A 9.5-year prison term was imposed Friday, November 4 for an alcohol-involved traffic accident in Lake Havasu City. Nicholas Hasson, 23, Lake Havasu, previously pleaded guilty to DUI, unlawful use of means of transportation and manslaughter in the January, 19 death of Joseph Morgan, 62, also of Lake Havasu.
Morgan, a local school district electrician, was on his way to work when his vehicle was t-boned at the intersection of S. Palo Verde and N. Acoma Boulevard just before 6:00 a.m. Police said Hasson did not have permission to use his brother's vehicle and that he was intoxicated whiled driving through a red light at 80 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone.
The victim's relatives described Morgan as a consummate family man who was killed eight months before his 40th anniversary and two years before retirement.
``He was the finest human being I've ever had the privilege of knowing," said Matt Kelly, Morgan's brother-in-law. He said it's Morgan's wife Mary who suffers the most, tracing back when to the moment when police brought word of her husband's death along with his wallet.
``My world stopped," Mary Morgan told the Court. ``My husband, my friend was dead."
Hasson told Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steve Conn that he is remorseful and willing to accept deserved punishment.
``I'm sick to my stomach every day I wake up," Hasson said. ``And I deeply apologize to the family."
Judge Conn's sentence, was six months short of the maximum he could have imposed under limitations of the plea agreement. He also ordered that Hasson is responsible for restitution totaling $27,000.