A year and a day after a Monongalia County Sheriff's Deputy was killed in the line of duty, the man convicted of his murder was sentenced in Greene County, Pa.
A judge sentenced Jerod Green to 25 to 50 years in prison after being found guilty of third degree murder in the death of Sergeant Todd May on Tuesday.
May was working a DUI patrol, and assisted in a pursuit of Green that lead deputies into Pennsylvania when Green struck his cruiser.
A jury convicted Green of third degree murder, DUI, vehicular homicide, vehicular homicide while DUI, fleeing, speeding, and other traffic violations.
Todd May's brother, Frank May, read a statement to the court Tuesday. He said the impact of Todd May's death on the May family is "immeasurable." He also listed all of the chances that Green had to change his behavior, but didn't.
"We all make choices and Mr. Green made his choice," Greene Co. Attorney General Marjorie Fox said after the hearing. "Unfortunately, Sgt. May had no choice because as a police officer, his choice is only to protect us."
The judge told Green his actions showed that it was inevitable that Green would kill himself or someone else and the only way to protect people was to make sure Green would be out of society for "a long, long time."
Green briefly spoke to the courtroom Tuesday, only saying that he wanted to tell the May family that he's sorry for their loss.
Frank May asked the court to impose the maximum sentence and show that the laws can protect law enforcement officers.
"We're happy with the sentence," May said after the hearing. "We need to send a clear message that nothing's going to bring my brother back but we have to protect our law enforcement, our emergency responders and today, we did that and we got a murderer off the streets."
"In this situation you never have closure, total closure," Monongalia County Sheriff Al Kisner said, "because whatever the sentence was is, what it was and we understand that under the guidelines that the judge sentenced pretty much the maximum that he was allowed to by code and we appreciate that."
Frank May added that his family thanks the community for its support over the last year, and that his brother has kept giving even after his death, because he was an organ donor.
Even if Green completes his sentence in Pennsylvania, he may face more time in West Virginia.
Sheriff Kisner said Monongalia County and Greene County attorneys are making arrangements to transfer Green back to West Virginia at an "appropriate time" so that he can stand trial on the charges of third offense DUI, fleeing and other traffic violations stemming from the incidents of that night.
Green's attorney made no comment after the hearing.
Green can appeal the case to Pennsylvania Superior Court within 30 days.