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Family livid after no jail time in deadly hit-and-run

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BATON ROUGE - Relatives of a person killed in a hit-and-run wreck are upset after the man responsible didn't get sentenced to jail time Monday.

Judge Trudy White sentenced Christian Cvitanovich to five years of supervised probation with 75 hours of community service each of the five years. Cvitanovich must pay a fine of $500 and join an organization that helps young people.

Cvitanovich pleaded no contest to the 2010 hit-and-run death of 20-year-old "Misha" Carson. Carson was killed on I-10 near College Drive after she was trying to help a stranded driver. Cvitanovich was arrested after he tried to get his SUV fixed at a body shop.

Monday in court Carson's father, Curtis Carson, pleaded with Judge White to put Cvitanovich behind bars.

"It's been bad enough, but to have it end like this it just does my daughter such injustice," said Curtis Carson. "If I ever commit a crime in Louisiana I want that judge. I sat there for the whole day and all she did was tell people there's the door."

Cvitanovich's defense attorney Lance Unglesby feels this case didn't merit jail time.

"He's got a lot of hours to think about all of this, but he's just really remorseful to the Carson family and wishes them the best," said Unglesby.

Misha's father says the man who killed his daughter needs to pay.

"He is the lowest form of human life to leave my daughter there and just let cars drive by, and he did it," said Curtis Carson.

The Carson family plans to go forward with a civil suit against Cvitanovich.

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