Jail sentence for drunk driving or rehab?

Katherine - posted on 05/28/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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There was this article in the paper this morning, and I'm thinking maybe this woman is an alcoholic and needs help. She ruined lives, but is 25 years going to "show" her? I really want some input on this for my own personal reasons too.

http://www.freep.com/article/20100528/NE...

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Sarah - posted on 05/28/2010

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Well, that brought tears to my eyes!

The woman who killed those kids did look remorseful, and yes, it was a "mistake" and yes, she had a troubled upbringing. However, i believe that the jail sentence is what she deserves. I also think that ANY driver who gets behind the wheel drunk, and kills a person, should be sentenced to the maximum amount.



Too often these days, people are hurt or killed in drink driving incidents, and the perpetrator is let off SO lightly! I would hope that this kind of sentence might make some people think twice. Though i'm sure it won't be a huge deterrent to some hardcore drinkers, but if it makes one person stop and think, then it's worth it.

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Becky - posted on 05/28/2010

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I have a hard time feeling any sympathy for her. Her rough childhood was no excuse for ending the childhoods of 4 teens! I find it pretty hard to feel sorry for anyone who chooses to drink and then get behind the wheel. Sorry if that seems lacking in compassion, but I think she deserves every minute of her sentence. I would think that rehab would be available to her in prison, would it not?

Suzette - posted on 05/28/2010

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Maybe I'm insensitive, but I don't feel sorry for her. I had a rough childhood too, I'm not out there drinking & driving. I'm not using drugs. I'm not using my past as a crutch for stupidity.

Sidenote: I did do stupid things in my teenage years and then I grew the hell up and got help. People who have issues with their past and the things that it can drive them to do know that therapy exists. Then there are those who would rather use the excuse to 'mask their pain' and do things like this woman did. That's when you pay the ultimate price because you do stupid things and you wind up hurting other people, either by doing what she did or just alienating yourself from your family. Now she has to pay, there is no reason for what she did that's good enough. It's selfish and it's stupid, if I could realize what I was doing at 15 yrs old, she damn well knew better at 48 yrs old.

It's an excuse on the part of her lawyer to dredge up anything he can to attempt to get her off with a lighter sentence, that's the way I see it.

As far as rehab, they offer help in prisons. She'll get help if she's finally decided to care enough about her life, and others. She'll also likely get time off for good behavior from the rehab too. Frankly, the good behavior thing just pisses me off in instances like this.

Kelly - posted on 05/28/2010

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She deserves every minute of that sentence, and then some. It is not the job of the police to babysit 48 year olds and take their keys. She is an adult, and regardless if she had a crappy childhood, she knew better than to get in a car and drive, especially if she had "blacked out" earlier that day. More than likely, this isn't the first time she got behind the wheel when she was intoxicated. Those four kids are dead because of her, and their families will probably never recover. My heart goes out to them, not the selfish twit who murdered them.

*Lisa* - posted on 05/28/2010

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I agree that the sentence is more for giving justice to the grieving families.

Regret is a hard thing to carry around for the rest of your life. I really really hope people learn from her mistakes! Make a change now instead of putting it off! Get help today instead of saying 'tomorrow'.

Katherine - posted on 05/28/2010

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I was just going to say she is probably in the system and that pisses me off. She should have been in rehab earlier like Lisa said. The cops SHOULD have taken her keys.



Shoulda woulda coulda....

Sharon - posted on 05/28/2010

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That is no excuse. It sucks.

I can't watch the video this morning but I'll bet she has a history of drinking & probably driving.

She knew her childhood sucked, she knew she was using drinking as a crutch. She knew all this and still killed someone.


In this case, prison isn't "showing her" or teaching her a lesson. This will give justice to the grieving family.

Sarah - posted on 05/28/2010

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Apparently, someone tried to stop from driving earlier on in the day, she kicked off, so they called the police, who told her she was NOT to drive under any circumstances.

Those same policemen were the first to arrive at the scene.

Perhaps they should of made more of an effort to prevent her driving, like take her keys or something!
It's tragic, but i still say she deserves maximum sentence.

*Lisa* - posted on 05/28/2010

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I really wish this woman would have gotten rehab earlier. Then those kids would still be alive, and she would not have a life in jail to look forward to. I really hope people learn from her situation.

Sarah - posted on 05/28/2010

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Yeah, i knew you didn't mean just rehab :)
I would still give her the maximum sentence though, i feel a lesser sentence would be "getting off lightly".
Don't think i'm making much sense today! lol

Katherine - posted on 05/28/2010

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Oh no, not JUST rehab, jail time too. If I would have done something like that........wow

Sarah - posted on 05/28/2010

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The thing is i guess, that if you start "letting people off lightly" just because they have an addiction, or a rough childhood, then you're opening it up for SO many people to use that as an excuse for their actions. Lot's of people have similar tales to tell as she did, i don't really see at it as a "get out clause".
4 young kids died, and she needs to be punished for it.

Also, whose to decide what constitutes a "rough childhood" ? As i said, is a rough childhood, a reason to let people off more lightly for their crimes?

Katherine - posted on 05/28/2010

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Yes, she did and it was a heinous crime. I just think she needs rehab too.

Dana - posted on 05/28/2010

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I think she deserves 22 1/2 yrs to 25 yrs. She killed four people. She also looks old enough to know that you don't drink and drive. It's tragic, but it's life, deal with your mistakes.

Katherine - posted on 05/28/2010

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Do you think that maybe rehab would have helped her though instead of sending her directly to jail? Maybe imposing MANDATORY rehab and jail time, for alcoholics and people in her situation. My heart just goes out to her being recovering. I just know I would have wanted the chance at least to get the help I needed.

*Lisa* - posted on 05/28/2010

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Wow that was really intense! The video was incredibly sad! I actually really felt for the woman that killed those kids. She looked really remorseful. By the time she gets out of jail she will be 70 years old. She obviously made a terrible mistake. I think there needs to be a harsh penalty for drink driving though. But even though she has a jail sentence to 'sit and think about what she did', she already looks like she has learnt her lesson. The article mentioned her troubled upbringing and turning to alcohol. Unfortunately that is not uncommon these days. And while it is really sad, I still feel that there needed to be a consequence for her decision to drive so drunk. Arrgh. Very sad from both angles!!

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