Alexander Lee, 23, of New Milford will spend at least eight years in jail after being sentenced Friday, March 20 in the hit-and-run death of a Weston cyclist in 2013.

After an emotional hearing at Superior Court in Danbury, Judge Dan Shaban sentenced Lee to 25 years in jail, suspended after eight years, followed by five years' probation.

Lee pleaded guilty in February to misconduct with a motor vehicle, tampering with physical evidence and evading responsibility leading to death.

He was also sentenced for an unrelated narcotics charge.

Tom Steinert-Threlkeld, 59, a journalist from Weston, died in October 2013 after his bicycle collided with the passenger side of Lee's car while he was riding along Route 302 in Bethel, according to court documents.

The victim approached an intersection where Lee's car made a left turn in front of him, causing Steinert-Threlkeld to hit the car and fall from his bicycle, police said.

Lee drove away and avoided police apprehension for more than a month.

Steinert-Threlkeld's widow, Kaite, their two sons and the victim's sister spoke during the sentencing hearing.

"There was absolutely no reason my husband had to die in a horrific manner," the widow told the court. "And it's all because of you, Mr. Lee. You have created a living hell for me and my family."

Lee apologized to the family in a brief statement before he was handcuffed and taken into custody.

"There was no intention of me leaving my house and accidentally killing somebody," he said. "I'm really sorry. I mean it."