HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - Two years to the day after a man ran down and killed his pregnant girlfriend, a plea deal will keep him from serving decades in prison.
Brian Feltman cut a deal with prosecutors in the middle of his murder trial this week.
The victim’s family told Channel 2’s Carl Willis their furious about the sentence.
Lawrence Pope lost his daughter Meghann almost two years ago. She was four months pregnant when she was hit and killed as she walked in a Locust Grove neighborhood. Authorities say the driver was her boyfriend, Feltman.
"He murdered my daughter and he got away with it," Pope said.
Pope says his daughter was in an abusive relationship and certain witnesses agreed.
Feltman was eventually charged with felony murder, vehicular homicide and feticide.
His day in court finally came. But on Tuesday after the state rested, the Henry County District Attorney offered a plea deal for the lesser charges.
"We pleaded with the DA. We will take any verdict the jury gives us do not plead with this man," Pope said.
In a statement the district attorney wrote,"the felony murder count of the indictment was based entirely upon circumstantial evidence. At the conclusion of the state's case, I did not believe that the state would be successful in obtaining a conviction on the felony murder count."
Instead of a possible life sentence, Feltman was sentenced to seven years minus time served.
"His mom and dad can hug him in six years. In six years I won't be hugging my daughter, unless I’m dead," Pope said.
Pope says certain phone recordings and text messages were not submitted in the state's case. He says his biggest regret is that he never got to testify for his daughter.
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