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The scene of the hit-and-run where Richard Clay Wise was killed. (WGHP File Photo)

LEXINGTON, N.C. — A Lexington man was sentenced over the weekend for a deadly hit-and-run involving a bicyclist that took place about one year ago.

According to The Lexington Dispatch, Kenneth Reece Wright Jr., 31, was sentenced Friday by Superior Court Judge Richard Stone to spend between 22 and 27 months in prison in the death of Richard Clay Wise, who was 45 when he was killed.

Wise was riding a bicycle around 7 p.m. on Nov. 1, 2011 when he was fatally struck on Old N.C. Highway 109 near Jolly Road.  Wright pleaded guilty to two charges in his death, including felony hit-and-run resulting in serious injury/death and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Wright will receive credit for the year he spent in jail after turning himself in on Nov. 2, 2011, the paper reports.

According to The Dispatch, Wright told Wise’s family and friends who were present at the sentencing that he was “sorry for what had happened” and that it was “an honest mistake.”