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1.15.2008

That Should Satisfy MADD


Denton County is notoriously conservative and a jury proved it on this one. He was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter (and given the maximum of 20 years), he was found guilty of a different intoxication assault offense (and given the maximum of 10 years), then the judge stacked the sentences on top of one another (didn't have to) and the jury found the defendant used a "deadly weapon" which means he won't be eligible for probation parole* until half of his sentence is served. Sheesh.

There was one other intoxication assault case that the jury convicted him of but gave him probation. They must have felt compassionate.

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*Unforgivable mistake on my part.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

GOOD for them!!! If we had more convictions like that, people might think before putting innocent lives in danger!

Anonymous said...

My first reaction was to go look at the article and find out that he is a habitual DWI offender. The article does not say. So, if he had a prior DWI, then I don't care how long he stays in prison. If he has no prior DWIs, then for some reason I feel some compassion.
Why is this? Because yet for the grace of God go many of us...how screwed up is that?

Anonymous said...

And I am supposed to feel sorry for this guy why? He killed someone.

Anonymous said...

and the prosecutor went and had a beer to celebrate

Anonymous said...

Cliff Clavin?

Anonymous said...

I'm not understanding why you're so upset BG? I'm sorry if you get behind the wheel drunk and kill someone you should serve time for it. I really don't feel that him having to serve 15 years for killing someone is asking too much. But then again I'm not a liberal weenie!

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't a crucifixion be little more humane?

Crud Bonemeal said...

I'm sorry, what sentence did Marilyn Gates (she was this guy's victim) get? Oh yeah, she got death without a jury of her peers and a defense attorney whining about compassion and mercy (but not justice). No one can really ask for justice because justice for this guy would be to strap him to the front of a truck and drive it into a brick wall.

Anonymous said...

It upsets me that some lame, liberal jury chose to ignore the other intoxication assault case. He should have had extra time for that.

Anonymous said...

Haa! You almost faked me out on that one but most of us know that really is John Ratzenberger, "Cliff" on the old Cheers sitcom and not a criminal drunk from Denton.

Anonymous said...

Mary Jo Kuppechne was unavailable for comment.

Anonymous said...

intoxicated manslaughter pooey try murder when you get behind the wheel of a car drunk you know what you are doing and you put plenty of innocent people at risk my hats off to the jury and the judge on this one as far as MADD those whiney ball bags only work on catching those who drive instead of prventing the crime in the first place by offering d.d. programs or cards to pay for cabs

Anonymous said...

Marilyn Gates was unavailable for comment.

Anonymous said...

They aren't punishing him, but us. We will pay for his incarceration for thirty years. Jail time assuredly, but 30?

Anonymous said...

Getting drunk and killing someone is a pretty serious thing. If a person got drunk in a bar and pulled out a knife and stabbed someone to death, we wouldn't think much about the same sentence. Vehicle is just a different weapon. One could argue that it's even worse, since driving drunk also has a randomness about it. "I don't care who I kill, as long as I kill someone" in other words.

Anonymous said...

you mean.....wont be eligible for "parole" until....right verne?

Anonymous said...

That women Monica Lewinski was unavailable for comment.

Anonymous said...

Monica was unavailable because she had her mouth half full and was preparing to gargle.

Anonymous said...

The man had no prior criminal history. Last Wednesday a Denton County Jury gave another felony DWI defendant 40 years.

Annie Jokely said...

good.

Anonymous said...

Brad Renfro was unavailable for comment regarding this topic.

Anonymous said...

I was the lead prosecutor on this case. Just to clear up some things...He had no criminal history except for one Assault arrest in Fort Worth. That case was ultimately dismissed. After the crash, he made no attempt to help his victims. He merely stood by and watched while others tried to render aid. He also lied to the police about how much he had to drink. At trial, he showed NO emotion or remorse for what he had done. The victim in the probation Intox. Assault case was not injured nearly as severely as the victim on the 10 year Intox. Assault. Legally, we couldn't charge him with Murder because it wasn't an intentional killing. You can charge murder on these if the Defendant has two prior DWI convictions, but obviously, he didn't. And no, I did not have a beer after the trial.

Anonymous said...

Some comments - I know this guy. He is NOT a habitual offender. He had NOTHING ON HIS RECORD but this. Not only has this ripped the New Hampshire family apart, but his life has been ruined by the results of a lapse in judgment as well as the lives of his kids, his elderly parents, and his sister.

THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU, so don't throw barbs. If you've ever, ever driven after having a few (and most people have), then this could happen to you, FIRST TIME OFFENDER. Don't drink and drive, especially in Denton County, or you could end up in the next cell for the next 15 years.

I hope people learn from Steve's situation. If you have a few at your local restaurant and think "well, I can make it home" and happen to have an accident that kills or hurts someone, you could get the equivalent of a life sentence. Murderers and child molesters often get less than this sentence.

And he is not John Ratzenberger - he just bears a resemblance.

BR said...

I was the lead Investigator on this case prior to and during the trial. "Steve's friend" makes several attempts to minimize this tragedy - offending me ALMOST beyond words. "Nothing on his record" only means he was never caught before. He is not a habitual offender? In that case, it's okay to kill someone if you're a "first time offender"!?

"A lapse in judgment"? Having a blood alcohol concentration of twice the legal limit at the time of the crash (0.12 nearly two hours later) is substantially more than a "lapse in judgment."

"If you've ever driven after a few, this could happen to you." Well, if your definition of "a few" is approximately NINE alcoholic drinks, then Steve's friend is correct.

"If you have a few drinks and happen to have an accident that kills someone, you could get the equivalent of a life sentence." Hmmm - I might edit that statement to read, "If you consume vast amounts of alcohol to the point that your blood alcohol level is TWICE the legal limit, drive 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, nearly cause one accident, then blow through a light which has been red for 2-4 seconds and KILL one person and severely injure two others, you could (and should) get the equivalent of a life sentence."

Let's keep the blame where it belongs: Squarely on the shoulders of Stephen Mole.