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Man Who Admitted to Killing a Bicyclist Sentenced to Year in Prison

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Feb 20 2013 08:20:42 PM CST
OROVILLE, Calif. -

A Durham man who admitted to hitting and killing a 61-year-old cyclist with his car back in November has been sentenced to jail time.

71-year-old Anton Mardesich did not stop after he hit Rick Magee, who was cycling in Durham.

The courtroom was packed with supporters from both sides and Magee's friends and family said they would liked to have seen a more severe punishment.

They had the chance to speak to the judge who would ultimately sentence Mardesich. They asked for six years in prison.

The defense argued that although Mardesich lied about hitting Magee to his insurance company and tried to hide the evidence, they felt it was fair to sentence Mardesich to probation.

The judge decided to give Mardesich a year in prison along with five years of probation.

Magee's friends say it's not sending a strong enough message.

"There's no way to make Rick whole again – he's gone,” said family-friend Steve Centanni.  “Money is not going to do it, time served in jail is not going to do it.  As a community we simply cannot tolerate this kind of inhumane behavior and we were hoping there would be a stronger sentence for that."

We asked Mardesich's family if they wanted to comment but they declined.  Maredsich will have to pay up to $50,000 in restitution fees.

Once Mardesich is out of jail, he will not be able to drive for the five years that he is on probation.  He will also have to complete 1,000 hours of community service.