Snowplow Driver Sentenced

January 11, 2011 Updated Jan 11, 2011 at 2:38 PM EDT

By WKBW News

January 11, 2011 Updated Jan 11, 2011 at 2:38 PM EDT

It was an emotion filled courtroom today as a Buffalo city plow driver is sentenced for manslaughter.

Rowan Gaines received a one to three year sentence after pleading guilty to second degree manslaughter charges.

Gaines is a former Buffalo city plow driver who struck and killed a pedestrian while driving a plow under the influence of alcohol.

Gaines also didn't stop to help the pedestrian, claiming he didn't know he had hit anyone.

Gaines killed 42 year old Allen Michael Andrew on Kensington Avenue in January of 2009.

Gaines originally faced a number of other charges, but the judge agreed to drop those additional charges and set a maximum sentence of three years if he pled guilty to manslaughter.

Family and friends of both Gaines and Andrew filled the courtroom Tuesday.

Before sentencing, emotions were high as both the mother of the victim and Gaines spoke to the court.

Yvonne Andrew, the mother of the victim calmly stated, "He was there for me, and I loved my son...and feel so bad life was cut so short for him."

In tears, Gaines addressed his comments to Yvonne Andrew saying, "I wanted to see you and talk to you so I could tell you I'm sorry. There is no way that if I knew I hit a person I would keep driving. I wanted to talk to you one on one...I'm so sorry."

Gaines has never been in trouble with the law or otherwise, so his lawyer says he is certain that Gaines will be out in the minimum sentence of one year for good behavior.