Robert Ray Huizenga was sentenced to 120 days in jail in Broward County after pleading no contest to hitting a 71-year-old man in 2003. He surrendered Oct. 19 after spending a year appealing the jail term.
At Monday's hearing, members of Huizenga's family testified that, after three DUI convictions in 10 years, he is now on what his sister called "a fabulous road to recovery," The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
"He has turned into this man that is focused and dedicated and sorry and has taken complete responsibility for what he has done," Pam Alexander said.
Huizenga, wearing a jail jumpsuit and shackles, said he has learned his lesson and asked to be released in time to spend Thanksgiving with his family.
Circuit Judge Michael Kaplan refused, calling the jail term "fair, just and appropriate."