It took jurors four hours to find Chester Jones Jr. guilty of DWI, second-degree murder and driving with a revoked license.
Bill Harrington, 84, of Erwin, died when Jones' car crossed the center line and hit him. The collision happened just outside the Cumberland County line in January 2001.
Tests showed Jones had seven different drugs in his system when the crash occured.
"I did not get a fair trial. My lawyer didn't do a good job on my case," Jones said.
Harrington's family said justice was served.
"He snuffed out my dad's life. Let him know that," said Martha Harrington, the victim's daughter.
The judge sentenced Jones to 26 years in prison.
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