Man Convicted in Retired Officer’s Deadly Hit and Run Gets Maximum Sentence

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The man convicted of a hit-and-run that killed a retired Stockton police investigator received a maximum sentence of four years Wednesday.

Sergio Chavira, 57, was arrested in December 2014, just days after he hit and killed Jimmy Pendergrass.

Pendergrass was once a full-time traffic investigator for the Stockton Police Department. Before his death, he had been working part-time in background investigations.

Dozens of loved ones read impact statements at Chavira's sentencing.

"I’m being forced to grow up in the real world without him," Pendergrass' granddaughter, Faith, told Chavira. "I don’t think you understand the pain you’ve put my family and I through and I also don’t think you care what you have done to us."

"I accept (the prison sentence) because it's the law of the land ... should he get more? Absolutely," the victim's son, Brian Pendergrass, said.


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