GRESHAM, Ore. - A man who critically injured a pregnant woman when he crashed into her car while high on heroin and meth will spend the next 11 years in prison.
A judge handed down that sentence on Friday, but not before Jack Whiteaker had several profanity-laced outbursts in court. He screamed at the prosecutor, the judge and even the victim's family.
Whiteaker has maintained his innocence but a jury found him guilty earlier this year. He crashed into a car driven by 19-year-old Cayla Wilson nearly two years ago, leaving the young woman severely brain damaged.
Wilson was five months pregnant at the time and although her baby was born premature, the child (a girl) is healthy and is being raised by her grandparents.
Wilson's family is happy the legal ordeal is over but the sadness and emotional drain they have been going through was evident on their faces outside the courtroom.
They told reporters they don't think 11 years is a harsh enough punishment.
"It'll never be enough," Denise Wilson, the mother of the victim, said through tears. "My daughter has to spend the rest of her life the way she is."
A photo of Cayla Wilson before the crash.