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Case of man sentenced to 50 years in DWI goes before state's top court

Posted July 16, 2008

On Sept. 8, the North Carolina State Supreme Court will hear an appeal in the case of Kenneth Maready, who was sentenced to 50 years in prison for causing a wreck while driving drunk.

An appeals court ordered a new trial for Maready in January, saying that previous DWI convictions should not have been used as evidence against him.

The court said prosecutors "allowed foregoing evidence to establish malice” in Maready's first trial for his role in the death of Kay Stokes, 61, in 2005.

Maready's blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit in February 2005, Durham police said, when he stole a car, fled from deputies who had pulled him over and crashed into a pickup truck Stokes was driving.

At the time of the crash, Maready had a revoked driver's license and six DWI convictions on his record.


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  • Travised Jul 17, 2008

    Fifty years? You want the BURDEN of housing, medical, food, clothing, transportation, legal, ALL OF HIS EXPENSES for the next 50 years to be picked up by the taxpayer? If all they can get him on is DWI/DUI then give him 15 years PLUS probation. Lets not waste money on giving him a hotel to live in for 50 on the taxpayers dime.

  • BlueSkys Jul 17, 2008

    I am thankful that my daughter survived the crash.
    I hate that this might go back to Court,but if it does my family will be their.
    I hate to see him again,I am dreading re-living the emotions of my mom's death.
    My mom did NOT deserve to die like this!

  • mrr03 Jul 17, 2008

    I don't mid the courts hearing the case..Just don't let him out of prison to drive again.

  • OrdinaryCitizen Jul 17, 2008

    "six DWI convictions on his record."

    I can't even stick up for the guy. He already had 5 warnings.
    After the first he should known.
    I would have preferred to have him do AA meetings, treatments(all paid by him and not the state), drug testing(paide by him), short jail time and community service after the first one. Your on your own if you get a 2nd DUI.

  • discowhale Jul 17, 2008

    Several things come to mind.

    ONE: some of you need to acquaint yourselves with the court system. We all have a right to appeal any convictions against us. Read the NC Constitution, and U.S. Constitution. This could go to a U.S. District Court next.

    TWO: Maready is 44 or 45 now, 50 years IS life in prison. This is a combined sentence. It's for killing someone and stealing a car and alluding and running from the police.

    Three: happymom, all our courts are absolutely packed with liberal judges, who base their opinions on "feelings" and NOT on OUR written law. They are ruling based on European and Japanese legal precedents. You may be unapologetic, but you also seem to be uninformed. Read the news everyday and it's there, by there own admittance. You said,
    "They also look at the validity of the law "on its face" to determine whether or not it violates state and federal Constitutional protections."
    Oh, really? Where does the 2nd Amendment mention gun locks or dis-assembly?

  • TheAdmiral Jul 17, 2008

    50 years for a serial felon sounds reasonable.

  • redant Jul 17, 2008

    WRAL got the headline wrong this time. He didn't get 50 years simply for a DWI as the headline implies.

  • dogman1973 Jul 17, 2008

    See legal citizens get made examples of and illegals get slaps on the wrist! I am all for this idiot getting 50 years but they need to do the same for illegals who drink, drive and kill to0!

  • Vincenzo R. Abacus Jul 17, 2008

    50 years?!? He should get life without the possibility of parole.

  • yacs Jul 17, 2008

    Glad they got this one right!