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EXCLUSIVE: Drunk driver who killed a cop asks for early release

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WILLOUGHBY, OH (WOIO) -

The drunk driver responsible for the crash that killed Willoughby Police Officer Jason Gresko wants to get out of prison early.

"I walked in and they said Mr. Gresko I'm sorry he's gone, and I hit the floor," said Nick Gresko.

The emotional pain that Nick Gresko lives with everyday since his son's death he says is difficult to cope with.

"I would give my life for my daughter-in-law and my granddaughter to have a father and husband back gladly. But, I know that can't happen," said Nick Gresko.

Officer Jason Gresko was killed in September of 2012 on his way to a call when he swerved to avoid hitting Scott Leland's vehicle.

Leland was driving drunk with his daughter and her friend in the car.

He was sentenced to four years in prison, but now after 6-and-a-half months he wants out.

"This guy thinks he deserves to be out of prison. He chose to drink and drive," says Nick Gresko.

In a letter to Judge Joseph Gibson Leland wrote:

I would like to save other families from having to endure the pain I have cause the Gresko family. I have caused pain for my family as well. I have missed my children's birthdays. I will never again take life for granted. I am hoping for a chance to start over.

"I'm not going to see my son again. He's going to see his family again," said Nick Gresko.

Officer Gresko left behind a wife, young daughter and dozens of grieving family members and friends.

For Nick Gresko a makeshift memorial in his living room brings some comfort, but the touching tribute is also a reminder that his son is gone.

"You relive everything like it was yesterday," Nick Gresko said.

Nick Gresko is working with lawmakers for stiffer penalties for drunk drivers.

As of late Thursday evening 19 Action News still had not received a response from Leland's attorney.

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