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Man who hit and killed Spokane woman on sidewalk last summer sentenced to 51 months

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The scene where Marla Langley was hit and killed last summer The scene where Marla Langley was hit and killed last summer
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The man who hit and killed a 68-year-old grandmother on North Ruby last summer was sentenced to more than four years in prison on Monday. 

Brandon Pratt was under the influence of the synthetic drug known as "spice" last summer when he veered his SUV onto the sidewalk and hit 68-year-old Marla Langley, who was pushing her great-grandson in a stroller at the time. The child was not hurt. Langley's family believes she picked up the 2-year-old from his stroller and tossed him out of the way. He survived with only cuts and scrapes. 

In a deal with prosecutors, Pratt pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular homicide, which carries a standard sentencing range of only 21-27 months, however the defense and prosecution agreed to add two years because Pratt was under the influence. 

Pratt read a letter to a courtroom full of Langley's friends and relatives and said he was "truly sorry" for her death. 

Pratt told Spokane Police officers he had smoked marijuana earlier int he day and taken a hit of spice, but neither drug was detected in his blood. Pratt has a previous DUI conviction and although he pleaded not guilty weeks after the crash, he admitted Monday to being under the influence and accepted the longer sentence. Pratt, who was 34 at the time of the crash has a 21-year criminal history that includes car thefts, drugs, reckless driving, DUI, assault,robbery and weapons charges. 

After accepting the plea, Judge Triplet sentenced Pratt to 51 months in prison and ordered him to reimburse the state for the cost of Langley's funeral, which was about $4500. 

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