A Charlotte woman who hit and killed a man will spend less than a year in prison.
Raquel Mallory and the victim, Ricky Neal, were drinking at the time of the north Charlotte vehicle crash nearly a year ago.
Mallory cried as she apologized to the family.
Neal's family said they aren't satisfied with Thursday's outcome.
It was emotional for both sides in court. The victim's family was in tears as the defendant turned to address them and offered a tearful apology. The victim's sister told Channel 9 the sentencing was not justice.
Rosaline Neal described her older brother as a comedian, someone who would get along with anyone. Neal said she's not happy with the eight-month sentence. She expected Mallory to have to serve more time.
"She was driving, and just, ran over my brother," Rosaline Neal said.
The accident happened on Beatties Ford Road at LaSalle Street around 3 a.m. last July. As Neal crossed the street, prosecutors said he was hit by Mallory's PT Cruiser.
He died at Carolina Medical Center. Neal was 47 years old.
Inside the court room, Mallory, who is a mother of three, turned to the Neal family and told them she's sorry and she wishes she could bring their loved one back.
The Neal family said they will just have to deal with the judge's ruling. Sobbing, Rosaline Neal shared a message for her deceased brother: "Ricky I love you, I miss you."
Mallory will serve a minimum of eight months and have three years of probation. She will also have to pay almost $17,000 in restitution.