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Malibu fatal crash driver gets 15-years-to-life prison sentence

June 15, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The man who hit and killed a young girl along Pacific Coast Highway will spend more years in prison than she lived in her entire lifetime.

Sina Khankhanian has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the 2010 crash that killed Emily Shane. He'll be eligible for parole after those 15 years.

Khankhanian was convicted May 17 of second-degree murder for the 2010 death of the 13-year-old girl.

She was walking up Pacific Coast Highway when Khankhanian veered his car off the road, killing the Malibu eighth-grader.

"He took my little sister. He took one of the only things that matters in my family, and he destroyed mine," said Leigh Shane at the sentencing hearing.

Prosecutors say Khankhanian was suicidal over losing his job and problems with his girlfriend. Prosecutors argued he was speeding on PCH for 17 miles when he intentionally struck the teen, who was walking along the street.

On Friday, Khankhanian issued his first apology in court, and told the judge he was coping with his autism diagnosis.

"My sincerest condolences go out to Emily's family," he said.

He requested being placed in a psychiatric facility, but the judge said she believed Khankhanian was well aware of his actions. He showed no reaction to receiving the maximum penalty. Khankhanian will get credit for the 803 days he's already served in jail. The earliest he will be eligible for parole is in about 13 years.

The Shane family says they're now ready to move forward - it's what they believe Emily would want them to do.

The teen's family has turned her death into hope for other people in trouble.

A family friend named a robotic lifeguard he invented after Shane. It is now being tested by Los Angeles County lifeguards.


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