'We will never, ever see our brother': Driver sentenced to 6.5 years in prison after killing pedestrian while under the influence

<p><p>A man who struck and killed another man with his vehicle last year in downtown Spokane was sentenced Friday to 6½ years in prison.</p></p><p><p>David Macinnes, 51, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide immediately before Judge Tony Hazel handed down the sentence, which was jointly recommended by the defense and prosecution.</p></p><p><p>Macinnes, while under the influence of alcohol, amphetamines and methamphetamine, killed James Boyd on Dec. 9 at Third Avenue and Howard Street. Police said Boyd was trapped underneath the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.</p></p><p><p>Macinnes told police at the time he is blind in his right eye and has never had a driver’s license, according to court documents. Macinnes also told police he is a type 1 diabetic, but when he checked his blood sugar earlier that day it was normal.</p></p><p><p>Members of Boyd’s family were present via Zoom at Friday’s sentencing in Spokane County Superior Court.</p></p><p><p>Stacy Boyd, James Boyd’s brother, asked the court to impose a 102-month sentence – the high end of the 78- to 102-month “standard range” prison sentence Hazel considered – because Macinnes was impaired while driving that night.</p></p><p><p>“There was a life lost,” Stacy Boyd said. “I’m not going to see my brother again.”</p></p><p><p>Brenda Harvey, James Boyd’s sister, said she prays for Macinnes.</p></p><p><p>“I am thankful to God that he accepted the plea and we forgive you, but there is a life that has been taken,” Harvey said. “We will never, ever see our brother.”</p></p><p><p>Macinnes apologized for his actions.</p></p><p><p>“I’m very sorry for what I’ve done and I want everybody to know that I feel bad all the time,” said Macinnes, noting his past nine months in jail have been the worst of his life.</p></p><p><p>Kyle Zeller, Macinnes’ attorney, said Macinnes is haunted about that night to this day.</p></p><p><p>“He knows what he did was wrong,” Zeller said.</p></p><p><p>“He wanted to not only accept full responsibility for his actions that day, but he also did not want the family to have to go through a trial, go through the appeal process.”</p></p><p><p>Spokane County Prosecutor Katie McNulty said one of the biggest benefits of accepting the low-end sentence is the finality it brings to the defendant, state and the Boyd family.</p></p><p><p>Hazel also ordered Macinnes to 18 months of “community custody,” or probation, when Macinnes is finished serving his prison sentence, as well as $8,123.35 in restitution.</p></p><p><p>“Frankly, nothing’s going to make up for the loss that you caused, but the next-best thing you can do is to make sure that this never happens at your hand,” Hazel said.</p></p>