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Man who killed young mother in drunk driving incident demands license back — even after five drunk driving convictions


He said he's 'sorry from the bottom of [his] heart'

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A man with five drunk driving convictions who killed a young mother while intoxicated, says he's sorry and is demanding to get his license back. The family of his victim says that a driver's license is "a privilege, not a right."

William Foley Jr. had a blood alcohol limit three times the legal limit in 2001 when he slammed into a parked car carrying 27-year-old mother Christine Griffiths and her friend.

Griffiths had a 2-year-old daughter when she was killed. That daughter, Michaela, is now a senior in high school.

"I think about her all the time," Michaela told WBZ-TV. "I have a say, because it's my life that he ruined. And he has to know that, when you look at me you better see the person that you killed. And you better feel bad for what you did."

Foley pleaded guilty to negligent motor vehicle homicide and was sentenced to four years in prison and 10 years' probation. He also had his driver's license suspended. On Thursday, he has a hearing to decide if he should be allowed to get back behind the wheel of a car.

In 2009, during another attempt to get his license reinstated, he said, "With all my heart and soul I beg for forgiveness. Poor little girl, Michaela, who has to go through life without her mother, because I was completely responsible and take all the blame. I am so sorry from the bottom of my heart." A state panel denied his request at that time.

Christine's mother was unimpressed.

"We've been to hell and back," she told WBZ. "He doesn't get the anguish he puts us through to go to these hearings, and relive all the open wounds over again. He's already killed someone, why would they consider giving it back to him."

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