Motorist sentenced to prison in bicyclist's death -

Motorist sentenced to prison in bicyclist's death

CARLYLE, Ill. (AP) -- A southern Illinois motorist has been sentenced to nine years in prison for the death of a California man who was bicycling across the country to protest government bailouts.

Twenty-eight-year-old Leon Marcum of Centralia was sentenced last week in Clinton County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to driving under the influence and leaving an accident scene.

Authorities say Marcum hit and killed 65-year-old cyclist Jim Gafney of Chula Vista, Calif., last June on old U.S. 50 near Sandoval.

During the sentencing hearing, Marcum apologetically and tearfully told Gafney's wife and daughter that his actions were foolish, and asked for their forgiveness.

Marcum also was fined $5,000.

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