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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)  --  A television screen separates the two families for Jeremy Lane's first parole hearing since he was sentenced to state prison more than a year ago.  

In the early morning hours Lane hit and killed Susan Wood as she walked to work at Unum two days before Christmas in 2009. Lane fled the scene and told officers he had been carjacked.  

He is now serving prison time in Morgan County and has served the minimum time required to be eligible for parole. But, he has to convince members of the State Parole Board that he has changed.

"I wake up everyday and I see her face," says Lane.  

Susan Wood's husband, siblings and parents listened, while Lane attempted to express his remorse.

"I come here today to take complete and total responsibility for my actions. The death of Mrs. Wood was my fault," Lane explains.  

Lane received his GED in prison and continues to take courses to further his education but says his past still haunts him.

"At this point I do not see the change in you that we need to see. I do not see the truthfulness in you that we need to see," says board member Yusuf Hakeem.  

Hakeem cast his vote to deny Lane parole.

"Your sentence be balanced, that means that you serve the rest of your sentence without another parole hearing," Hakeem says.  

For Wood's family, the first vote comes as a relief.

"I was worried that he would be released a little too early," says Matt Wood, Susan's husband. "I just would really like to see him reform from this. God forbid this happen to someone else."

Lane's case requires four votes from board members.

It could take as long as four weeks for the results on whether or not he is granted parole.


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