James Kyle Rose, 20, will spend the next eight years of his life in prison. He's charged with killing his girlfriend, and seriously injuring two other teenagers in a violent crash last July in York County.
Rose and his girlfriend, 18-year-old Clarissa Disbrow, had just moved in together that day, July 24. After moving furniture all day they went out to celebrate with two friends, Dustin Campbell and Krissy Wall.
Prosecutors said all four teens had been drinking and smoking marijuana that night. On Highway 49 near Clover, Rose was driving nearly 70 miles an hour when he lost control of the car. It flew into the air, hit five trees, and spun like a helicopter blade. All four teens were thrown from the car to the ground. Disbrow was killed.
On Tuesday in court, Rose plead guilty to felony DUI causing death, two counts of felony DUI causing great bodily injury, and driving under suspension.
Judge Paul Birch said the most aggravating part of the case for him was that Rose had no driver's license at the time of the crash. It had been suspended three weeks earlier for a DUI charge in Chester County.
Rose even admitted he had been driving around on back roads so police wouldn't catch him.
"Why did you drive? You knew your license was suspended," Birch asked Rose in court. "You don't have to answer that," he added.
Public Defender Harry Dest tried to point out that though Rose was behind the wheel, all four teens made mistakes that night.
"Everyone had been drinking, everyone had been smoking, and they were doing it for a substantial period of time." Dest said Rose had to live knowing that he killed the woman he loved.
Disbrow's mother and father also spoke in court. Her father, Richard Disbrow, spoke about all the memories with his daughter he'll never get to enjoy.
"She was daddy's girl. I spent a lot of time with her," he said. "I can't tell ya how much I miss her, how much I wanted to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day, have grandchildren."
Her mother, Kim Disbrow, became emotional talking about how her life is now at a standstill.
"I cannot think straight or function. It's like there's no reality anymore. Everything is like a vision that doesn't seem real," she said.
Clarissa Disbrow had just graduated from Clover High School, and was making plans for her future. Rose said he was sorry to the families of the other teens who were with him.
"I take full responsibility for my actions, and can only ask for your forgiveness and mercy. Even though I may not receive it here today, or ever at all," Rose said.
Both the prosecutors and the defense agreed on a sentence cap of 10 years. Birch sentenced Rose to eight.
Out on Highway 49 at the crash scene, there is a large roadside memorial with flowers, stuffed animals, pictures and letters. Nailed to a tree is a large sign that says "Clarissa." All around the memorial you can still see grim reminders of the deadly crash -- splintered trees and car parts in the woods.
For four families, the evidence of that night is a scar deeper than the slash marks on the trees here.
"To lose my daughter, my best friend, my child, my world has turned upside down," Kim Disbrow said.