NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "Everything about it is sad. We have compassion for him. At the same time, there is consequence for his actions," says Brett Lirette.
Kristi Lirette's family walked into court together, all wearing yellow. That was the 23-year-old's favorite color.
They become emotional, and some even broke down in tears as Adams admitted to the judge that he was drunk when he slammed his leased Lamborghini into a flood wall nearly two years ago, killing his passenger, Lirette.
"She trusted him. Even that night, she trusted him. Sometimes it doesn't work out," says Brett Lirette.
Adams and Lirette's family agreed to a 10-year sentence of hard labor. Five of those years will be suspended, so essentially Adams receives a five-year prison sentence.
"My daughter is still not here. Justice is in the eye of the beholder. It's what we agree upon three months ago. We stayed strong as a family. We stuck with exactly what we said we would, and it is what it is at this point," says Lirette.
"He's accepted responsibility. It was a long, hard-fought case," says Robert Jenkins.
Adams' attorney says his client is remorseful.
"Someone has died, so he's been remorseful from the beginning. It didn't seem like it in the beginning because of his appearance, but he said that many times. That's why he wrote two letters to the family apologizing for his actions," says Jenkins.
At the time of the crash, investigators said Adams reached speeds as high as 118 mph and had a blood alcohol content of .11. While he faced up to 30 years in prison, FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti says Adams' sentence should not be considered a slap on the wrist.
"He was a first-time offender. He had a very low blood alcohol level as far as that goes. These are always very difficult cases," says Raspanti.
Still, Raspanti admits Adams will likely not spend the full five years in prison.
"It depends on how the Department of Correction calculates him as to how much time he is actually going to spend," says Raspanti.
"There is no closure. I don't' know that anybody can have closure in a case like this. It's just another step in the process," says Brett Lirette.
Adams will be sentenced June 22.