OGDEN -- Calling his behavior "appalling" and "shocking" in a crash that killed two as he fled police, a judge sentenced Mark Mora to a potential 30-year prison term Tuesday.
Mora was 17 at the time of the fiery collision April 22, 2009, at 28th Street and Washington Boulevard that killed Derek Jasper, 18, and Blake Strebel, 19.
Police had been pursuing Mora as a burglary suspect for 10 blocks at speeds of 40 mph when Mora suddenly accelerated and hit the intersection at 80 mph.
His blood-alcohol content at the time measured 0.14, well above the legal limit of 0.08.
"I hope you take to heart the forgiveness of the families of your victims," 2nd District Judge Michael Lyon said in announcing sentence after Jasper and Strebel family members, in remarkable statements, lamented their loss, but wished Mora well in prison.
"I wake up every morning knowing that I did this. ... I do want to say, for what it's worth, that with all my heart I'm sorry," Mora, now 19, raised his head at the podium to tell the court.
He had sat in shackles with his head down at the defense table as the families of his victims spoke.
Strebel's brother, Sean, said he pondered hard to find the good in the death of his younger brother.
"Life means more than ever before," he said. "Relationships are much deeper and more meaningful. I'm sure Blake is happy to see that."
Plenty of people have lived with more pain and for a longer time, he said. "But this is mine, so far. ... I live to honor Blake."
Mother Susan Strebel said she doubted there was anything such as closure to be gained from the sentencing of her son's killer.
"Maybe it will mean other families will finally not have to worry about what to say to us. But none of this will bring him back."
Instead, she said, she prefers to think about how Blake "would have wanted us to conduct ourselves ... without anger or bitterness."
"I wish Mark only better days," she said as she concluded her remarks, then added she was grateful for the opportunity "of loving and being loved."
Jasper's mother, Jennifer, talked of the still-lingering impact, amounting to post-traumatic stress disorder, from the 2 a.m. knock on her door by police who informed her of her son's death.
"I still hear knocking at my door in the middle of the night when I know no one is there. It still wakes me up."
Mora ran seven stop signs or traffic lights as he drove to elude police that night, said Deputy Weber County Attorney Chris Shaw.
Mora, who has a long juvenile record, had been released from his latest juvenile detention a month before the crash.
Shaw said that shows Mora is not a candidate for supervision and is why his office asked for consecutive one-to-15-year prison terms.
That was the sentence Lyon imposed, but the judge granted Mora credit for the 340 days he had already served in jail when he was unable to raise bail.