- WBBH/WZVN (Waterman Broadcasting)
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The man accused of hitting and killing Layla Aiken last March will spend two years in prison.
Following two years in prison, Hetherington will be required to serve two years of community control, similar to house arrest, followed by two years of state probation. His license will be suspended for one year.
Hetherington was arrested two months after Aiken's death. Investigators believe he hit her with his truck while she was waiting for the bus stop, then kept driving.
In a text message, Kathleen Redman, Layla's mother, said "I can tell you her father and I are satisfied with the plea deal," and "We CHOSE this together because this [is] about justice for Layla."
Hetherington never turned himself in.
According to discovery documents, while he was being questioned by police he "did not cooperate" and said his lawyer told him not to talk to police because "they would twist his words."
Layla was 8 years old. Her two brothers were at the bus stop with her when she was hit.
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