CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Country Day English teacher Deborah Floyd prides herself on always having the right words for every occasion. Today, Floyd was at a loss for words.
"There are no words," Floyd told a Clermont County judge who was deciding the fate of 51-year old Todd Shaw, the man responsible for Floyd's husband's death.
At Shaw's sentencing, Deborah Floyd shared her love story and her broken heart between sobs.
"I waited a lifetime to find the kind of true selfless love I had with Fred Carey. We were only married four months when he was killed," Floyd told the judge and a courtroom full of people.
On February 21st of this year, 51-year old Fred Carey was riding his bike from his parents farm to his home. He was rounding a bend on Roundbottom Road in Union Township when he was struck by a van driven by Shaw.
Shaw admitted he had seen Carey on the bike up ahead, looked down at his phone, then struck him. He fled the scene.
Prosecutors say Shaw, who has seven prior drunk driving charges, had spent the prior eight hours drinking at two different bars.
"He never made it home because another man chose to spend the day drinking," Floyd said.
Last month, Shaw entered a plea deal to avoid a trial. Today, he faced his victim's family for the first time.
"I hope that someday you can find it in your hearts to forgive me for what I have done. Just want to say I am truly, truly sorry," Shaw told Carey's family.
Shaw was sentenced to 9.5 years behind bars. As part of his sentence, he will never be able to drive again.