Family pleads with judge at sentencing hearing - - Jackson, MS

Family pleads with judge at sentencing hearing

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

In March of 2014, Tiffani Martin drunkenly rear-ended a car in south Jackson, killing 21-year-old Joshua Hardin. 

"He made such a difference. He had no prejudice, he had no tolerance for anybody that did. He had friends of every color, every race, every nationality. People like that change the world. And now he's gone," said Linda Cook, Joshua Hardin's Grandmother. 

"I am more than sorry and I take full responsibility for my part in this. And I just pray that you will all forgive me," said Martin.

For Josh's family, the pain of that night still echoes: something they say will never truly go away. His grandmother read aloud an emotional letter to the judge, saying "He's gone. He's just gone. Ripped away from us. This didn't have to happen."

Wednesday, Judge Tommy Green told Martin she'll be serving 15 years in prison, and another 5 on probation.

"Taking responsibility means you also have to take the sentence that goes with that," said Judge Green.

Josh's family said nothing can bring him back, but at the very least, this trial did bring a sense of closure.

"And I forgive her, I will not leave this Earth with anybody unforgiven," said Josh's mother, Marty Hardin. "So if she can know that, and it gives her some peace, I would be satisfied with that too."

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