They should give him the chair, the chair, the chair but 8 years will suffice.
His lawyer claims his life has been destroyed. He came an inch away from ending someone elses. Add 8 years to his current woes, still not a fair trade.
UPDATE - 5 years, per VeloNews. I'll take it. 5 years is a long hail that might make some jerques take pause before causing mayhem. This is serious stuff. And let it be known, if you pull a stunt like this it will be you against thousands of cyclists who insist upon justice.