(TOWNSEND) Two families touched by a single tragedy were in the same courtroom on Friday for a sentence in a fatal crash.
Asad Khan, the driver of a semi-truck that crashed head-on into a pickup east of Helena on Highway 12 in 2015, was sentenced in Broadwater County District Court Friday morning.
Greg McFerrin, the driver of the pickup, died at the scene.
Khan was driving on the wrong side of the road and talking on a cell-phone at the time of the crash.
Judge James Reynolds sentenced Khan to 12-years at the Montana State Prison, all suspended, citing the fact that Khan had no criminal record and was not under the influence at the time of the crash.
McFherrin’s daughter told the court that her father’s death has left her family broken forever.
Khan’s sister-in-law and wife also spoke in court, asking forgiveness of the McFherrin family.
Khan, who broke down in tears several times during the two-hour hearing, also addressed the McPherrin family, saying he regrets his actions that day, saying, please forgive me for the grief I have caused you.
As part of his sentence, Khan must pay more than $13,000 restitution and his drivers license has been suspended for three years.
Reporter: Dennis Carlson