GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- A man who has pleaded guilty to the hit-and-run death of a 13-year-old was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday.
Anthony Michael Margadonna, 23, of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty in November to a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident which killed 13-year-old Brien Andrew Alvezios. Judge Lester also ordered Margadonna to serve 10 years of drug offender probation.
"I don't think it was fair, I really don't. My son was killed, I will never have him again and that man will only do five years it is not right," said Brien's mother Jenny Alvezcios.
According to Defense Attorney Robert Shafer, Margadonna did not have much of a reaction to the sentence.
"He had no comment afterward. We had prepared him for basically anything and I think it is important that everybody understand he was never accused of causing this child's death," Shafer said.
Judge Lester said a major factor in his sentencing decision was that Margadonna was not charged with Brien's death. Margadonna was only charged and plead guilty to felony leaving the scene.
Alvezios, of Orange Park,
was riding his bike Nov. 26, 2011 when he was struck and killed by a
hit-and-run driver. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the
Wilkinson Junior High School student was heading north on Brannan Field
Road, just south of Trail Ridge Road in Clay County, around 9:40 p.m.
when a vehicle struck and killed him.
Margadonna was arrested Dec. 29, 2011.
Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Leeper said just after the incident that investigators
thought the vehicle involved was a Jeep Grand Cherokee, a 2005-2010
Shortly after that announcement, police said an individual reported a
similar vehicle on Blanding Boulevard around Middleburg, and called the
Clay County Sheriff's Office.
Margadonna, who was driving a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was pulled over by CCSO, which alerted FHP. FHP seized the vehicle.
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A CCSO report said when he was pulled over Margadonna "displayed
obvious signs of nervousness." When he was placed in a patrol car, an
FHP sergeant "observed the suspect throw something under the right front
seat, which revealed a piece of his vehicles (sic) headlight."
Another piece of the headlight was found in Margadonna's front pocket, the report said.
It was taken to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement crime lab
which determined it was the same vehicle involved in the hit-and-run.
According to Duval County records, Margadonna was cited for traffic infractions, mostly non-moving, dating back to 2007.
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