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3.04.2010

Verdict In DWI-Felony Case

Faced with a range of 2 to 10 years and with the option of probation, the Wise County jury handed down its sentence a couple of moments ago: 8 years and $5,000 fine. No probation. (That isn't going to help plea bargain offers.) Once the verdict was reached, but before court was reconvened, the defendant ran out on the balcony for a smoke. (Pic). I think his name is Richard McDuff who used to live in Rhome. I had thought the jury was in for a long day when I heard one of them speaking on the phone during a break say, "You can't get twelve people to agree on what day it is."

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

You work on the ugly side of the tracks Barry.

Anonymous said...

Good job, jury!!! Thank you for protecting our citizens by removing one danger from our roads.

Anonymous said...

How was he proven guilty? Was he guilty because he had 2 priors or did he do breatherizer and fail? Did he fail soberiety test? How do they prove guilty?

Anonymous said...

We could end drunk driving if we would confiscate the car and crush it on the 1st offense.

Anonymous said...

8 years for driving drunk. Did you kill someone, did he destroy someone's property? Now I get to spend 8 years paying for his room and board? Why is this a good thing?

Anonymous said...

We could stop a majority of DWI's if we made interlocks mandatory on every vehicle on the road. It's safety equipment just like seat belts or air bags.

Anonymous said...

Way too harsh a punishment. The twelve should take Obammy's advice and treat him like an asthma patient and put a breathalyzer on his car.

Anonymous said...

Yeah,crush it against the defendant forehead.

Anonymous said...

If your readership is a fair sampling of the group of "peers" our court system has to pick from, then I am amazed that 12 jurors can ever be found. On the other hand, they are apparently all experts that don't require the evidence and testimony of a particular case to reach a verdict.

Danny Boy said...

If you get 2 DWI's, there should never be the option to have a license or registered vehicle. Beginning with a second DWI plea or guilty verdict they should confiscate the vehicle and sell it to help pay the taxpayers portions of the trial. People get less than 8 years for murder (Murphee tial). As you may find some of my suggestions may already be done by the authorities, but I have no experience with DWI. Why, because I enabled with a secret file called common sense in my brain.

For those who still don't get it, the brain is the squishy part in your head that makes your decisions, good and bad.

If this guy or the Murphee lady had a brain, then he would not be in jail and Murphee would be happily married.

Anonymous said...

Jury obviously doens't know anything about the law.

Anonymous said...

12:55 what if i wanted to drive around my ranch and drink a beer? would i have the option of having the interlock removed from my vehicle (in your scenario)?

Anonymous said...

If you don't want this person off the road, then please go pick out which teenager, which family, which grandmother you want to die within the next few years; and tell them they are going to die suddenly and horribly; with no chance to say goodbye to anyone they love; tell them you'd rather have them die for no reason than for this person not to have his driving priveleges. I don't want this guy locked up AT ALL. I just want this person to not drive drunk. He doesn't get it, and clearly won't act accordingly. Had a chance.

Anonymous said...

I once or twice told my girlfriend I was an intoxilyzer and to just keep blowing til I said stop.

Anonymous said...

God has drunk drivers kill innocent
people all the time. That way the families can sue someone -not for the money, but so no one else will have to go through this again!

Anonymous said...

It's called self control. Some have it, some don't. For those who don't, bars and fences to keep the rest of safe are the answer.

Anonymous said...

He will probably come out of jail one heck of lot meaner than he was today.

Anonymous said...

Thank you 2:47, that was needed just about now.

Jail time yes. 8yrs no. This verdict probably had more to do with the trial's timing right after the Murphree trial.

Anonymous said...

Don't do the crime if you can't pay the time!!!!

Anonymous said...

Personally, I think first offenders should have their license revoked for 1 year and be punished with a daily water board torture session. Guarantee - there wouldn't be a second time - But just in case - if they do kill or injure someone on their second offense, they should have to endure the same fate as their victim at their OWN expense. Now that is harsh - But it would work. If they are stupid enough to do it again - we don't need them on this earth anyway!

Anonymous said...

does anyone find it odd that this guy got 8 years but Betty Monroe got probation? Our judicial system is screwed up! True victim here... poor Jackie Murphee.

Car crushed on the 1st offense??? wow... that person must not drink. You can drink tonight and if you drink enough you are still over the legal limit tomorrow morning!! However I do agree... its getting awful something has to happen. But it wont... its all about $$$ alcohol brings in too much $$$!!!

Anonymous said...

IF, we could eliminate all drunk driving, calculate how much it would cost in food stamps, welfare, and unemployment benefits for lawyers, prosecutors, judges, bailiffs, secretaries, etc.

This whole DWI scam is a cash cow that too many people are milking in the name of "protecting the public". We could save a lot more lives with less money in other areas, but aren't even trying. This one is too lucrative.

Anonymous said...

8 years in Texas means when his actual time served plus his good time credit equal 2 years the defendant will be parole eligible. Knew of a guy sentenced to two years for DWI and he was out in about six months. The parole board turns regular felony DWI offenders loose as fast as they can so they don't have to pay to house them. Ask Mr. Green if this is not true. The jury did the right thing and they are the only people who heard all of the evidence.

Anonymous said...

2:09 I agree. Our judicial system does not treat equally. If we really wanted drunk drivers or drivers that had a drink to two off the road then a police officer would be at every restaurant that served liquor, at the country clubs in Wise Co. and all the private parties giving everyone that leaves a breatherizer. It seems the ones that get pulled over are usually young man in older vehicles. I don't want drunk drivers on the road either but some of our finer citizens that drink (and it is known by all the officers) and drive are never pulled over. I even know of one that is escorted home or driven home from a local tavern.

Anonymous said...

Monroe should have got time but I will speak no more on that. No dwi driver intends to kill anyone. They all think that won't happen to me I'm a better driver than that or I'm not that drunk or worst of all I'm 10 foot tall and bulletproof. I speak from the misguided experience of my youth. My friends and I didn't worry about being caught as we knew at worst we would get probation. The consequences did not scare us as we knew we would kill or injure no one and we would not go to jail. We will never deter all drunk drivers but if the punishment is severe enough we can deter some. Eight years deters a hell of a lot more drunks than probation. Had the last person got eight years maybe this guy would have just stayed home and got drunk.

Anonymous said...

Addiction is an incredible thing to conquer...........but it can be done.........usually with intermitting relapses along the way.

Anonymous said...

Agreed that addiction is hard to beat as I fight my tobacco addiction. However this case is not about addiction. McDuff could, prior to his conviction, legally drink all the alcohol he wanted and be guilty of nothing as long as he did not drive while intoxicated. McDuff is guilty of DRIVING while intoxicated not just being intoxicated or suffering from an addiction.

Anonymous said...

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW THIS GUY GETS 8 YEARS AND THE LADY THAT HIT JACKIE GETS PROBATION, WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

Anonymous said...

AGREED! Where is the justice in that?

Anonymous said...

5:24 I think you are spouting old info. they are staying in longer currently, i guess due to the current climate of society. just because they are eligible for parole, does not mean that they will be paroled.

Anonymous said...

The man who served six months on the two year sentence was within the last year. The attorney who represented the man told me the story.