Michael Hermes, 48, appeared for sentencing in Erie County Common Pleas Court Thursday morning with his attorney, Troy Wisehart, and about 15 friends and family members there to support him.
In November, he pleaded guilty to a single charge of operating a vehicle under the influence and 15 counts of assault for causing injury to dozens of victims in the crash.
Judge Roger Binette reviewed 28 statements the riders submitted to the Ohio State Highway Patrol in their investigation, as well as victim impact statements.
Hermes apologized before he was sentenced.
"I've never been so scared in my whole entire life," he said. "I'm just sorry for what happened. I'm very, very sorry."
For more on what Hermes had to say and information on the nine pending lawsuits against him pick up Friday's copy of the Register.