Marine sentenced for hit-and-run crash that injured college student

CREATED Nov. 5, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov. 5, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Douglas Davis wore an Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers jersey to the sentencing that will impact years of his life. 

As part of a probation sentence, Judge Charles Kahn ordered Davis to serve just four months in Milwaukee County corrections facilities with work and school release privileges.

Davis earlier plead guilty to a hit-and-run.  He admitted he drove off after striking Alverno College student Mai Kaw Xiong on Milwaukee's East Side. 

"Obviously I'm very disappointed in the court's decision," Xiong said in a written statement.  "Despite that, I'm ready to put this behind me and I'm looking forward to moving on with my life."

Xiong mustered the strength to speak in court.

"Physically, I'm fine because I was an athlete," Xiong said, wiping tears from her eyes.  "But to be heartbroken every single day since, do you know how angry that makes me?  To think, I literally almost died of a broken heart.  That hurts more."

This collision happened just months after Davis left Marine Corps active duty.  He offered an apology in front of the judge.

"I would like to personally apologize to the victim for my actions that night," Davis said.  "If I could change that I would.  I'm not a man of many words."

Judge Charles Kahn questioned the driver's sorrow.

"Mr. Davis you say you don't have many words," Kahn said.  "I'm not sure that's good enough."

John Moore, the attorney representing Davis, said his client suffered psychological trauma after witnessing a close Marine Corps friend die in a hit-and-run crash only one year ago.

Judge Kahn explained that because of the specific charge, he could only sentence Davis for leaving the crash scene and not for the injuries Mai Kaw Xiong suffered. 

The court stayed a sentence that includes three years prison and four years extended supervision.  Davis will not have to serve the prison term if he fulfills his county corrections time, maintains complete sobriety, performs community service, pays restitution and meets other requirements.

Moore said his client is on inactive Marine Corps reserve and would likely be withdrawn from the service because of the felony conviction.