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APOLOGY: Louisville man asks victim's family to forgive him during sentencing hearing

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A Louisville man who killed a woman during a police chase has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

It happened in Oct. 2012. Police were chasing drug suspect Joe Johnson, when his truck blindsided Stephanie Melson. The 31-year-old mother of three was killed.

Johnson was charged with murder, but in July, he pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter, as well as drug trafficking, fleeing and evading police, weapons and other charges.

Today, Judge Brian Edwards sentenced Johnson to 30 years in prison with no possibility of parole.

In court, Johnson apologized for what he did.

“I am sorely grieved that this tragedy happened,” Johnson told the court. “And I would like to apologize to the family and to ask them for forgiveness, because I truly didn’t intend for anything like this to happen.”

“Obviously they’re not going to be happy with any outcome,” said Prosecutor Kristi Gray. “Nothing is going to bring Stephanie back to them. Nothing is going to make this right. It’s kind of hard to say that there’s ever going to be justice when they’ve suffered such a loss for such a senseless reason, but again, they’re happy to have some closure. They’re happy to know that he’s taken accountability – and that they can move on now.”

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