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djofraleigh Feb 15, 1:03 p.m.
Get him off the streets. Living at home might just mean the parents are trying to help him, but how is he getting the money to buy drugs and means to be out at night?
Sentence him to rehab...or jail, let the parents and him take their pick. This guy is probably a victim of that wreck, or it made him worse.
luxurytravel Feb 15, 12:00 p.m.
He still lives at home (based on the addresses reported by WRAL)at aged 24. Enabling parents only fuels the addiction
buford Feb 15, 9:02 a.m.
This is heartbreaking...
Rebelyell55 Feb 14, 7:50 p.m.
Ain't learn nothing has he. I don't even think jail time will straighten this young man out.
miseem Feb 14, 7:42 p.m.
Did someone actually call this an accident? 18 years old, drunk and driving 72 in a 35 (obviously a residential area). Right. It was an accident waiting to happen.
wallsedwin Feb 14, 5:56 p.m.
"WHY? was he allowed BACK out on the roads? A lawsuite waiting to happen."
I don't see anywhere where it says he was allowed back on the roads.
beachboater Feb 14, 5:21 p.m.
Try to give a kid a break, and they just can't accept it. He's had more than enough chance to straighten out and has refused to do so.
Now he needs to be treated like a big boy and do his time.
An accident that took a life should be a very stong wake up call for this guy. I think he had the opportunity to clean up his act, never drink another drop, no drugs, a chance to be a role model. I guess he blew that. Heroin and opiates are pretty big time stuff.
buford Feb 14, 4:31 p.m.
Dr. Newman is an amazing and compassionate woman.
zenonx6 Feb 14, 4:20 p.m.
We need to go all out on the drug problem...
IPayYouPay Feb 14, 4:20 p.m.
WHY? was he allowed BACK out on the roads? A lawsuite waiting to happen.
Rebelyell Feb 14, 4:18 p.m.
Probation and parole. Two ways that money can get you free. When the judge and lawyers tell you not to consider these get out of jail free cards--what do you do? Do you also consider that everyone gets two days credit for each day served, unless they attack someone that day?
JDAmbrosio Feb 14, 4:13 p.m.
Seriously?! He is responsible for someone's death! Regardless of whether the victim chose to get in the car or not, he was impaired and someone died as a result. And now he has a 3rd scrape with the law!? SEND.HIM.AWAY before he kills another innocent person!!!!!!!!!!!! And for those of you who say he has a disease, yes, he sure does, and being locked up just might be the CURE!
whistler411 Feb 14, 4:03 p.m.
All of the kids involved got off easy because they could buy their way out with good lawyers. No surprise he's in trouble again.
cjw6105 Feb 14, 3:57 p.m.
Time to throw out probation, period, and make people serve their sentences. Get rid of probation officers, parole boards, the whole 9 yards. Way too many people have died because of governments' misguided "good deeds" of letting felons go early for good behavior or whatever else.
monami Feb 14, 3:49 p.m.
Addiction is a horrible disease. I wonder if this guy's family has tried an intervention. He's another accident waiting to happen, and a death sentence to himself if not others if he doesn't clean up and go straight. I hope he does.
mrr03 Feb 14, 3:47 p.m.
Hold the Judge accountable for allowing this menace back on our streets..If Judges do not want to assist in keeping our street safe i say let the ballot box speak. Here is the standard line from the Probation Officer.."Your Honor...Probation in this case serves no useful purpose for this individual nor the State of North Carolina..I would respectfully ask the Court to impose the suspended sentence." The Court.."Sir continue him on Probation" Happens everyday in our Courts..Pitiful
Wendellcatlover Feb 14, 3:47 p.m.
Sounds like his destiny was determined on the night Sadiki died. He could have chosen to turn his life around, but instead it appears he chose to continue down a path of destruction. That's pitiful. Now 2 promising lives have been destroyed by that 1 horribly tragic night.
jackflash123 Feb 14, 3:44 p.m.
Very compassionate statement from the Mom, and recognizes her beloved son's responsibility in it, as well.
Mr. Middle of the Road Feb 14, 3:35 p.m.
I have a great deal of respect for Ms. Newman.
bubbba Feb 14, 3:31 p.m.
This young man needs some help.
Uhavenoclu Feb 14, 3:28 p.m.
He hasn't learned one thing about staying on the right side of the law
There is only one law,and it is not physical....God creates and has nothing to do with right or wrong for God is one,not two.
If animals go to heaven they know nothing about right or wrong,they know nothing about religion or church...?????????????????????????
The spirit is what counts each has one use it to the best of your ability to grow and learn.LOVE IS ACCEPTANCE,LOVE YOUR FELLOW MAN NO MATTER WHAT OR WHO THEY AR without judgment,without hate,without ignorance.
cocker_mom Feb 14, 3:21 p.m.
Sadiki's mother is a classy lady. I am also willing to bet she's right - that the mistake he made has essentially taken 2 lives. VERY sad and she is very graceful.
atozca Feb 14, 3:17 p.m.
Rosemarie Newman... I admire your attitude.
momeeee Feb 14, 3:17 p.m.
Walkin Man Feb 14, 3:14 p.m.
It just seems to me that the courts take the loss of a human life due to the stupidity and blatant disregard for other people's lives, a lot less seriously than they should. This guy is a chronic repeat offender, lock him up and keep him there. The world would be better for it.
godshelper Feb 14, 3:03 p.m.
well, sounds like he needs to serve the remainder of his time incarcerated. I highly doubt our justice system will be upheld. It never is.....
DukeFan23 Feb 14, 3:02 p.m.
Off to prison you go.
outhousecat Feb 14, 2:58 p.m.
Wow. It's so unusual for a mom to admit that her kid made a mistake. It's a refreshing change from the usual "my baby ain't did nothing" that we usually here.
But still, I so sad for this mom. Her son made a mistake, but mistakes shouldn't be fatal. Nothing should be fatal when you're a kid.
And the mom is also incredibly strong and wise to avoid blaming the driver, and to forgive him. I hope he can find the strength to move forward with his life in a positive way.
sunshine1040 Feb 14, 2:57 p.m.
He is old enough to do the crime now it is time to do the time since he did not listen to judge when he was standing in the court room just a few years ago
mchljam2 Feb 14, 2:54 p.m.
Very sad, this young man is VERY disturbed!! He needs to be put in prison, were he may receive the help he needs, obviously he cannot control himself. The best thing he could do to honor the memory of his friend is to live a life of courage. May he find Gods peace in his life!!
Lightfoot3 Feb 14, 2:50 p.m.
"I have no idea what role the burden of taking someone's life has had on him." – article
Unfortunately, I doubt he ever thinks about her son.
retiredcfcc2 Feb 14, 2:48 p.m.
Put him in jail. Can't follow probation rules, lock him up. Maybe he'll understnd better.Dummy
Dagn Feb 14, 2:42 p.m.
Time to throw out the probation and lock him up. It's obvious he didn't learn any lessons.
Relic Feb 14, 2:40 p.m.
"I feel so sorry for him," she said. "I have no idea what role the burden of taking someone's life has had on him."
Well, obviously the fact that he was intoxicated when he took that live wasn't enough to teach him that being intoxicated and breaking the law was not a good thing to continue to do. How about the justice system help him help himself. Lock him up to do his original time and that way he won't kill anyone else while high as a kite.
CarolinianByChoice Feb 14, 2:37 p.m.
When I read this report, all I could think was Christopher Palmeri obviously didn't learn a thing from the tragic loss of Sadiki's life and I had no sympathy for him whatsoever.
Then I read Rosemarie Newman's comment: Wow, this woman is one class act with a huge amount of compassion! She has my respect!
Palmeri owes it to his friend Sadiki and Ms. Newman to clean up his act and do something meaningful with his life, not use his friend's death as an excuse to keep messing up!
jetset Feb 14, 2:32 p.m.
He hasn't learned one thing about staying on the right side of the law. I don't feel sorry for him. Let me explain why.....he could have used this tragedy in a positive way, such as speaking to other teens, volunteering at AA meetings, etc. However, he chooses to be self absorbed and have the "poor me" attitude.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03