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Dec 2, 2015 2:07 PM

Nashua man who killed son in drunk driving crash sentenced to up to 7 years

NASHUA - Last February, Nghia Huynh got behind the wheel of his car after a night of drinking.

His blood alcohol content was 0.14 - nearly twice the legal limit - and that there were traces of marijuana and other drugs in his system.

That night Hunyn got into a crash - with his son Kobe in the car.

“And not but for those shots of brandy and but for the decisions you had made, maybe Kobe would still be here,” said Judge Jacalyn Colburn before sentencing Huynh.

Kobe Huynh was just 14 years old at the time. He died in the crash.

Kobe had been diagnosed with a terminal illness at the time, but his death came at the hand of his father that February night.

Nghia Huynh pleaded guilty to negligent homicide.

“The best gift god ever gave to me was my son, and the happiest day of my life was when my son was born," Huynh said in his final words to the court. "The saddest day and the toughest day of my life was when my son was gone.”

Huynh's attorney said this week was especially emotional for her client.

Kobe would have turned 16 on Monday. Huynh accepted a plea deal - serving 2 to 7 years in a state prison.

Kobe's mother was unable to bring herself to sentencing.

“I mean obviously he is looking at a much longer sentence (if she was in court)," said Prosecuting Attorney Cassie Devine. "It was so she [Kobe’s mother] wouldn’t have to go through testimony on her son's birthday.”

Devine also told NH1 News the prosecution wanted to make an example of Huynh’s sentencing.

“Do not get behind the wheel of a car if you've been drinking because tragedy will ensure and there is no way to pick up the pieces,” Devine said.

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