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  • luv4ubaskets Jan 16, 11:14 a.m.

    Unbelievable! I guarantee this isn't the first time this drunk/addict has drove under the influence. I bet with good behavior she will be out in 2 years. The judge should have ordered the victim's picture be plastered all over her jailroom wall.

  • TarHeel4Real Jan 15, 8:33 a.m.

    It is absurd that the most she will spend in jail is 3 years for taking a life. I agree that driving drunk is like firing a gun into a crowd, and the punishment should be harder. People know when they have had too much to drink and shouldn't drive, but they CHOOSE to do it anyway. If you drive drunk, it should be treated like assault. If you caused a wreck, it should be treated as attempted murder. And if you kill someone, it should be treated like 2nd degree murder at the very least.

  • HisLoVe Jan 14, 1:51 p.m.

    slap on the wrist for her. Just like Raymond Cook who killed the ballerina while driving drunk. Its sickening especially since you dont have to drive when you drink. Selfish acts.

  • mac240 Jan 14, 1:14 p.m.

    I guess your sentence depends who you are who you kill.

    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/stone-mountain-woman-pleads-guilty-in-crash-that-k/nTsxh/

  • hp277 Jan 14, 9:14 a.m.

    "The only way we'll ever see a reduction in people killed by drunk drivers is if we get tougher!

    If you drink and drive and cause an accident in which someone was hurt, it should be considered assault with a deadly weapon and treated no differently than if you fired a gun into a crowd.

    If you drink and drive and kill someone, it should be a 2nd degree murder charge... I'd like to say 1st degree, but that'd be harder to stick."
    Pepe Silvia

    Well said. Should be treated the same as gun violence.

  • hp277 Jan 14, 9:11 a.m.

    "...was sentenced to 25 to 42 months in prison, with seven months' credit for time served, on charges of felony death by motor vehicle and felony serious injury by motor vehicle."

    Ridiculously weak sentence. If she was using a gun instead of a car, she'd be in jail for a decade or more.

  • chrisnrali Jan 11, 7:24 p.m.

    Alcohol has severely altered and destroyed millions of lives in the last decade alone. I enjoy the occasional drink but I would stand with anyone to convince our lawmakers to ban alcohol completely! We can't even count how many diseases have spread, unintended pregnancies or drunken beatings have occurred because of alcohol. I have watched it absolutely ruin people and their families lives. When will everyone march on washington and demand our leaders to do something about that???
    seankelly, your ignorance is clearly obvious with your remark. Do some research and stop listening to npr.

  • jacksun48 Jan 11, 7:23 p.m.

    Just goes to show how little value we place on innocent human life in this country. Drive drunk, kill someone, and spend a year or two in jail and go free. Wow! And they call this 'justice'?

  • seankelly15 Jan 11, 7:20 p.m.

    USAF20YR Ret - "In 2011, 9,878 people died in drunk driving crashes - one every 53 minutes. In 2011 - the latest year for which detailed statistics are available - there were 12,664 murders in the US. Of those, 8,583 were caused by firearms."

    Not sure where you got those numbers, but in 2007, there were 31,000 deaths by guns. Of those approximately 17,000 were suicides leaving over 12,000 murders. So the number of drunk driving related deaths (your numbers come from MADD - an advocacy group - not an independent reporting agency) are 3000 less than murders using firearms. If one considers ALL deaths by firearms, the number is three times the number of drunk drivers. Good attempt at misrepresentation though.

  • seankelly15 Jan 11, 7:10 p.m.

    workingforthosethatwont - "more people died from automobile crashes than guns, when will the politicians ban cars?"

    Your comment is untrue as much as it reflects a certain level of ignorance.

  • monami Jan 11, 7:05 p.m.

    When she gets out, she needs to have an alcohol detector device on any vehicle she operates. I don't know how to enforce that, but in my opinion based on what I know, she will drive drunk again. She needs a strong AA sponsor. I hope she cleans up permanently for her own sake and that of the public.

  • workingforthosethatwont Jan 11, 6:31 p.m.

    more people died from automobile crashes than guns, when will the politicians ban cars?

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 11, 6:01 p.m.

    Yep there is a strong chance she'll see an early release base on the sytem, but not matter, that won't stop the five years that she'll have to report to jail for 24 hours.

  • CuriousT Jan 11, 5:28 p.m.

    I'm surprised the sentences weren't consecutive instead of concurrent. She will get off lightly, but will "suffer the consequences" for a long time to come.

    At some point, maybe she will take responsibility for her own life and turn it around. This is about as bad a "wake up call" as a person can get.....and still be walking around.

    I hope that his sister's grief will be somewhat eased in knowing that this woman didn't get off completely.

  • USAF20YR Ret Jan 11, 5:20 p.m.

    In 2011, 9,878 people died in drunk driving crashes - one every 53 minutes.
    In 2011 - the latest year for which detailed statistics are available - there were 12,664 murders in the US. Of those, 8,583 were caused by firearms.
    So, based on this, Biden should be trying to ban alcohol, not guns.
    The clowns in Washington need to get their priorities straight.

  • superman Jan 11, 4:54 p.m.

    The judge was right. Dont think anyone agrees with his sentence. An accident is bad enough but add to that the person was drunk --she deserved much for time. Had she not been drunk the sentence might have been more fair. Our political system as well as our judicial system has hit bottom.

  • jmrado47 Jan 11, 4:50 p.m.

    The new governor has to get tough on these people who drink and cause a fatality. There should be some mandatory minimum sentences which will prevent the judge from lowering the penalties.

  • Terkel Jan 11, 4:38 p.m.

    "You're right that she'll be out, but I highly doubt she'll have a "perfect little world." She will always have a lot of guilt and regret dogging her." mayhem

    I doubt that. She'll be told she's a victim, she has a disease, and be provided a grief counselor for her damaged self-esteem. And before anyone says it, alcoholism may cause uncontrolled drinking but it doesn't make you drive.

  • makeitright Jan 11, 4:36 p.m.

    Who is watching these judges that pass this kind of sentence?
    what a shame. The laws and punishment for crimes are crazy anymore.

  • bubbba Jan 11, 4:28 p.m.

    don't understand a justice system that can give a short sentence for something this serious and you read about more time given for far less serious crimes.
    panthers
    January 11, 2013 3:22 p.m.
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    You obviously didnt follow the trial of a Wake Co. Judge that received a "reprimand" a few weeks ago.

  • lumberman Jan 11, 4:27 p.m.

    Ban cars and booze ! Where is the outrage ??

  • Wendellcatlover Jan 11, 4:17 p.m.

    So is that what a life is worth these days...less than 3 years in jail? Amazing!

  • outdoor592000 Jan 11, 4:03 p.m.

    All this talk about guns..........a lot easier to get alcohol, can buy if you are crazy, drunk, irate, threatning, etc.....so long as you are of age. Time she got was nothing compared to the other guy who is dead!

  • so you dont like my opinion ok Jan 11, 4:02 p.m.

    Sorry for this poor man's family, how sad. Seriously people, there are rapists and murderer's who get less time than this and you talk like she is one of those, who hasn't driven over the limit, what a bunch of hypocrits you are. She probably didn't intentionally kill this man, 23 years old, bad decisions and now she has to pay for them and rightly so but seriously don't call her a cold blooded murderer, that is ridiculous...

  • Lamborghini Mercy Jan 11, 4:00 p.m.

    Before the judge made this decision they should have thought long and hard about the message this will send to other drunk and dangerous drivers?

  • Pepe Silvia Jan 11, 3:54 p.m.

    The only way we'll ever see a reduction in people killed by drunk drivers is if we get tougher!

    If you drink and drive and cause an accident in which someone was hurt, it should be considered assault with a deadly weapon and treated no differently than if you fired a gun into a crowd.

    If you drink and drive and kill someone, it should be a 2nd degree murder charge... I'd like to say 1st degree, but that'd be harder to stick.

  • RespectLife Jan 11, 3:54 p.m.

    You have got to be kidding! No wonder there are so many drunk drivers, there is no punishment for even the death they bring to other families.

  • hollylama Jan 11, 3:53 p.m.

    25 to 42 months? I'm sorry but I have to wonder what the sentence would be if there roles were reversed.

  • stanleystevens Jan 11, 3:52 p.m.

    I'm sure it was only an accident. Think of it as a way of population control.

  • mayhem Jan 11, 3:49 p.m.

    This murderer will be out within 24 months and be able to have a full life and get a job and no one in her perfect little world will ever suspect that she is a cold blooded killer with no soul.
    Its the who what

    You're right that she'll be out, but I highly doubt she'll have a "perfect little world." She will always have a lot of guilt and regret dogging her.

  • jcf2286 Jan 11, 3:45 p.m.

    Someone needs to follow the money trail of DWI Defense attorneys and NC Judges.

  • baldchip Jan 11, 3:44 p.m.

    Is that all??? Am I the only one that sees a problem thith 35
    monthes in jail?? She was drunk-double drunk-and didn't stop!!!

    6-10 years minimum!!

  • tdouble232323 Jan 11, 3:44 p.m.

    Thoughts go out to the family of Mr. Bajani. It must be incredibly frustrating to see such little punishment for what amounts to murder.

  • Its the who what Jan 11, 3:43 p.m.

    She will never make restitution to his family and will probably be able to drive again once she gets out. She will lay in prison and be not be required to do anything with her life. She probably had nothing to say for herself at sentencing.

  • jcf2286 Jan 11, 3:39 p.m.

    Apparently, the outage over the light sentence the Ballarena killer received had no impact on the jucicial system of NC.

  • Sassy_Lady919 Jan 11, 3:39 p.m.

    Wow..she killed a man, then fled the scene, and her blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.....only 2-3 years in prison...wow..what a justice system!!!!

  • Its the who what Jan 11, 3:37 p.m.

    The justice system fails again. This murderer will be out within 24 months and be able to have a full life and get a job and no one in her perfect little world will ever suspect that she is a cold blooded killer with no soul.

  • Squidy Jan 11, 3:35 p.m.

    There was no malice in her actions most likely. Don't know if this her first offense either. I sincerely hope she gets treated for her alcohol problem, else you might see her again. Of course she won't in there - just dry time. The disease she may have needs to be looked at carefully (it will not). She made a very bad decision that night and it is gong to cost her dearly as it should. There are a lot of these ticking time bombs on the road - just like her. I would love to see a lot more road blocks late at night to help catch these folks before this happens. Check the DUI issuances on a given day and they are few that get caught. Their sentence is relatively light - fines, suspended license..etc Some get the message, many don't ... I hope she gets some help when she gets out.

  • panthers Jan 11, 3:22 p.m.

    I don't understand a justice system that can give a short sentence for something this serious and you read about more time given for far less serious crimes.

  • tired2 Jan 11, 3:21 p.m.

    DUI laws in NC are weak because many of those lawmakers are protecting themselves if they ever get caught.

  • labluvher Jan 11, 3:15 p.m.

    I am sure there is already a comment in here like this, but REALLY?! ONLY 25-42 MONTHS and 24 hours in jail every year for 5 years after her release?! That is BULL! A man is dead, his family will never see him again, and she gets to parade around jail with a murder under her belt and serve only 2-4 years. SMH. The law's continues to make a mockery of the importance of someone's life.

  • JoJo82 Jan 11, 3:08 p.m.

    Is that Lindsey Lohan? - WGCFV

    I thought the same thing!

  • jimandruby1 Jan 11, 3:04 p.m.

    TOO MANY PEOPLE KILLED BY CAR THAT IS NEXT TO BE TAKEN AWAY LIKE GUNS

  • TarHeelBrit Jan 11, 2:59 p.m.

    Such a short sentance for MURDER. yes that's exactly what I mean. As already mentioned there are alternatives to driving drunk there was no excuse for her apart from she's a spoilt little princess who thinks "it's all bout me".

    This country is getting as bad as the UK when it comes to punishing criminals...just a joke.

  • JDAmbrosio Jan 11, 2:57 p.m.

    There are so many options available instead of driving drunk. There's no excuse. It's sad that this young woman made such a criminal and tragic choice. She should get more jail time than what she's getting. That might serve as a deterrent for others.

  • RainierBeer Jan 11, 2:48 p.m.

    case in point here as to why nc dui laws are so weak. she gets two-three years in prison, barely a slap on the wrist for her crime, sad.

  • PanthersFan45 Jan 11, 2:46 p.m.

    Plea deals are a common theme in a court room .... people argue their way out of speeding tickets for lesser charges every day. The one thing I noticed is that she must return to Jail on the anniversary date of the victims death for 5 years after she completes her sentence. The truth is this is probably the best (maybe I should say harshest) outcome a DA was going to get anyway if this went to trial.

  • FragmentFour Jan 11, 2:44 p.m.

    Ugg. Not near tough enough. Wake County DA's office went soft on this one, big time.

  • Naysayer Jan 11, 2:33 p.m.

    Is that Lindsey Lohan?

  • rrfan Jan 11, 2:32 p.m.

    Safe Ride Home, Triangle Arrive Alive, Piedmont SafeRide. So many options out there to prevent tragedies. So many lives can be changed ina half a second. Please don't drink and drive. There are people out there who will gladly take you and your car home for you.

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