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5.07.2007

Verdict Soon

A jury is deliberating the fate of this guy who was convicted last week of Intoxication Manslaughter in Tarrant County. (His blood alcohol concentration was .29 - the legal limit is .08).

From the best I can tell from Star Telegram reports, he had no prior convictions but admits to being an alcoholic for almost all of his adult life.

The range of punishment is anywhere from probation to 20 years in prison. My prediction: I think they'll give him 10 years without probation.

One wild card is that I haven't been able to determine if the jury made a finding of a "deadly weapon." If so, they have been instructed that the defendant, if sentenced to a term of imprisonment, would not be eligible for parole until 1/2 of the sentence is served. Although they are also given the goofy instruction of not to apply the parole law to "this particular defendant", they always do.

Edit: After 9 hours of deliberations the jury indicated they were deadlocked on punishment. Then a plea bargain was struck for 3 1/2 years. That's reasonable to me, but I'm surprised the Tarrant County prosecutors agreed to it. If a mistrial had been declared due to a hung jury, then a retrial only on the issue of punishment would have occurred - guilt has already been established.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

You know,I just can't stop lookin at the picture of that chick in the Cinco De Mayo post.

Anonymous said...

Give me "10" years of probation, if I violate that in Wise County I'm worth XXX probation with double the fees and classes every Saturday..........I pay for another 2 probation college graduates of social work degrees. U know social workers can change the world, not Wise County.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, now I remember, he was drunk and slammed into the two cars where that chick, (who was also drunk; drunk and stupid enough to be standing in between two vehicles at the scene of an accident) got smashed.

They both apparently got what they deserved. Not that the jury will hear any of that stuff about her BAL or anything.

Anonymous said...

See folks, that's where it's all fubar'd up - just like 5:41PM said, "I pay for another 2 probation college graduates of social work degrees"........GFC, how many of those type do I know of/know personally/know about? Lots. I think Mr. Rambo is too old for that gig. Some I've know have actually been quite successful, others have failed miserably.

Back to 5:41's point, (if I'm getting it), though: I guess the rule is, you gotta get in big trouble, go to the big house, get a degree in sociology, then try to help fix all those others with social problems coming down the pipeline, because, you know, you want us to think you can personally feel their pain and help them.

That kinda reminds me of Medicare/Medicaid in some weird way.

I'm just wondering what the civil suit or whatever you legal beagles call it comes from the family against his workplace. Think that will happen?

Anyhoooo, I must admit I admire this guy's honesty. He really has nothing else going for him apparently right now.

Condoleesa said...

That picture creeps me out.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone please tell me what 5:41 and 7:26 are talking about. Their incoherrent nonsense is too much for my college educated mind to comprehend.

Anonymous said...

Thank you 8:24! I think those two knuckleheads must be attending some probation classes!

Anonymous said...

I agree, 8:24. I think the best description for their writing style is "stream of consciousness"!

Anonymous said...

Here's another case I saw today that just breaks my heart...

http://www.snopes.com/politics/crime/newsom.asp