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Duo sentenced after street racing death in Ottawa Co.
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Two people, accused of a deadly hit and run in Ottawa County learned their fate.
Jeremie Collins and Maly Phongsavanh were both sentenced to 6 months in prison and 3 years of probation on Monday.
Investigators say the two were street racing outside the "Itty Bitty Bar" on Ottawa Beach Road on Easter Sunday when both of their cars hit 24-year-old Josh Owens as he was crossing the street.
Police say they left the scene and Owens died from his injuries.
The first person to be sentenced was Jeremie Collins, who told the court he accepted responsibility.
"I'd like to apologize to the family I caused so much heartaches and sorrow, I know that there's nothing I can do or say that can change the events that happened on that day. I would give anything to take back any of the events that happened," Collins said.
His attorney Michael Boyle told the judge that Collins has been in rehab for six months and was committed to being a better person going forward.
"We are here because he lacked the courage and he lacked the character to do what was right, to do what the law tells him to do. And for the past 6 months he has worked on developing that courage and that character," Boyle said.
Owens was out celebrating his wife's birthday and was crossing the street to use an ATM when he was hit.
When she was being sentenced Phongsavanh said only that she apologized to the Owens family.