leaving the scene of an accident. Before being sentenced Oppel tearfully addressed Turner's family, saying she doesn't expect the family to forgive her.

Turner's mother had some harsh words for Oppel -- but ultimately says that she does forgive her. We'll bring you her comments later this afternoon.

The judge says Oppel will be eligible for shock probation.

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