MANCHESTER, Ky. (WYMT) - The Clay County Circuit Courtroom was filled with tears Monday afternoon.
A man who pleaded guilty to killing five people in a crash on the Hal Rogers Parkway was sentenced on Monday. The crash happened in 2015.
Jason Gibson was sentenced to 30 years.
"My mother had strong Christian faith and I know that I have to forgive him for my own salvation,” said Chasity Collett.
Collett’s mother, Charlene Lewis, was one of the victims of the crash. The other lives lost that day were Tiffany Williams, her son Kyson, her unborn child, and Judy Pennington-Adams.
"He got 30 years and we got life. We have to spend the rest of our lives wondering and grieving,” said Collett.
Collett and others told Gibson how the crash impacted their lives in court. He avoided making eye contact.
"Even though you took her life because of a careless decision, she would forgive you because that is the type of person she was,” said Collett in her statement.
Collett struggled with forgiving Gibson.
"That was the hardest thing that I've ever had to do in my life and I still question it but I know that it is the right thing to do,” said Collett.
There are still many hard days ahead for the victims' loved ones.
"Now it is time for the healing process to start,” said Collett.
Gibson is eligible for parole after he serves 20 years.