Calif. officer apologizes for killing bicyclists after falling asleep at the wheel

By Henry K. Lee
San Francisco Chronicle

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A former Santa Clara County sheriff's deputy tearfully apologized in court Thursday before being sentenced to four months in jail and 800 hours of community service for hitting and killing two bicyclists in Cupertino last year when he fell asleep at the wheel of his cruiser.

James Council, 28, repeatedly sniffed and paused to control his emotion as he described how "not a day goes by" that he doesn't think about the March 9, 2008, crash that killed Matt Peterson, 29, of San Francisco and Kristy Gough, 30, of San Leandro.

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