A Milwaukee man may soon be free after admitting he took the blame for a fatal hit-and-run to protect his son.

A judge on Monday vacated the sentence for 45-year-old Juan G. Silva Sr.

Silva had been sentenced to five years in prison, based on his confession.

The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1JqjWnN ) reports the father turned himself in to police the day after the September 2013 crash, which killed a pedestrian and injured another.

But last week, prosecutors charged his son, 22-year-old Juan G. Silva Jr., with the crime.

Last month, a co-worker of the father's wife told police the woman said her husband was behind bars for a crime he didn't commit to keep their son free.

The complaint says the younger Silva then acknowledged he was the driver.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com