An Auburn man convicted of causing the car wreck that killed his good friend last year was sentenced Thursday to more than 11 years in prison.
Brian Sicade, 23, previously pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude police and driving with a suspended license in the Feb. 4, 2013 crash that killed Victor Allen, 45.
Pierce County prosecutors said Sicade stole a Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Auburn then fled down Interstate 5 at speeds exceeding 100 mph with police in pursuit before losing control near the Port of Tacoma Road and crashing.
Wilson, who was along for the ride, was thrown free and later died.
Sicade had been drinking alcohol prior to the incident, court records show.
Deputy prosecutor Tim Jones originally filed a second-degree murder count against Sicade but agreed to a plea deal after further review of the evidence convinced him that charge would be difficult to prove, court records show.
Jones and defense attorney Edward DeCosta both recommended a sentence of 11 years, seven months for Sicade. That was in the middle of the standard range.
DeCosta told Judge Frank Cuthbertson that his client "is truly sorry" about his actions the night Wilson died and hopes to take advantage of prison programs to come out a better person.
"He wants to be a substance abuse counselor for kids," DeCosta said. "I think there are reasons to be hopeful."
Sicade did not make a statement in Pierce County Superior Court, instead handing up a letter that Cuthbertson read silently.
Cuthbertson accepted the agreed recommendation.