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Sentencing day for man convicted of 5 counts of vehicular manslaughter

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A judge will decide on Friday whether Jabari Kemp should be let out of jail on probation, be locked up for 75 years, or face a sentence anywhere in between.

Kemp was convicted of 5 counts of vehicular manslaughter in June.

The Florida Highway Patrol say Kemp drove his car recklessly at speeds over 120 mph and slammed into a car with 5 young people inside near I-95 and Blue Heron in 2013. All 5 of the people in the car died.

"I'm glad they found him guilty. And no I didn't want them to find him not guilty because his ass is guilty. He killed 5 people. And one of those people happened to be my grandchild," one of the victim's grandmothers Linda Steward said after the verdict.

Most of the family members of the victims agree.

But Robert Mahlung doesn't. "My verdict for today would be to let Mr. Jabari Kemp walk a free man," Mahlung said in June.

Like the others, Mahlung lost his son Jason in the crash. But he says he doesn't want Kemp to waste away in prison.

"Every human deserves a second chance," Mahlung said after the verdict.

Kemp was taken into custody pending the sentencing.

It's unclear whether family members will testify at the 1:30 p.m. proceeding.

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