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Chesterfield teen sentenced for deadly drunk driving crash

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - This is the second time Jose Martinez has been sentenced, but the victim's family thinks the judge still got it wrong. 

Martinez won't go home for five years. He'll spend the next three years in a juvenile facility. He'll then be transferred to an adult penitentiary for two years after he turns 21.

Prosecutors say Martinez was drunk when he drove the wrong way on the Powhite Parkway back in March.

He slammed into another car, killing two close friends.

Ballout Said's son Sammer was one of the men killed that night.

He says this sentence sets a bad example for other teenagers about the consequences of drinking and driving.

"We need education for the other kids," Said said. "Not everyone likes to go get drunk, kill people and get six years in jail."

Martinez's family and attorney had no comment after court Thursday afternoon.

Martinez told police he drank about half a dozen shots of tequila the night of the crash. He also told investigators he was on his cell phone with his girlfriend at the time of the accident.

Martinez's sentence Thursday is the same one he received earlier this month. At the time, prosecutors said the sentence was unlawful. They wanted Martinez to go straight to prison, not a juvenile facility.

The commonwealth's attorney admitted Thursday the judge had been right all along.

Still, the victim's family says no sentence will ever right this wrong.

"He's not going to bring our children back," Said said. "My children are not coming back."

Sammer's family says he recently was accepted into med school at VCU.

His family says this sentence doesn't bring closure for the daughter Sammer left behind.

"She knows her father is an angel and that's it," he said.

Martinez did not say anything in court before his sentence was read. He didn't look at his family and friends in the courtroom as he was led away in handcuffs.

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