Herman Chandler sentenced in drugged driving crash that killed James Fuller and Jairo Camelo
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JERSEY CITY - The families of two men killed by an admitted drugged driver in 2012 gave emotional testimony during a sentencing hearing Thursday.
Relatives of both James Fuller and Jairo Camelo made victim impact statements in an effort to ensure 36-year-old Herman Chandler received the maximum sentence for admitting to driving while high on PCP.
Chandler slammed into a taxi, killing the two men - one in the cab and the other walking nearby. Both were husbands and fathers.
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"No man can ever replace my dad and I can't even say goodbye," Sara Fuller told the court.
Both wives spoke of the loss of their husbands. "He didn't deserve it," said Semra Camelo. "We didn't deserve to go through the nightmare that never ends."
James Fuller's wife Debra cried as she addressed the court. "I don't have him coming home anymore... he can't kiss me, he can't hug me," she said.
Members of Chandler's family also spoke up and pleaded for leniency. The defendant apologized. "I would never want to put anyone through that again," he said.
Judge Lisa Rose sentenced Chandler to the maximum 15 years in prison for each death, for a total of 30 years.
"This was a senseless act underscoring the harm that the use of drugs and driving doesn't mix," said Rose.
Under his plea deal, Herman Chandler will have to serve at least 85 percent of his 30-year sentence.