|SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A central Illinois man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed his 7-year-old daughter.
Paul Carlson of Petersburg tearfully told a Springfield court that he loved his daughter, Kealy Carlson, "more than words can express."
In the 2011 crash, the 28-year-old's Jeep went down an embankment and into a ditch. He was found guilty of aggravated DUI.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that Friday's sentence included two years of mandatory supervised release.
A relative of the victim's mother says the family was satisfied with the punishment.
Carlson's attorney, Tim Timoney, says his client is an alcoholic and "if he could go back and have it be him instead of her ... he would offer to do that any time."