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Six years for drunk driver who killed teen

Micah Pelton apologized in Snohomish County court for the death of 16-year-old Janelle Cooper.

Video: Mother faces DUI driver who killed her daughter

EVERETT, Wash. - A mother faced the drunk driver who killed her daughter as he was sentenced to six years in prison Monday.

"My ears will never again hear the squeal of joy in her voice when I wake her up whispering, 'Janelle, it's snowing,'" said Coleen Cooper.

Last May, 16-year-old Janelle Cooper and her friend Brooke Scheer were out for a late night walk.

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Thirty-three-year-old Micah Pelton had just left a bar. At an intersection, he revved his engine and fishtailed around a corner. Police say Pelton smashed against the curb, went flying out into the road and then came careening into a jersey barrier where he smashed into Janelle and Brooke.

Janelle was killed. Brooke was critically injured.

A blood alcohol test revealed Pelton was 1.5 times the legal limit.

Pelton, who pleaded guilty, apologized.

"The guilt that I carry is at times unbearable," said Pelton.

"He has a lot of time to sit and think about it right now because that's apparently what he needs," said Cooper.

Pelton was arrested in the past for suspicion of DUI and, in the time between the crash and Monday's sentencing, has received three traffic tickets.

"He's not a bad guy. He's a guy with a bad disease. Alcoholism," said Pelton's co-worker Andrew Sanchez.

Cooper says it proves it's time to get tougher on drunk drivers and spare others the pain she's endured.

"I don't want anything more negative to come from this. I want positive," said Cooper.

Pelton was also ordered to pay restitution for Brooke's Scheer's medical bills. She is still in pain and has memory loss.