John Dye sentenced to 12 years for causing deadly East Hill crash
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) —
A man convicted off huffing a can of Endust behind the wheel, then crashing into a home and killing a woman, has been sentenced to prison. John Dye was convicted last month in the 2015 East Hill crash that claimed the life of Donna Alexander.
On Tuesday, a judge sentenced Dye to 12 years in prison and three years probation.
It was the end of an emotional journey for the friends and family of Donna Sue Alexander. They were all in the courtroom wearing purple, her favorite color. The nightmare began in May of 2015 when Dye crashed into her living room and killed her while she was watching TV with her husband.
Her older sister, Tammy Alexander-Beck, spoke to the judge.
She said ,"I miss her laugh, I miss her cry, I miss everything about her."
Alexander-Beck asked the judge for a maximum sentence of 15 years. Dye asked the judge to be fair as he tearfully apologized to the family.
Dye said, "I'll never be able to forgive myself for the pain. The pain, loss, and sadness that I've caused. I lie awake every night praying for healing and forgiveness for those affected by this tragic event."
He said his biggest fear about going to prison was losing time with his family, especially as his parents grow older.
"I made a terrible choice that led to a terrible event, but I'm not a terrible person," Dye said.
Dye admitted he has suffered from substance abuse problems for years. Coincidentally, Alexander was passionate about helping people that were addicted to drugs.
Alexander-Beck said, "I really pray he gets his life straightened out, that's what I want, my sister would want that."
The judge ultimately decided on 12 years in prison and three years probation. Judge Gary Bergosh said, "You are a grown man, you are here because of your actions."
Dye has 30 days to appeal the sentence.