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Driver of van that killed teen sentenced

Contributor: Brittany Jones

Reported by: Leslie Coursey
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Updated: 11/14/2013 6:30 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ismet Sljamhodzic, 51, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Sljamhodzic is convicted of slamming his van into a home, killing a Jacksonville teenager in her sleep.

Ismet Sljamhodzic, 51, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Sljamhodzic is convicted of slamming his van into a home, killing Wolfson High School student, Janay Jackson.

Jackson's parents said they're happy to close this chapter of their life. But it doesn't erase what happened at their home on Kennerly Road.

Father Gerald Jackson said, "We suffer and hurt."

It was August 2012 when Ismet Sijamhodzic, 51, crashed his van into Jackson's bedroom while she was sleeping. Investigators said he had marijuana and Xanax in his system at the time of the crash.

Gerald Jackson said, "We have to be responsible. And we have to think about our actions."

With the driver headed to prison, Jackson's parents said they will continue to heal, relying on their faith to help them through.

Mother Felicia Jackson said, "I'm just glad it's over. Glad that I don't have to deal with this anymore. Because we deal with so much. It hurts so much."

The 51-year old will also have three years of supervised drug offender probation. In addition to his prison sentence, Sljamhodzic has lost his driver's license for life and during probation he is prohibited from drinking or use drugs excluding over-the-counter drugs.

According to court records,Sljamhodzic has had several traffic offenses in the past. They include speeding, reckless driving and running a stop sign.












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