redwhiteandmaize

December 8th, 2012 at 3:52 PM ^

I hope the court actually lays down the law on this one.Im tired of hearing about incidents like this involving celebrities/athletes and nothing to little is done.Use this guy as example.

tenerson

December 8th, 2012 at 3:54 PM ^

That's great in theory but I would guess in every community things like this happen and people still drink a drive. The fact of the matter is even if you make an "example" out of someone it doesn't resinate with anyone. It comes down to personal responsibility, especially with this subject and unfortunately, not everyone will make the right decisions. 

jtmc33

December 8th, 2012 at 5:03 PM ^

Knowing you killed one of your best friends is a harsher sentence than any jail time. Sometimes you have to consider the human factor into every crime. I think others feeling pain and empathy for both families, and even for the driver, is more of a deterrent than knowing the driver went to jail. Of course, IMO, if the driver has any priors with drugs or alcohol then you throw the book at him

We knew a family friend who's cousin killed her twin sister while drunk driving. The county decided not to press charges. No one in the community was upset over that decision.

IncrediblySTIFF

December 8th, 2012 at 7:05 PM ^

How is that fair to the person being made into an example.  Not trying to justify his actions, I lost a friend eight days a go to an eerily similar situation.  Just saying, how would it be fair to slap a 20 year sentence on this guy when the standard is 2?  I am sure that he did not intend to kill his friend.

Once again, I am not trying to justify what happened.  I am just not interested in burning someone at the cross to "make them an example."

BloomingtonBlue

December 8th, 2012 at 4:11 PM ^

I played high school football with Josh Brent. Small Catholic school in Bloomington, IL. Him and Michael Ho who now plays for the patriots. This was inevitable unfortunately. He could never stay out of trouble. Thoughts and prayers go out to everybody involved.

TheGhostofYost

December 8th, 2012 at 6:00 PM ^

Given the technologies that car companies are coming up with for alcohol detection, I do think/hope that eventually we will see few deaths from drunk driving.  If it's cheap, there's no reason not to have a simple detection system on every new car.

Sione's Flow

December 8th, 2012 at 7:52 PM ^

Actually that wouldn't work people would just get someone else to do the deed for them and then drive off drunk.  There's stories in the news about habitual drunk drivers that had those devices on their cars, they would get a sober friend to do the test so they could start their car.