The SUV driver who hit and killed Upper West Side artist and activist Jean Chambers, 61, in July 2014 has been sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison. Convicted of criminally negligent homicide last November, Roberto Mercado, 52, was sentenced yesterday. He could have received probation and no prison time, and had faced a maximum of 1 year and 3 months to 4 years behind bars.

The New York Post was in court when Chambers's brother Brian Duffy said he hasn't seen any sincerity in Mercado's contrition since his arrest.

"What really blew me away was what I saw as a total lack of remorse," Duffy said. "Nothing that happens here today is going to change anything—my sister is gone. I just want everyone to remember there is a life involved here, not a statistic, not a dog running across the street, not a lamppost."

Mercado killed Chambers by making a left turn into a crosswalk 95th Street and West End Avenue, where Chambers was crossing with the right of way, then dragging her for 85 feet before bystanders got his attention. Mercado was found not to have been drunk or speeding.

In the six months prior to the killing, Mercado had hit three other pedestrians, including a 13-year-old boy in Queens. That time, he fled the scene. Citing these crashes and a long record of tickets and more than a decade of driving without a license, Assistant District Attorney Michael Paskinoff called for the judge to hand down the maximum sentence.

In a letter to the judge read by DNAinfo, Paskinoff wrote that Chambers's death was the "the culmination of years of [Mercado's] careless, unlawful and irresponsible driving," and that it was "entirely preventable."

In his sentencing statement, Mercado told Chambers's husband John:

There are no words that can express how deeply sorry I am that this accident took your loved one from you and your family. I am sorry and heartbroken and please understand my pain runs deep, it has destroyed me completely. I just ask for mercy, please have mercy on me.

Judge Daniel Conviser said that Mercado may not have meant to kill Chambers, but the crash was no "accident."

"This was a violent crime, a crime of extraordinary violence," the judge said. "In the end this is about Jean Chambers and a precious human life that was taken from us and the devastation left in your wake."

A redesign of West End Avenue from 72nd Street to 107th Street was announced after Chambers's death, and it seems to have made the intersection where she died safer. In 2014, according to police data, the intersection of West End Avenue and West 95th Street was the scene of 14 crashes, including Mercado's fatal collision in July and one that injured a motorist. In 2015, there were just five crashes, none of which resulted in recorded injuries.