6.5 years for man who admitted running over Sterling Lytle - Tucson News Now

6 1/2 years for man who admitted running over firefighter

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The man who pleaded guilty in the death of a Nogales firefighter was sentenced to prison today.

Jesus Zepeda, who admitted to running over Sterling Lytle, was sentenced to 6 1/2 years behind bars.

Lytle was removed from life support in June after being injured in a hit-and-run incident.

Jesus Zepeda was charged with negligent homicide in the Midtown incident. 

It all happened while Lytle was driving home with a coworker.  Police say the Zepeda was following them while honking his horn and flashing his lights.  When Lytle and the driver pulled over, Lytle stepped out, and Zepeda ran him over and took off.  This left the Nogales firefighter with severe head injuries. 

Yesterday his family gathered at an organ donation event in honor of their son and others who gave life even after their deaths. 

Tucson News Now spoke with Lytle's mother about what was going through her mind.

"(Zepeda) is going to walk out of prison in four to eight years while my son is still in the ground because he killed him, and I have a problem with that. But at the same time I trust our court system," said Sarah Lytle Barcelo.

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