Man who struck victim with SUV says he's 'extremely ashamed'

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BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- A man convicted of driving his SUV into a pedestrian crossing Chinden Boulevard last summer will spend the next year behind bars.

John French was sentenced Friday in state district court to one year in jail and 10 years probation after he's released from jail.

French, 19, of Meridian, previously pleaded guilty to hitting Alan Beavers with his SUV in August. Beavers, of Garden City, spent three months recovering in the hospital and just recently was able to go home.

"It was a crazy 95 days," Beavers told KBOI 2News last month.

French apologized in court for his "poor choices."

"The bottom line is I wasn't mature enough, wasn't man enough, to own up to my actions," French said. "I am deeply sorry -- I am extremely ashamed of what I did."

During the sentencing, Judge Patrick Owen told French that while he tried to cover up his crime, he was never going to get away with it.

"You swapped out the hood lickety split, you fixed your headlight lickety split, and three days later the knock was on your door. And you're done," Owen said.

Alan Beaver's mother told the court her family feels no ill will toward French.

"I don't feel hate toward him, I never did," Anita Beavers said. "His actions after he hit my son are frustrating to me because he thought more about himself than my son."