A drunken professional footballer was jailed for seven years today for killing two young boys as he drove "like an idiot".
Arron Peak, 10, and his brother Ben, eight, were on a dream day out when former Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Luke McCormick ploughed into their car in his powerful black Range Rover.
Coventry-born McCormick, who was more than twice the drink drive limit as he drove home from a team-mate's wedding, finally admitted causing death by dangerous driving when he appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court this morning.
The 25-year-old also admitted a charge of driving with excess alcohol.
The brothers, from Partington in Manchester, were travelling along the M6 in Staffordshire when the crash happened shortly before 5.45am on June 7. They were on their way to Silverstone racetrack for a day out with their father Phil Peak and three friends when their Toyota Previa people carrier was hit.
Mr Peak, 37, was at the wheel of the Toyota and was seriously injured in the crash.
The boys' mother, Amanda Peak, sobbed loudly as the court heard details of the crash today.
McCormick, dressed in a dark suit, kept his head bowed and covered his face with his hand as it was revealed he told eyewitnesses at the scene: "I am so sorry, I'm sorry. I just fell asleep. I fell asleep, I'm sorry."
Prior to the collision, other motorists noticed McCormick "driving like an idiot" and estimated his speed at around 90mph, the court heard.
After the crash, he was found to have 74 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.
McCormick, who was confronted by angry relatives of Ben and Arron when he arrived at court today, is a former England youth international and was twice voted Argyle's young player of the season. His contract with Argyle was cancelled by "mutual consent" a month after the crash.
In a victim statement submitted to the judge, Mr and Mrs Peak, told how their lives had been "totally devastated" by the deaths of their only children.
The couple wrote: "Our whole lives have been shattered ... all our hopes and dreams for the future have been taken away from us."
The court heard that McCormick sobbed "uncontrollably" at the police station after his arrest.
John Jones, defending, said McCormick had become introverted and suffered from nightmares and flashbacks of the crash.
He said: "He was a professional footballer with a potentially glittering future.
"His career would have developed; the rewards in every sense of the word would be limitless. That was lost and indeed lost forever.
"The Luke McCormick who appears before you today is a shadow of his former self."
Judge Paul Glenn jailed McCormick for seven years and four months. The maximum penalty is 14 years.
McCormick could have admitted the offences at a previous hearing but chose not to, forcing Ben and Arron's family to return to court.