Covington man pleads guilty in death of 6-year-old

Photo by Jonalee Merkel

Photo by Jonalee Merkel

COVINGTON -- A Covington man charged with the 2009 death of a 6-year-old pedestrian in Clarkston will serve 30 days in jail according to a plea agreement reached with the DeKalb County District Attorney's Office.

Gregory Armwood was sentenced on a misdemeanor count of vehicular homicide in DeKalb State Court after he admitted to illegally passing a stopped MARTA bus and striking and killing Suk Maya Mager, who was crossing Ponce de Leon Avenue with her family. The family, who are from Bhutan, but came to the U.S. as refugees from Nepal, had been in the country less than two weeks before the incident. The child was starting school the next day.

In addition to the 30 days in jail, Armwood will also serve probation for a year and have his driver's license suspended during that time.

According to published reports, Armwood expressed remorse to Mager family at the time of his sentencing.

The mother of the girl, Rupa Mager, told the court, "I cried a lot over missing my daughter; still I am crying."

Father Motti Mager said, "I request only to the government that justice be provided me."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.