JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The man who pled guilty to driving his car into an Englewood home and killing a 17-year-old Wolfson High School student was sentenced to twelve years in prison this morning at the Duval County Courthouse in front of Judge Suzanne Bass.
Many of JaNay Jackson's friends and family, including her parents and brother, were in attendance to hear the fate of Ismet Sijamhodzic.
"I'm just tired. I'm just worn out," says her mother Felicia.
She says she thinks a lot about the word 'closure' and doesn't think there can ever really be closure for her and her family even though the judicial portion of this ordeal is over. She says the pain is still very real.
"It never goes away. It's like crying all day, just...it's just hard. It's just very hard."
JaNay's father Gerald says he's content with the sentence Sijamhodzic received but it does little to fill the hole in his heart.
"Satisfied but at the same time it does nothing. JaNay is still gone."
He says he and his family hold on to the hope that they will see her again one day and be able to enjoy her the way they used to, and maybe in an even better state. JaNay's brother Talbert says he's feeling a mixed range of emotions and it's hard to pinpoint just one.
"Driving back and forth from Gainesville for something that could have been avoided altogether? It's just not a good feeling, it's not a good vibe."
Sijamhodzic pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and during court testimony did not deny being responsible for Jackson’s death. Test results showed Xanax and marijuana in his system when the crash happened. Sijamhodzic says he thought the pill he took was a legal painkiller and denies ever smoking pot.
An addiction specialist who spent several with him after the crash says Sijamhodzic suffers from PTSD and depression that stem from being held in a Bosnian concentration camp for 11 months in the early 1990s.