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Driver who killed Jordan Parsons sentenced to 10 years in prison for DUI manslaughter

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Punishment has been handed down in the untimely death of Jordan Parsons.

Per The Palm Beach Post, Dennis Michael Wright was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter for his involvement in the May 1, 2016, hit-and-run incident in Delray Beach, Fla., that resulted in Parson’s undergoing multiple surgeries and an amputation of his right leg before succumbing to his injuries three days later.

Upon completion of his sentence, Wright, 31, will be on probation for an additional 10 years, is forbidden from consuming alcohol, and he will undergo substance-abuse treatment.

Wright will also be required to always keep a photo of Parsons with him.

The day after Parsons was hit, Wright claims he had no recollection of the incident due to being intoxicated and only discovered that his vehicle was involved when he had a roommate take it to a body shop, where a mechanic realized that it had hit someone. Wright was later arrested and charged with DUI manslaughter on May 7, 2016.

In addition to pleading guilty, Wright was required to offer his recollection of the events of the evening back in May 2016 that led to the fatal collision. He described a day in Jupiter, Fla., drinking all day with friends before settling in at a bar in Delray Beach, where he continued to drink alcohol along with his roommate.

He attempted to drive home afterwards and would end up striking Parsons with his vehicle. Wright thought he had hit a street sign or the curb, and proceeded to drive back to his house.

In his testimony, he took full responsibility for Parsons’s death.

“I know without a doubt if I had been driving with a proper license, within the speed limit and sober, I know Mr. Parsons would have been alive today,” Wright said, according to The Palm Beach Post.

At the time of his death, Parsons was an active MMA fighter competing for Bellator. His pro MMA record was 11-2.

Parsons was 25 years old at the time of his death.