It was a trying day for the Carney and Wagar familiesFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- It was a trying day for the Carney and Wagar families.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- It was a trying day for the Carney and Wagar families.
After months of waiting for a sentence, there was a delay in the courtroom this morning.
The courtroom was filled with emotion as Kullen Carney learned his fate. The family of Austin Wagar says the sentencing is another stepping stone to moving forward, it's been nearly a year since Austin's sudden death.
Heath Wagar- Austin's Father: "To say that justice is served here today would be hard."
Jamie Olson- Austin's Mother: "Not until I really see some true remorse from Kullen Carney. We didn't even really see it in the courtroom, he didn't turn to us."
However, Carney did apologize during sentencing saying quote, "Words can not explain how sorry I am for you loss. I never meant for any of this to happen" end quote.
17-year old Austin Wagar was a passenger in the car driven by Carney - August 9th.
Court documents says Carney was driving 88 miles per hour on a gravel road when another vehicle turned out in front of him. He lost control and hit a ditch embankment.
During sentencing Wagar's mom, Jamie Olson, reflected how they'd been car shopping earlier in the day - and what IF she had bought Austin a car. He never would have been riding with Carney that evening saying QUOTE - carney's decisions cost my son his life" end quote.
There would be a delay this morning as both families waited for the sentencing.
Rochelle Metzger- Austin's Aunt: "We sat there with out emotions running wild"
Judge Steven Cahill was on vacation this week and showed up to court 40 minutes late.
Metzger: "It was just really hurtful of him to do that today on this difficult day for our family."
As the family moves forward they have plans in place to remember their only son.
Try to start a nonprofit for Austin - just to keep his memory alive and hope to give back to the community as well.
Olson says they hope to help kids learn how to play soccer or a musical instrument, something they wouldn't be able to afford on their own.
If Carney violates the conditions of his sentence, he will face time behind bars.