The man who killed Christopher McCarthy in 2008 will spend six years in prison.
Timothy Hinkle pleaded guilty to Involuntary DUI Manslaughter last year.
On Tuesday, he was sentenced to ten years in prison with four years suspended in Rockingham County Circuit Court.
For McCarthy's family, justice could not have come at a more appropriate time.
"Vengeance has been paid, today, on the day he was born 53-years ago," said McCarthy's sister, Freda.
McCarthy's brother, Zachary, said he is proud of how they never gave up on justice.
"And we fought 'til the end. You know we never gave up. It was battle, battle, battle. You know he's looking down on us and proud of us for keeping his name," said Zachary.
The McCarthy family celebrated Christopher's birthday Tuesday after his killer was sentenced to prison. They gathered at the Grottoes Rescue Squad to remember their loved one.
Police say McCarthy was found lying on Route 340 near Grottoes in August, 2008.
He had several injuries and died a few days later.
Investigators arrested and charged Hinkle with the crime. He was initially charged with second degree murder before the charge was amended.
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