Former SAO investigator receives three year sentence

Author: Stephanie Susskind and Stanley B. Chambers Jr.
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – A former State Attorney’s Office investigator who pleaded no contest for his role in a fatal 2013 hit-and-run will serve three years in prison, a judge ruled late Monday morning.

Charles Lawson, who also received five years probation, was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death and driving under the influence.

Lawson hit and killed Michael Sasen on McGregor Boulevard on Christmas Day, then left the scene. He later returned to the crash.

While Lawson did not cause the crash, he admitted to drinking that night and had a strong odor of alcohol, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper testified in court on Friday. Sasen’s DNA was also found on Lawson’s vehicle, the trooper said.

“I think about the death of Michael Sasen every hour, every minute, of every day,” Lawson said on Friday. “It’s constantly on my mind and it will be until I am dead. I accept full responsibility for my actions and I always have.”

Lawson faced up to 30 years in prison.

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