Man sentenced to 8+ years after striking veteran with car in Phoenix last April

Posted at 12:32 PM, Jan 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-04 22:31:38-05

The suspect in a hit-and-run that severely injured a veteran pled guilty at a court case on Wednesday.

Cody Gibson pled guilty to one count of aggravated assault after he struck a man with his car in April 2016.

Judge Sherry Stephens sentenced Gibson to 8 ½ years in prison.

Gibson said he was "sorry" for running down Steven Richardson, but said he didn’t know what else to do. 

 Richardson is a veteran who served two tours in Iraq.

Authorities say Richardson was trying to help a woman being dragged by her hair in an apparent domestic violence situation with Gibson.

Chandler police say Gibson allegedly hit Richardson at full speed; he suffered severe head injuries.