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Man pleads guilty in waiter's death

Posted December 16, 2008

— A Raleigh man was sentenced Tuesday to at least 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to a killing a Cary man in a drunken-driving wreck nine months ago.

Kenya Teveris Alston, 32, of 247 Big Oak St., pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Matthew Paul Kraft.

Police said Alston was driving drunk on March 1 when he slammed into the back of Kraft's car at more than 70 mph at the intersection of Rock Quarry and Proctor roads.

Kraft, 21, a waiter at a Cary's Chili's, died the next day at WakeMed.

As part of the plea agreement, authorities dropped charges of speeding to elude an officer, driving while impaired and hit and run.


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  • Mr. Middle of the Road Dec 17, 2008

    Trixie, don't you dare to presume that I have not lost a loved one to a drunken driver because I have.
    And overindulgenc in alcohol is wrong. It is selfish, and it hurts those around you and obviously can hurt others. I never said legislature was the answer, I said we need a change in mindset so that people don't over indulge and then get behind the wheel of an auto. Then there would be no need for this argument as to what punishment is suitable for the crime. We have plenty of legislature out there right now, and beleive it or not, it is enforced. That is obviously not the answer.

  • Trixie Dec 17, 2008

    Mr. Middle of the Road - I don't quite get your point. This man killed someone with his car. He should be imprisoned to the max the law will allow. Just like all murderers. It's not about revenge, it's about justice. If your loved one was killed by a drunk driver you wouldn't want them put away for as long as possible? He gets 13 years but the kid got death.

  • HillBilly Dec 17, 2008

    Middle of the Road says society is to blame for his drunken driving. He did the drinking and driving and he alone is to blame. Long time in jail? He will be out in no time driving without insurance or a license and drunk behind the wheel.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 17, 2008

    Mr. Middle of the Road said "...over indulgence in alcohol is never acceptable..." Wrong! LOL What my liver and I do is not up for society's "acceptance". Why do some people feel compelled to legislate their "morality" on things like this? It's like telling people they can't smoke a weed growing naturally in their own back yard. We already have reckless driving laws, we need only enforce them regardless of the cause (e.g. cell phone, bratty child in back seat, drunk, stoned, adjusting radio, etc.)

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Dec 17, 2008

    anne, its obvious the life of the victim and the victims family are ruined. That is not an issue. Why do you think either putting this guy in prison longer or executing him will help the vics family? Revenge? Closure? It does neither. Are you naive enough to think a long sentence for him will discourage others from driving drunk? And raggy, so you want to give hime more time and in that paradise prison you describe? And pay for it? That makes a lot of sense.

  • raggy831 Dec 17, 2008

    His life is not ruined! He will get FREE food, clothes, education, health insurance,a dry place to sleep, and the list goes on for the next 6.5 to 13 years...and guess who is paying for it!

  • anne53ozzy Dec 16, 2008

    "His life is ruined" ?....You have got to be kidding! The lives in ruins are those of the friends and lovved ones of the victim here. Grow up and get your priorities straight.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Dec 16, 2008

    Okay, he serves 6.5 years at DOC. Its a felony. No jobs waiting for him and someones death hanging over him. Who is possibly served by keeping him incarcerated for another 50 years or so? Not the dead man. And I doubt it will deter anyone else from drinking and driving. My point is, the court really can't lay a heavy enough penalty on someone who does something like this. Its not teh courts fault people drink and drive. It is society's fault.

  • ranquick Dec 16, 2008

    I am one who does not agree with the Murder Degrees. If you kill someone then who is to judge the degree, the person is still murdered by the person. 13 years and with good behavior he will be out soon for killing someone.

  • Hmmmmmm Dec 16, 2008

    It's a joke because he chose to drink and drive and it cost someone their life. 13 years for that is a joke. He will probably only serve half of that.