Justin Caramanica appeared shackled in court for his sentencing. (Peter Dawson/FOX5)
Justin Caramanica (LVMPD)
Faith Love, 12, died after being struck by a vehicle driven by Caramanica. (Photo provided by CCSD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A Las Vegas man was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday, more than a year after he was arrested in connection to the impaired-driving accident that killed a 12-year-old girl on Halloween.
A judge also ordered Justin Caramanica, 42, to pay a fine of $2,000, according to reports in court.
Caramanica will be eligible for parole after eight years in prison.
Caramanica entered a guilty plea in July on charges connected to the incident that killed 12-year-old Faith Love.
According to Las Vegas Metro police, Caramanica was behind the wheel of a vehicle that had struck Love in the area of Sandstone Bluffs Drive and Wesley Lake Place, near Sahara Avenue and Hualapai Way, on Halloween, 2011.
Police said Caramanica blew a blood-alcohol level of .06, which is under the legal limit. According to police, though, he admitted to taking prescription pills before the incident.
Caramanica pleaded guilty to felony driving under the influence involving death. A reckless driving charge was dropped against him, according to Las Vegas court records.
Shortly after his plea, in September, Caramanica was arrested for driving under the influence while released on bond before his sentencing.
A judge ordered him to remain jailed at Clark County Detention Center until his sentencing.
His sentencing came just days after Love's family honored her memory on the one year anniversary of her death.
The family still expressed sorrow over her death.
"None of us will ever be the same," Rocquell Love, Faith's mother, said a year after.
Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.
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