Boy and his dog killed by DUI hit and run driver; driver gets 2 years in prison and $420 fine

BAKERSFIELD-- 25-year-old Dennis Ozaeta was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison and a $420 fine for the death of 13-year-old Israel Medina.

The California Highway Patrol says Medina was being pulled on his scooter by his dog when Ozaeta hit and killed both the boy and his German Shepherd, Bella, on June 24th, 2012.

Ozaeta left the scene and officers later found him at his home.

The Medina family says two years in prison isn't enough.

"It was unfair, not enough justice,” said Connie Medina, Israel's mother. “Two years is nothing for him for taking my boy(‘s) life away. I do not think it was enough justice for him (or) for me."

Investigators say Ozaeta was legally drunk at the time of the crash. He had two children in the backseat of his car and had a prior misdemeanor for hit-and-run.

There was discussion of Ozaeta getting probation, but the judge said due to the severity of the crime and a prior misdemeanor, prison time was in order.

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