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Judge sentences Miranda Dalton to 8 to 20 years in prison

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The convicted drunk driver who killed a man in April got the maximum sentence: 8 to 20 years in prison.

Family and friends from across the country packed Judge Jennifer Toggliati's courtroom to hear Miranda Dalton's fate.  Dalton's blood alcohol level was about twice the legal limit when she rear-ended Paul Maidman's car at a stop light in Summerlin.  It was her second DUI. 

Dalton broke down in court and cried as she apologized to Maidman's family.

"I'm so sorry for the hopes and dreams that have been taken from you.  My deepest consequence. And I'm so sorry for that," said Dalton.

But her tears fell on deaf ears.  Maidman's relatives pleaded with the judge to hand down the harshest punishment possible.

Mark Maidman said, "I've lost my son. I have to live with "what if's" for the rest of my life."

Maidman's mother, Marlene Chance said Dalton's apology was too little, too late. "When she left her home, she left her home sober and she took her car with her with the intention of getting drunk.  You wouldn't give a drunk a loaded gun.  There's no reason to drunk a car or any other mans of killing someone."

Maidman's sister, Dawn Fullerton-Buist said Dalton ruined life for everyone who loved Paul.  "And may God forgive me, but I can't forgive somebody for killing my little brother and letting him die in the gutter alone."

Dalton was less than one mile from her home at the time of the accident. She was arrested and posted bail on the condition she stop drinking and wear an ankle bracelet that monitors alcohol consumption. She was re-arrested after she tampered with her alcohol detection device was spotted at a bar partying with friends. 

Maidman's family and friends say they feel they got some justice, but they plan to continue a campaign to raise awareness of the problem of drinking and driving. They also want to change Nevada law to deny parole to people convicted of deadly DUI's.

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