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Man sentenced for fatal hit and run in north Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. - The man accused of killing a woman in a hit and run last year has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison. 

Wednesday afternoon, Bobby F. Bowerman pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident that involved a fatality. Court documents say on November 11, 2017, Bowerman hit Melissa Tolliver as she was crossing Holland Avenue in a crosswalk near the North Spokane Walmart. 

Witnesses say Bowerman left the scene without ever stopping or slowing down. He was then arrested the next day after detectives spotted his vehicle with damage matching the damage that would have been sustained in the hit and run. 

In court Wednesday, Bowerman offered an apology to the family of Melissa Tolliver.

"I'm just very sorry for all parties involved, and mostly their family. I can't even imagine. And if I could take that day back, I would. I live with it every day," Bowerman said. 

Tolliver's parents says they have to live with the loss of their daughter every day. 

"There was a closed casket funeral, we couldn't even see her again. Emotionally, this is just tearing us both up something real bad," said Tolliver's father John Owens. 

They were hoping the judge would impose the longest sentence possible. But, the judge leaned toward the lighter end of sentencing, giving Bowerman 35.75 months in prison. 

Tolliver's parents say that isn't long enough.

"I think he should have gotten a lot more time in prison than what he's got," Joan Owens said. 

Bowerman's family was also in court. They gave Bowerman hugs after the sentencing, just before he was taken away in handcuffs. 

Last month Bowerman was also charged with a DUI. Those charges were not part of Wednesday's hearing.