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24-year-old pleads guilty to 2nd degree murder in cab driver's death

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

We've all heard the warnings about drinking and driving - the consequences could be deadly. Justin Tyler Miller was in court Thursday to take responsibility for driving drunk and killing someone in another car.

Justin Tyler Miller said, "Yes, sir," when asked if he is guilty of second degree murder and two driving while impaired charges. His lawyers also expressed his remorse for killing 56-year-old cab driver Paul Douglas Miller on May 3, 2013.

The assistant district attorney says Justin Miller was driving on Woodlawn Road when he crashed into a cab driver and then ran from the scene. She said Miller's blood alcohol level was .19, more than twice the legal limit. He was driving on a suspended license after another DWI arrest. The victim's family friend spoke to the judge. Kelly Barrentine said Paul Miller was the life of the party and always had a smile. She also said he was working the night Justin Miller hit him.

"If Mr. Miller would have called for the cab, Paul would have been the one who picked him up took him wherever he wanted to go we wouldn't be here today," said Barrentine, "It's a sad situation for both sides of the family."

Miller's lawyer said his father died and his mother abandoned him when he was in high school. He worked his way through Queens University. And his academic advisor, Catherine Eason explained he is intelligent.

"There are consequences but I do believe there is always hope. He's had a very difficult life, that's no excuse for what he did but I do believe there's hope for him," said Eason.

Justin Miller's maximum sentence is ten and half years. He also has to pay restitution to the family and lawyers' fees.

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