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'Naked Carjacker' sentenced to 8½ years in prison

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A man dubbed the 'Naked Carjacker' made a tearful apology as he was sentenced in court Friday, saying he was ashamed, repulsed and embarrassed by his actions.

The 46-year-old man went on a drug induced rampage in his car last June, injuring 15 people, carjacking a woman, even stripping naked, on top of a car.

A judge says it was a difficult sentencing.

John Brigham pleaded guilty to six felony counts.

Three victims testified, asking for the maximum of 12 years in prison.

The defendant, his family and friends asked for the lesser of 7½ years.

In the end, the judge went in the middle, sentencing him to 8½ years.

 "I'm just glad it's finally," said Camille Meng.

Meng was 8 months pregnant when Brigham crashed head-on into her car.

"I wanted to see him get the maximum, but after hearing an apology, it kind of softened me," she said.

In a video, Brigham was seen jumping on top of a car, naked after he says he took bath salts, and then became delusional, thinking he was going to be murdered.

He got into a car, slammed into a woman near Hayden and Via De Ventura in Scottsdale, stripped naked, car jacked another woman, causing multiple accidents before ending with a car crash at Shea Boulevard.

In all, 15 people were injured, including Meng, who broke both her legs.  Her baby survived, but was born addicted to drugs her mother had to take to endure the pain.

"She was born with oxycodone and morphine in her system and no baby should have to go through that and my baby did," said Meng.

Her baby, named Jasmine, is now a healthy, smiling 1-year-old.

As for her legs, "I will always probably have a limp," said Meng.

On Friday, Brigham testified in court, apologizing to the victims, saying he was ashamed, repulsed and embarrassed by his actions.

His family and friends testified, talking about a man who by all accounts lived an exemplary life for 44 years, was a two-time All-American wrestler in college, a mentor, Chandler football coach and teacher before going into real estate – falling victim to the housing crash and turning to drugs.  He told the court he was undergoing rehab in jail and wanted to become a counselor to help others.

"I just was really happy to hear he was going to AA and stuff because I feel that's the only way he's going to get better.. so later when he gets out, hopefully it will be safe for everyone," said Meng.

Brigham was also ordered to pay restitution after serving his prison sentence. He'll be on probation for five years.

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