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  • Fireflies Rock Jan 30, 2013

    why does the lack of a prior record preclude a longer sentence? Do you think it matters to the dead boy or his family whether this man had a record or not when he broke the law and killed the child? I would be very upset if I were the family, to know that a 6-17 MONTH sentence is what happens when a child - innocent of doing anything - dies

  • Sweet summertime Jan 30, 2013

    Here we go again with the legal and illegal issue. I have to admit his sentence isn't acceptable, but we have to understand that this could happen to anyone hispanic, white or black so please keep your racial comments to yourselves.

  • kermit60 Jan 30, 2013

    17 months for driving illegally and killing a child. You can get 12 for killing your neighbors dog. Doesn't say much for the value this judge and DA put on a child.

  • goosiepop4csr Jan 30, 2013

    This man took a life,so he should get life,this young boy's life was taken away way to early,what has happened to our justice system,I don't care what color he is it's just not right,my point is he should not have been driving period,and his time is way to short for the death of a beautiful 12 year old boy.my thought's and prayer's are with the family,may he rest in peace,God Bless.

  • pipcolt Jan 29, 2013

    What a bunch of bull from the Superior Court Judge Winston Gilchrist. 17 months for a childs life. The child was 12 years old, say he would have lived to be 72. thats 60 years taken away from that child and that man only has to serve 17 months. the man had total disregard for our laws in this country when he put himself behind the wheel. Superior Court Judge Winston Gilchrist should be kicked off the bench for this low amount of time to serve.

  • zenonx6 Jan 29, 2013

    A 17 month vacation......Won't have to lift a finger. All paid for....................................................

  • bubbba Jan 29, 2013

    I was in Mexico not to long ago. The driving there is much different, not nearly as safe. No excuse for poor driving here, although I don't believe he was out to hurt anyone. He has to live with this just as you or I. The more people here, the more accidents and crime. Just a fact. Sorry for all involved, especially the child that lost his life.

  • JenA Jan 29, 2013

    I agree that the death of this little boy is too sad to fathom. Six to seventeen months in prison certainly does not seem to be enough. However, to assume this man is here illegally is racist and besides the point. The point is that justice seems so unfair and unjust in this case. May this little boy rest in peace!

  • NiceNSmooth Jan 29, 2013

    Think about the sheriff in Alamance Co being threatened and sued for his alleged propensity to stop latinos. Then think about how quick you are (or not) to scream racism about such things.

    That sheriff should be sued until he stops racially profiling Hispanics... because US citizens were being targeted

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Jan 29, 2013

    This was a horrible accident. He wasn't speeding, he wasn't drunk, he simply didn't see the flashing lights on the school bus. Haven't we all, at some point, realized we overlooked something while driving, and were thankful it didn't cause an accident?

    Before you crank up the electric chair, why don't you ask what you're reaction would be if it were a 60 year old white grandmother?
    thinkb4youspeak

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    That's one of the most ridiculous posts I've ever read. Had he been following the law he wouldn't have been in the driver's seat and that boy would still be alive. And just because authorities estimate he wasn't speeding that doesn't mean he wasn't. Neither of you were there. As for your "white grandmother" question, if she broke the law and it resulted in a childs death she too should be punished accordingly. 17 months would be nothing less than a joke in either case. You drive early in the morning, you look out for buses. They have flippin' strobe lights on

  • dipenkara Jan 29, 2013

    He killed a little boy and will be back out on the road in a year and a half at the most.

  • Wendellcatlover Jan 29, 2013

    This was absolutely murder(not accident), nothing less. 6-17 months for murder is pitiful.

  • thinkb4youspeak Jan 29, 2013

    His license was expired. @Onelove, he actually claims the lights weren't flashing as he approached, the boy's family/friends all said the lights were on. If you ever see a bus approach a stop, I think you would agree that the lights come on and the sign goes out very quickly. In a 55 MPH zone (as this was), a brief distraction can make the difference between seeing it and stopping, and not seeing it and having to swerve. I'm not saying he shouldn't be punished, but I don't think the comment lynch mob should be rushing to judgment.

  • babedan Jan 29, 2013

    think4youspeak, stop with the bleeding heart, ask yourself what if it was your child he killed would you be ok with 6 to 17 months? He passed a school bus and killed a kid, had no drivers license, so he shouldn't have been behind the wheel of a car and is probably illegal, meaning if he had been in his country this kid would have been alive today. It's people like you with their bleeding hearts, that has this country sprialing down a path of destruction.

  • babedan Jan 29, 2013

    Nice to know killing a kid is worth 17 months. I guess Adam Lanza would have gotten only about 36 years then with parole he would have served about 10 of those, only in the state of North Carolina.

  • SFSOLDIER Jan 29, 2013

    Is ol' Fernando Ortiz-Soto here legally? But wait, it does not matter anymore! Your "president" is fixing to make all of them citizens.

  • Terkel Jan 29, 2013

    Think about the sheriff in Alamance Co being threatened and sued for his alleged propensity to stop latinos. Then think about how quick you are (or not) to scream racism about such things. This is why he's only getting 6-17 months.

    How many more will die because of political correctness?

  • mojridingrb Jan 29, 2013

    another fine example of the no accountability for criminal actions of the broken justice system

  • godshelper Jan 29, 2013

    Had he been obeying the law and not operating a motor vehicle without being licensed by the Division of Motor Vehicles then this targedy would not have occurred. Guess we are suppose to say he is a victim of circumstance and give him a break huh?

  • dryjr Jan 29, 2013

    thinkb4youspeak-was it an accident he didn't have a lisc.?

  • dryjr Jan 29, 2013

    so no lisc. killed a boy and gets 6-17 mos., sickening

  • OneLove Jan 29, 2013

    he simply didn't see the flashing lights on the school bus. - If you can't see flashing lights on a school bus in the dawn morning hour, you should not be driving. PERIOD.

  • thinkb4youspeak Jan 29, 2013

    This was a horrible accident. He wasn't speeding, he wasn't drunk, he simply didn't see the flashing lights on the school bus. Haven't we all, at some point, realized we overlooked something while driving, and were thankful it didn't cause an accident?

    Before you crank up the electric chair, why don't you ask what you're reaction would be if it were a 60 year old white grandmother?

  • airbornemonty Jan 29, 2013

    Seventeen months, unbelievable! What must a criminal do to get the maximum time in prison, kill a politician?

  • abylelab -BT- Jan 29, 2013

    agreed, why is the penalty not much much more severe?

  • SouthernPackerFan Jan 29, 2013

    Superior Court Judge Winston Gilchrist sentenced him to between six and 17 months in prison, saying that his lack of prior criminal record precluded a longer sentence.

    you see this is were the problem lies, should have no bearing on the sentence, it should be revoked for life and at least 10 years

  • jlh4jdj Jan 29, 2013

    I say when the family can have their child back in good health he gets out of prison.

  • myideas Jan 29, 2013

    And so the problem with our judicial system. 12 year Kempf's sentence forever. Ortiz-Soto driving without a license and passing a stopped school bus 6-17 mnths. He will be out in 6. So what if he has no prior record. He killed a child and shouldn't have been driving to start with. If he doesn't know the law about passing a school bus he should pay dearly for his ignorance.

  • sctech Jan 29, 2013

    Should be no less than life w/o parole!

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