New Port Richey, Florida -- A 22-year-old former exotic dancer was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday morning for dragging a Pasco deputy who was hanging from the side of her truck.
Brittany Miles was convicted back in November for battery on a law enforcement officer. Miles says she was high on prescription drugs when she tried to get away from Deputy Ashley Grady in 2011 and drove off with Grady hanging in the driver's side window, trying to pull the keys out of the ignition.
Photo Gallery: Pictures from Miles' sentencing, and of the accident scenes
The deputy suffered a concussion and broke her leg as she fell from the speeding truck.
Prior to her sentencing before Judge Michael Andrews, Miles pleaded for a second chance.
"I'd like a chance to be a part of my family again, be a mother to my son," she told Judge Andrews.
"I realize the mistakes I made, and I want to be able to make as much good out of them as I can," she added. "I want to be able to help kids."
Her mother, father, and aunt also made statements to the court about Miles, who they called "good-hearted."
"She's a different person," said her mom Debra, a Hernando County deputy. "She's back to being my daughter again, before she got addicted to these pills."
Debra talked through tears, explaining how her daughter became addicted to Oxycodone when a doctor prescribed them to her following a car accident in 2009.
Grady spoke in the courtroom about how her job as a Pasco County deputy exposed her to the dangers of addiction.
"But even on the pills," she said, "people still make their own decisions. I feel that Brittany Miles is clean today and the person she used to be because she had no choice because she was sitting in jail."
Grady's mother, Dawn, recalled the last year and a half in her emotional testimony, from not knowing if her daughter was alive to having to clean blood out of her hair.
"I think you deserve the worst penalty in the world," she told Miles, "because I don't think you should be among other people. I think your son would be better taken care of by your family because you need help."
In announcing his sentencing, Judge Andrews told Miles that she would get out of jail eventually and he hoped it would be an opportunity for her to bring her life in a different direction.
Miles, who will get credit for time served, could have gotten up to 35 years in prison. Her courtroom woes are not behind her: she will also go on trial in January for the death of Henry McCain in Hernando County. Miles is accused of hitting his motorcycle while trying to get away from deputies.
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