A Hartford man was sentenced to at least eight years in prison after a hit-and-run crash that killed a young boy.
Christian Bordelies, 20, pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and evading responsibility in connection with the 2011 hit-and-run.
On that night two years ago, Bordelies admitted he was on his way to get high on marijuana at the time when he hit and killed a 3-year-old boy inside Pope Park.
Police said after the incident, Bordelies, who was driving without a license, jumped out of the car and ran.
The child, Joseph Ortiz-Resto, died at the hospital.
Ortiz-Resto was having a picnic with family in Pope Park, when he ran into the road.
"It's something I think about every day," said Bordelies, while wiping tears away from his eyes. "I wake up in a nightmare everyday."
This tragedy was Bordelies first run-in with the law, but it wouldn't be his last.
In February, he was ready to accept a plea deal, only to be arrested while out on bond. Police said he took a gun from his friend after witnessing his murder.
Now, with those charges piled on to his hit and run, Bordelies' sentence grew to 15 years with the possibility of probation after eight.
The victim's mother Iris Resto said her son "deserves justice."
"Realize how hurtful it is for me to go to the cemetery, or even to Pope Park to see my child," she said. "It hurts."
Bordelies addressed Resto's family for the first time.
"I just want to say I'm sorry to the victim's family from the bottom of my heart," said Bordelies, who did not face the victim's family.
Iris Resto wanted to know how the state could trade her son's life for an 8- to 15-year sentence.
"I don't want to be bothered by him, or his family because those words aren't going to bring my kid back," she said.
The state told Eyewitness News because her son ran into the road, they couldn't get a tougher punishment.
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