A drunk driver who struck and killed an eight-year-old who was riding a bicycle learned his fate during an emotional sentencing hearing in Auburn Monday.
Placer County Superior Court Judge Robert McElhaney sentenced Aaron Munso, 33, to 15 years in state prison for the death of Emmett Jenson last fall. The Little Leaguer had just played a baseball game and was riding home along Stanford Ranch Road in Rocklin with his father when he was struck by Munso's truck. Munso, who had his own children with him, fled the scene.
Many at Monday's proceeding were in tears. The victim's mother, Deedee Jensen, said she didn't hate Munro, but rather the deadly choices he made. "When they get in their car it's like they're wielding a loaded weapon in the face of innocent people," she said.
Jensen also hoped Munso's remorse would mean that the loss of her son was not in vain. "He still has choices. He still has his children. Still has his life and I hope he uses this to make a difference," the mother said.
Munso entered a plea of guilty to charges of vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, and two counts of child endangerment.
During the sentencing, the Jensens played a short video of their son. The images proved so difficult to watch that the defendent was crying and the judge had to excuse himself for a few minutes before continuing.
The Rocklin community has proposed naming one of its baseball fields in memory of the young ballplayer.