A Bedford man has been sentenced to one year in prison for a hit-skip that left a 5-year-old Cleveland boy dead.
At the sentencing, prosecutors played a surveillance tape of the accident from a nearby building, describing it for the judge.
"And then you see Israel, and then he's struck by the vehicle. You can see the lights clearly illuminating."
Prosecutors pointed out that the driver hit the brakes after hitting the boy, indicating he knew he struck something. Still, he took off.
Cleveland accident investigators found front-end damage to Lee's vehicle, a 2012 Kia Sorrento, but it could not be proven Lee caused the boy's death. So a plea deal was arranged.
Part of the deal included an agreed-upon sentence of one year. Homicide charges were dropped because prosecutors simply didn't have the evidence to prove it.
"He left my son there to die. No compassion. No sympathy. No nothing," said Israel's father.
The judge told him the law tied his hands.
"There is no justice that will satisfy the family. There is no justice," the judge responded.