Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I’ve included two articles in one post because in both crimes the convictions were the same but the punishments were far from being the same. The NFL player, charged with manslauter, received 30 days in jail while the 17 year old teen received 23 years without parole. Did the punishment fit the crime? Comments welcomed.
MIAMI — The NFL and the Cleveland Browns are reviewing the charges against wide receiver Donte Stallworth, who is accused of killing a pedestrian while driving his Bentley drunk after a night out at a posh South Beach hotel.
Excerpt [ Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle cited Stallworth’s lack of previous criminal record, cooperation with police and willingness to accept “For all of these reasons, a just resolution of this case has been reached,” Rundle said. ] End of excerpt
Stallworth also reached a confidential financial settlement to avoid a potential lawsuit from the family of 59-year-old Mario Reyes, according to Stallworth attorney Christopher Lyons. Reyes was struck and killed March 14 by Stallworth, Stallworth, 28, told Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy that he hopes to get involved in drunken driving education programs.
“I accept full responsibility for this horrible tragedy,” said Stallworth, who was accompanied at the hearing by his parents, siblings and other supporters. “I will bear this burden for the rest of my life.”
Stallworth faced 15 years in prison. After his release from jail, Stallworth [ Full story ]
Ohio Teen Gets 23 Years in Prison for killing mother over video game
ELYRIA, Ohio — A northeast Ohio teen who shot and killed his mother and wounded his minister father was sentenced Tuesday to 23 years in prison for crimes rooted in his obsession with video games with violent themes.
Daniel Petric, 17, who could have gotten life without parole, shook his head slightly, sniffled and held back tears but sat down without saying a word when given the chance by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge.
Petric’s eyes were red from crying when his father, Mark Petric, asked the judge to be lenient and said his son regrets killing his mother and reminds his father often that he is glad his father survived.
“He’s told me that many times,” said Mark Petric. As for his mother, Daniel Petric’s frequent comment is “Dad, I miss mom. I miss mom,” the father said.
“He still does not understand why he did something so terrible,” Mark Petric told the judge. [ continue ]