- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - An appeals court has upheld a 2-to-5-year prison sentence for a man who admitted leaving the scene of a crash that killed a child in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Thomas Letteer Jr. had appealed the sentence saying it was vindictive and that the judge considered factors he shouldn’t have during sentencing.

Letteer pleaded guilty to leaving the scene after hitting 5-year-old Kevin Miller in Wilkes-Barre.

But he said his sentencing did not require evidence that he was intoxicated and should’ve received a lesser sentence.

The state Superior Court dismissed the appeal Friday noting that Letteer’s “deceitful and untruthful” statements to police were indicative of his capability of rehabilitation.

After Kevin’s death, his family led calls to change Pennsylvania’s hit-and-run law.

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