A man pleaded guilty Monday to charges connected to a fatal crash that happened last year.
Brian Hieb, 44, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and DWI in Catawba County Monday morning. He was charged after a February 2011 crash on Slanting Bridge Road that killed a 50-year-old woman.
Prosecutors told the judge they had video of every single drink Hieb had before the fatal accident. It came from inside a Lincoln County bar where, over a six-hour period, Hieb had several drinks before getting behind the wheel.
Darren Moore, the son of the woman killed in the crash, spoke out in court.
“You have no idea what you've done to me,” he said.
“There's no pen or piece of paper worth wasting my time to sit up here and talk to you, to tell you what a piece of scum you are. Trust me, you will see me again,” Moore added.
Prosecutors said Hieb had left the bar in Denver when he sideswiped a landscaping truck and then struck Sandy Campbell's car head-on. She had picked up her son from work, and the two were on their way to dinner.
Hieb apologized for the crash.
“I'm deeply and greatly sorry for the pain that you've been caused,” Hieb said.
Prosecutors said his blood-alcohol level was two and a half times the legal limit. They think he was traveling more than 75 mph on a two-lane road when he crossed the center line.
“What do you tell someone who killed your mother right in front of you, and you had to watch it happen?” Moore said.
The judge sentenced Hieb to between eight and 10 years of prison time.