This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
  • lwe1967 Feb 22, 2013

    What turn him loose again to do to another person what he did to his friend. Yes, he does need help, but he needs to be punished and at the same time get him off the drugs. It's a horrible thing to be hooked on the drugs, but, most of the people who are have a hard time getting off of them, or don't want to. Like an alcholic, they have to hit rock bottom and then start climbing back up. I hope that he does get the help that he deserves, but at the same time, he will have to be incarcerated to make sure that he get off of the drugs and the alcohol.

  • ripetomatoes Feb 22, 2013

    He cannot be helped until he decides he can be helped.
    This person, no one else, is responsible for his actions.
    We all have to grow up in order to live to get old.

  • dlnorri Feb 22, 2013

    I believe the best treatment for DUI Homicide would be 5 years on a nice prison farm where you had to grow your own food or die. Lots of time to think about the important things when you are bent over a row of beans or cucumbers in the hot summer sun..... Certain it would work more miracles than any time on a shrinks couch.

  • djofraleigh Feb 22, 2013

    What help has he been getting all these years and what good has it done? What will be different here after?

  • luxurytravel Feb 22, 2013

    Enabiling his behavior WON'T help him. Still living at home at age 24. Doesn't have money for rent, but has money for drugs? His friend and parents are not helping at all as long as they continue to enable him. He had HEROIN in his system, not Tylenol!

  • babedan Feb 22, 2013

    Maybe if his friend was such a good friend, he would have kept him off the stuff, anyone ever think about that?

  • babedan Feb 22, 2013

    wyzynidl, he never went to jail. The problem is folks like you who want to blame everyone else for your problems. Take responsibility. I'm sure he knew the dangers of drugs, he knew you don't drink and drive and he did it anyway. Now it's time to pay the piper. Our system is a mess, because of Judges who don't give out justice because they have this bleeding heart idea like you do, that puts the blame on everything except the one responsible for their actions.

  • wyzynidl Feb 22, 2013

    I feel for this guy and any others. The problem is our system is screwed. The courts lock people up quick, but upon release they give no rehabilitation for these people. Everyone needs a chance to correct their unapproved actions, and the system knows this. It just another way to control people. And, for the people that is quick to say lock them are the reasons why people that need help can't get any. Before long our system will quite a mess.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Feb 22, 2013

    Someone needs to tell this "friend" that, in this case, "help" is jail.

  • indrdw Feb 22, 2013

    Let him serve his time, give him another chance while in prison then after that he can get more help. He can get more education, could stay off alcohol and drugs if prisoners were confined and/or under control, get fed, medical aid, have television, etc. And look, it will not cost him a dime, he will not have to rob anyone nor will he be driving under the influence.

  • babedan Feb 22, 2013

    First he was given probation for killing someone, What is wrong with that picture? Then, he has violated his probation how many times? Each time given more probation and another hand slap. I think it's time not only for this man to go to jail, but for the Judges that keep letting him off to go to jail for allowing such a miscarrage of justice to take place to begin with. How much is a life worth? 5 years probation! 6 months to 17 months for killing a child trying to get on a school bus! A strong look needs to be taken of the judges in this state. Maybe if they start bringing the HAMMER down on the criminals then people will be less and less inclined to break the law.

  • rdc42179 Feb 21, 2013

    Oh yea, I feel bad for him too. He has a drug and alcohol problem. His actions caused someone to loose their life. He has violated his probation and robbed a store. Poor guy.!!! Throw is behind in jail. You can't fix stupid. When you screw up, you pay the consequences .

  • justafella Feb 21, 2013

    snowl, agreed. Hardest thing to do is ask for help, been there.

  • oleguy Feb 21, 2013

    He has had all his get out of jail free cards,, Lock him up and keep him locked up

  • snowl Feb 21, 2013

    First, he must want help.... just needing help is not enough.

  • Brogden Feb 21, 2013

    Next time he is high on marijuana and opiates, steals a couple cases of beer, does 72 in a 35 mph zone, hits and kills someone, I can't wait to hear his "friend" say how "sorry" he is and that he "needs help". Lock him up!!!

  • babbleon Feb 21, 2013

    He needs help or jail before he kills someone else, please.

  • jscott13 Feb 21, 2013

    It is NOT crazy for the mother of the victim to choose to not blame this man. Her child did, after all, get into a car with someone who was drunk. Kids need to learn to say NO when their lives will be in danger. It won't help the mother to blame this man because forgiving is the only way for her to move on.

  • uhhuh Feb 21, 2013

    Help? Seriously? No.......he needs and deserves an active sentence. He is putting my family's life in danger and everyone else. He will get help in jail. It's good he is remorseful but he still has to pay. If being remorseful were enough to stay out of jail we would be in a world of hurt. Oh, btw he's a thief too. If he is sorry, he could get a job and buy beer instead of stealing it. It's amazing how post arrest remorse sets in.

  • davisgw Feb 21, 2013

    How many second chances does he get? Enough already put him in jail and let him see a shrink while doing time.

  • Ven Feb 21, 2013

    I'm guessing $$$ is what's buying him all of these additional opportunities - it's shameful. Put his behavior onto anyone else and they are sitting in jail for years, regardless if they are depressed or sitting at home.

  • tbalmer1 Feb 21, 2013

    It certainly does not change the fact that he was drunk and driving and killed smeone whether its a friend or not and that the mother of the victim is not balaming him is just crazy. He belongs in jail before he causes any more harm for any one innocent out there!!

  • dehowell2 Feb 21, 2013

    Enough is enough. He is only sorry because he got caught. I think about 10 years in prison would cure his depression.

  • whistler411 Feb 21, 2013

    Yes, he needs help. He needs jail, too!

  • macy Feb 21, 2013

    No amount of counseling and/or jail time is going to help him until he decides he wants to change. I am sure the death of friend is part of his problem. He needs to forgive himself, go to AA and move on.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Feb 21, 2013

    He admitted drug use at home. Wasn't like he was stopped drving and found to be under the influence. That would be more serious in my mind. The punishment sounds appropiate. Lock him away? He isn't a threat. Enough of my tax money is wated on minor offenders.

  • luxurytravel Feb 21, 2013

    Still living at home means he is living off enabling parents who only make substance abuse worse. There is no other reason a young man would want to live at home with parents at 24! Time for this guy to stand on his own two feet. He doesn't have money for rent, but has money for heroin?

  • davidtew2005 Feb 21, 2013

    he has violated his probation/parole now for the 3rd time. why give him another chance? he has proven he will not obey rules and the law. lock him away until the time is served!!!

  • Das G Feb 21, 2013

    These judges need to be named in the articles.

  • WakeForestLiving Feb 21, 2013

    LOck this menace to civilized people away!

  • acp9489 Feb 21, 2013

    I'm sorry but I don't understand why this story is newsworthy. People fail drug test and have their probation suspended all the time.

  • iknowjack Feb 21, 2013

    So he's already had his six chances, now it's time for the courts to buckle down. At least no one was murdered in the meantime.

  • djofraleigh Feb 21, 2013

    The story isn't clear to me if the judge let him go with the warning or if the guy is still in jail. Both seemed to be true.

    He's serving 5 years probation for a 2007 charge. Isn't that about over? When was the trail and sentence?

    Let's hear more about how he got out of the theft of beer charge!

    How is the guy getting around without a license? Where is he getting his money? Is he working? Nothing is working to save him on the outside as shown by the use of drugs, theft of alcohol. He is looking to numb out and not face life's realities.

  • unpublished_1 Feb 21, 2013

    If this man SERIOUSLY NEEDS HELP, then GET HIM SOME HELP by placing him in a treatment facility for a year or so. If he is ok & JUST DON'T CARE, LOCK HIM UP N PRISON!!!!

  • indrdw Feb 21, 2013

    Why am I not surprised at this decision. How many deaths,losses and injuries are caused by people whom these judges let back onto our streets to do their deeds.

  • mrr03 Feb 21, 2013

    Can somebody PLEASE tell me who was the JUDGE that let this guy go back to the streets again after he demonstrated a disregard for the probation rule in the first place..

  • zile1porkey Feb 21, 2013

    It is clear this man has a alcohol and drug problem. Why is he not in counseling and why is he given so many chances to kill again behind the wheel. He keeps violating his probation by doing alcohol and drugs and it appears the judge doesn't see what is he doing by allowing this man the right to be free.

  • msha Feb 21, 2013

    Guess they will wait until he kills someone else to put in prison for life. It doesn't look like he is going to change.

  • godshelper Feb 21, 2013

    We need to know the name of this judge so that we can remove him form office. This man was already given another chance by being placed on probation. He violated it and he knew what he was doing was a violation, a willful and wantingly violation of the law. The "so-called" judge failed to up hold the laws and punishments he was elected to do so we the people need to remove him. Give us a name so we can remeber it the next time the ballot comes around. Time we make people in these offices accountable for their actions.

  • torchhappysean Feb 21, 2013

    When is our court system going to wake up and quit letting people like this go free with just a smack on the hand?? This guy obliviously has no respect for the law and does just about whatever he wants.. Get with the program NC!!!Mess up once, OK. Mess up twice, spend some time in lockup... Mess up a third time go away for a looong time....

Oldest First