Nov 3, 2016 9:26 PM
UPDATE: Bow man sentenced to at least 6 years, apologizes for role in deadly crash
MANCHESTER— After he plead guilty to negligent homicide for his role in a fatal crash nearly a year ago, Alexander Burke apologized to his victim's family and friends.
"I am really sorry to you," Burke said. "I feel terrible, and I'm sorry."
Burke was emotional in court as his guilty plea was accepted by the judge and he was sentenced to no less than 6 years, but no more than 12 years in state prison.
He admitted to driving drunk and running a red light on Nov. 29, 2015 at the intersection of Lake Avenue and Union Street in Manchester. Burke had his girlfriend in the car with him, and hit another vehicle full of people.
One of those people was 47-year-old Isabel Batista, who died in the crash. Four other people were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
Batista's daughter, Lucy Lugo, gave a victim impact statement during Thursday's hearing.
"Alexander Burke, no jail time will compare to the emptiness and sense of loss your actions have given us," Lugo said. "You took my mother away at 47 years old. Everyone knows she was full of life and love. It was not her time to go."
Burke's girlfriend, Crystal Glenn, also gave a statement, echoing Burke's remorse.
"It has been a very difficult year for so many people directly and indirectly in the events of November 29," she said, tearfully. "I can only hope that everyone understands that Alex will forever be haunted by the tragic events of that evening."
Glenn explained that she and Burke had "settled in" that night, with no plans to go anywhere. However, she said those plans changed when Burke injured himself and decided he needed medical treatment. She did not specify what that injury was.
Burke was on parole at the time of the crash and has a criminal record that dates back more than a decade. In addition to his prison sentence, Burke will undergo anger management, treatment for existing mental health issues, and his license will be revoked indefinitely.