Driver gets 15 years after Bellevue woman killed when car crashes into condo

Michael Harris (Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man who crashed his car into a Bellevue condo and killed a 71-year-old woman pleaded guilty in a Nashville courtroom Thursday.

Michael Harris, 28, was sentenced to 15 years in prison to be served at 60 percent after he was charged with vehicular homicide in the case.

The sentencing comes after he slammed into Bobbie Ann Lafollette’s condo off George Patton Road in August 2016. Lafollette, who was asleep on the couch at the time, was killed.

During Thursday’s plea hearing, Harris read a tearful apology to the victim’s family, who became emotional in response.

“I do not think the word ‘sorry’ fits into this station. It is incredibly deeper and more profound than that,” part of his letter said. “I would do anything I could to take back the events that happened that night. I would give anything, and ask that you please believe that.”

“I pray God takes your pain and puts it on my shoulders,” Harris also told the family, later adding, “As I look in the mirror today and reflect back on that person I was, I realize just how incredibly selfish I was. It never crossed my mind that drinking and driving was an incredibly selfish act.”

Hear his full apology in the video above.