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Man injured by drunk driver upset by sentence

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On December 7, 2013, Mike Lemon was driving to Wendys to get his kids some Frostys from Wendy's, when life as he knew it was shattered.

He tells 13abc, "My first memory was several days later when i woke up in the hospital."

Lemon was hit by a drunk driver. Rescuers had to use the jaws of life to get him out of the car.  
After several surgeries to repair multiple injuries....Lemon is still trying to get used to his new life.

At 32, He walks with a limp and finds it difficult to sleep through the pain.  He knows he may never be able to run after his small children. He tells 13abc, "My orthopedic surgeon told me by the time i'm 40 i will need a knee replacement in my right knee."

This week, Lucas County Judge James Bates sentenced the driver Eric Peterson to 3 years behind bars.

His license was also suspended for 5 years.  Lemon is disappointed in the sentence.

"I had asked for the maximum 5 year sentence with a 10 year license suspension...I don't think justice was done with the length of sentence."

"Unfortunately He will be on the streets and quite possible back to his old ways before i get a knee replacement and deal with all of the injuries he has caused. "

The husband and father of three just wants his life back, a life without pain and a life with a paycheck.

Lemon hasn't been able to support his family since the accident, and, at this point, he's unsure when he'll be cleared to go back.

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