(MY) Family Demands Tougher Penalties for Drunk-driving Fatalities

So today my family and I sat in the courtroom and watched this person plead guilty, without a trial by jury (because he knows he would have been fried)! This PUNK KILLED my 8 year old cousin on MOTHER’S DAY!!!! He was driving on a SUSPENDED license from a PREVIOUS DUI (ummm), had a BAC of DOUBLE the legal limit AND…he had COCAINE in his system!!!!! WHAT!!!

He pled guilty to the charge of….AGGRAVATED INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER, LET ME REPEAT, INVOLUNTARY.MANSLAUGHTER!!! Which, get this only carries a sentence of…20 years!!! Pretty sad considering the gentleman sentenced before him may possibly get 10-30 years for…POSSESSION OF WEED!!! huh?!?!?!? I’m scratching my head in digust at this!!! Justice needs to be served!!! JUSTICE!

READ THE STORY AND WATCH THE VIDEO

Family Demands Tougher Penalties for Drunk-driving Fatalities

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MANASSAS, Va. – The family of an 8-year-old boy who was killed in a drunk driving crash last year watched the defendant plead guilty Tuesday. But it wasn’t enough, they said.

Rodney Martin, 22, admitted he was under the influence and pleaded guilty to aggravated involuntary manslaughter in the Mother’s Day 2008 death of 8-year-old Joshua Adams. Martin faces up to 20 years behind bars at his sentencing on July 30.

“Nothing can replace my little brother, no matter what time they give this man,” Joshua’s brother, Mathew Green, said
“None of that can replace the pain I feel in my heart and my family’s heart,” Adams’ brother, Mathew Green, said. “It’s all for nothing.”

“This guy was drinking and driving and he killed my friend,” added Jordan Rigney.

Joshua’s family said its new mission to strengthen the Commonwealth’s penalties for fatal drunk-driving crashes.

“The Virginia law is just very lax,” Joshua’s mother, Darlene Adams, said. “You can get up to twenty years. They don’t look at it as murdering someone but a life is lost.”

Ms. Adams says Tuesday’s hearing dragged up painful memories of that Mother’s Day morning, when she, Joshua and Mathew were on their way to church in a minivan, which was rear-ended by Martin’s SUV in Gainesville.

Prosecutors said Martin was traveling 70 mph in a 55 zone, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 — nearly twice the legal limit —  and tested positive for cocaine. Martin’s license had already been suspended for a previous DUI infraction, prosecutors said.

“It was a nightmare coming back to life again, having to hear the accident again, seeing his broken body in the van,” Adams said.

http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0209/593676_video.html – WATCH THE VIDEO!!!!!!!!!

 

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3 Responses to “(MY) Family Demands Tougher Penalties for Drunk-driving Fatalities”

  1. Raven Says:

    wow B. the justice system is so flawed, 20 years for a murder of an innocent child is such a disgrace, especially when the man had a previous DUI. I hope your family does make some progress in getting tougher penalties–in the memory of Joshua and for everyone else’s sake!

  2. shakaama Says:

    Las Vegas DUI Attorney

    Supposedly Obama is going to decriminalize Marijuana. The hemp plant has many benefits besides [my word] idiots getting high.

    Involuntary Manslaughter. Hmm something is a bit off. It should be felony DUI with aggravated manslaughter

    … ok just looked it up on my website. Let me calculate it for ya.

    20 years for the felony DUI +

    aggravated manslaughter another 20 years = 40 years and he would not be elligible for parole until at least the entire first sentence and part of the second were served that’s at least 30 years.

    Make sure you go to civil court. [but i’m not giving you legal advice]

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