Man gets 5 years probation in deadly road-rage case

MINEOLA - An Oceanside man convicted of criminally negligent homicide in a deadly road-rage case was sentenced to five years probation today.

Prosecutors say Evan Potts ran down Ian Sharrin in Long Beach back in May 2009 after the two got into a fight on the street.

Potts admitted he cut off Sharrin's Porsche and then tried to get away from him after Sharrin chased him, boxed him in and allegedly threatened him.

In court today, Sharrin's mother, Lois, tearfully pleaded with the judge, asking him not to "send a message that it is OK to kill." Following the verdict, the victim's family said justice was not served.

Potts apologized to the judge for Sharrin's death, calling it a tragedy. His attorney, Stanley Kapilow, argued that Sharrin was the aggressor whose actions led to his death.

"If he had just walked away, none of us would be standing here this morning," Kapilow says.

As a condition of his probation, if Potts gets in trouble with the law in the next five years, he could face one-and-a-third to four years behind bars, which the prosecutors had originally asked for.

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