"After careful review of this case, I feel there needs to be a monitored component of drug and alcohol rehab, outside of the prison system, to make sure, as best we can, that this type of tragedy or something similar doesn't happen again," he said.
King's sister, Arietta King, of Rand, said after the hearing she was disappointed with the judge's decision.
"He should do his time," she said of Roberts. "He done the crime, he should do the time."
Arietta King was happily surprised, she said, that the state Division of Highways agreed to name a bridge on W.Va. 214 in Davis Creek after her brother.
A sign for the Joseph Albert "Joey" King Jr. Memorial Bridge was installed last week, she said.
"He used to travel across it every day," she said.
Kay Carson, King's common-law wife of 20 years, still drives the bridge daily and said the memorial is bittersweet.
"It's a constant reminder of him," she said.
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