Jayce Randall, 27, was sentenced Friday to six years, six months in prison for causing a March car wreck that killed Donovan Best, his 9-year-old nephew.
Relatives and Randall’s attorney said the defendant cherished the boy and taught him how to play badminton and baseball. Now Randall can’t sleep nights because of nightmares, defense attorney Michael Stewart said in Pierce County Superior Court on Friday.
“There is no one who can say harsher things about Mr. Randall than Mr. Randall himself,” Stewart told Judge Bryan Chushcoff during a sentencing hearing.
Randall was behind the wheel of a car that went out of control March 16 at the interchange between state Routes 16 and 302. Best was riding in the front seat and was not properly restrained, authorities said. He was thrown from the car and died.
Randall’s 8-year-old niece, who was riding in the back seat and wearing her seat belt, survived the crash.
Randall, who was injured in the wreck, later admitted that he “drank too much.” His blood-alcohol level after his arrest was 0.19, more than twice the legal limit, prosecutors said.
In the end, Chushcoff agreed to the joint recommendation of 78 months, but he admonished Randall to seek treatment for his anxiety disorder and drinking problem.