Driver sentenced for crash that killed UW student

CREATED Jun 4, 2012 - UPDATED: Jun 4, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - A judge sentenced 34-year-old Johnny Jones to serve his next 15 years in prison for causing a deadly crash in 2009, then running away.  The crash killed a University of Wisconsin student.

"I'm sorry," Jones said in court.  "This wasn't supposed to happen.  I'm sorry."

Jones' family was in court to hear harsh words from Judge David Borowski.

"He is a danger to this community," Borowski said during sentencing.  "He is not a good father.  He is not a good role model to his children."

Police attempted to pull over Jones' SUV on December 31, 2009.  Jones sped away, ran a stop sign and slammed into a couple's car.  Shanica Adkins was in that car with her high school sweetheart.  Shanica died.  Her boyfriend, Donta Brown, suffered brain damage. 

"Shanica, her being my best friend, somebody I could always open up and talk to with no problem.  Someone always there, no matter what's going on," Brown told reporters after court Monday.

Shanica was just 21 years old.  She studied social work at U-W Madison.  Shanica was a sister, volunteer and role model on her way to visit family over the holidays.  She died in the crash before she could get there.

"She was like my best friend, my first born child.  We were close," her mother, Kimberly Wade, said.
Jones faces penalties for a different crime and, with the combined sentences, may not get out of prison until his mid 50s.