WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. — A Vermont man who pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a crash that killed his friend has been sentenced to 180 days of home confinement.

The Valley News reports that 38-year-old Jeremy Potwin apologized to the family of James Arbuckle at his sentencing Thursday. Arbuckle died when Potwin crashed into a guardrail in Royalton last year.

Prosecutor David Cahill said he didn’t pursue a more serious charge because the guardrail was missing an end cap. Arbuckle was impaled by the exposed sharp edge. Cahill also said Arbuckle’s family did not want Potwin to go to jail.

Potwin, a Bethel resident, will spend 60 days on a work crew after his confinement.