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West Jordan man gets max sentence for Christmas Eve crash that killed a toddler

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - A man responsible for a crash that killed a toddler on Christmas Eve now faces up to 45 years in prison. Thursday 56-year-old Thomas Ainsworth received the maximum sentence for each charge against him.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - A man responsible for a crash that killed a toddler on Christmas Eve now faces up to 45 years in prison. Thursday 56-year-old Thomas Ainsworth received the maximum sentence for each charge against him.

Kelly and Ryan Pack remember that day like it was yesterday. Thursday at Thomas Ainsworth's sentencing they relived the moments that changed their lives forever.

Before the judge Kelly Pack said, "And I looked up to see a huge suburban jump the huge median and head straight for us."

On Christmas Eve 2011 the Packs were on their way back home from a family Christmas party.
Thomas Ainsworth was also driving on 90th South, high on methamphetamine. He allegedly reached for a cell phone when he crashed head on into their SUV. Ryan, Kelly, their 3 year old son Finn and their 18-month old son Colum were critically injured.

Kelly Pack remembered what she heard when emergency crews arrived on the scene. "A man's voice said both my sons had a pulse. A woman quickly corrected him and said, ‘no this one has no pulse and there's blood coming out of his nose.’"

Colum died the next day on Christmas.

"I will never get to see those beautiful blue eyes and that big mischievous smile ever again,” said Pack.

The judge sentenced Thomas Ainsworth to the maximum sentence of one to 15 years for each of his three charges. Before being taken to prison he apologized to the pack family.

Ainsworth said, "I just want to tell the pack family I’m sorry. I didn't mean to take their little one from them. It's left a scar on my heart, your honor. I'll never be able to...it's going to be with me for the rest of my life."

Ainsworth family feels his punishment is too severe.

His daughter Sierra Ainsworth told ABC 4 Utah, "He has learned his lesson and he look at her every time I go into the jail and cries and he can't believe he took the life of a little child away."

As for the Pack family they say they're ready to move on and to forgive Thomas Ainsworth.

"We're just choosing to be strong and not to be victims and just move forward and try to live a happy life,” said Pack.
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