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  • greg69innc Mar 3, 2014

    The same thing happened to my dad and this will be the outcome i am sure of it in his case. He was all I had left and not only is he gone forever but my life is changed forever as well. I hate drunk drivers

  • greg69innc Mar 3, 2014

    I lost my dad to a drunk and he may only pull 3 yrs but he cant hide behind a fence forever.

  • Jennifer Mack Feb 28, 2014

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    Yes, I know. The point is that money made a difference in the punishment they received.

  • Stacie Hagwood Feb 28, 2014

    Ok, so he has "served" 3 years. When? He worked outside prison, spent weekends with his family, so when did actually serve time? Just dinner and bedtime? What a joke.

  • Wake1 Feb 28, 2014

    What a crock!! He was able to buy himnself a very light sentence! If he only gets three years, why shouldn't everyone else who is convicted of the same thing get that light of a sentence???

  • Serendipity5 Feb 28, 2014

    A man guilty of murder will be a fugitive for the rest of his life.

  • dwr1964 Feb 28, 2014

    Killing someone, while driving drunk, nets you 3 years. Failing to pay taxes, nets you 10, or more. In what part of justice, does this make sense?

  • cphs007 Feb 28, 2014

    What I want to say about him you will not print and I think others feel the same. He should not be let out, he'll do it again!!

  • heard-it-all-before Feb 28, 2014

    condolences to the family of the victim. they have been completely and totally ripped off here.

  • Danny Cole Feb 28, 2014

    They should reissue him a Drivers license immediately, give him back his Medical license and oh, don't forget his right to vote. After all he has done his time, right? Sound ridiculous? Well it was ridiculous a couple of weeks ago when a lot of you were backing the rights of convicted felons to get their right to vote back. So how many hypocrites do we have here today, condemning the doctor but stated a convicted felon should have the right to vote?

    BTW I feel this man should still be in jail, and no felon should ever have the right to vote again.

  • dukefanv12 Feb 28, 2014

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    Not sure about the rest of you, but I sure would be mad as heck at myself if I had done what he did......

  • Southern Girl Feb 28, 2014

    BW3...I just asked the question. About remorse. Actually, if you look at his picture in this article, he looks mad that he is even there. The look on his face tells it all.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 28, 2014

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    That was a child!!!

    This is a GROWN man!!!

  • bw3 Feb 28, 2014

    Remorse? Who/What determines when a person has remorse? RPD? Please wait for the Remorse Police Department to finish it's investigation into this matter. It might show Doc cries to God as he prays for forgiveness before crying himself to sleep every night in remorse.

    How do so many commenting know he has not "shown" remorse?

    "Shown" to whom? You commenting?

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 28, 2014

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    I doubt he has a strong enough conscience to convict him of that. Drunks rarely do and always look to blame their drunkenness on someone or something else.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 28, 2014

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    I have always believed it should be Murder One, because the person had to know before they even started drinking that they were going to drive after.

  • luxurytravel Feb 28, 2014

    I would love to see them put back the "shrine" with ballet shoes back at that intersection. Hopefully every time he drives past he is reminded of what horrific crime he committed.

  • luxurytravel Feb 28, 2014

    He has been out every day working a job and also AT HOME on weekends. That is one heck of a jail sentence!

  • Southern Girl Feb 28, 2014

    BW3..hope he doesn't get a license to drive or a license to practice medicine. This is just so upsetting, especially since I have a daughter about the age that she was. Did anybody see him show any remorse?

  • ldmwm95 Feb 28, 2014

    I followed this case with great interest and it is hard to believe that the three years have gone by so fast. The punishment was far to lenient, I think few people would argue that point. It was a horrible tragedy all around. I am sure it has devastated his family as well. If I remember correctly, he had a small child. Nobody won here, although he got off way to easy for killing the young woman. He will most likely get his license to practice medicine back, because his crime didn't involve his license. For example, he didn't kill a patient while intoxicated at work or he wasn't abusing prescription drugs he had written for himself. Even though he committed a horrible crime, there isn't grounds to deny him his medical license. He will probably move to another state or possibly work for a big drug company. Hopefully he will never drink again and help others with his talents.

  • dukefanv12 Feb 28, 2014

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    These are the laws in North Carolina. He received the longest sentence possible for the crime the DA charged and proved to a jury. He didn't receive ANY preferential treatment in jail that anyone else, who was found gulity of the same crime would have received. I'm sure that you wrote a letter to your state representatives three years ago, and you have vetted all of the people you have voted for since, to have these laws changed.

  • Amy Smathers Feb 28, 2014

    I regularly pray that there is a hell and this man goes there. He has shown no remorse, and could care less about his actions. I also pray I am not on the road at the same time as him, because he clearly has no regard for anyone else's life and is a danger to us all.

  • dukefanv12 Feb 28, 2014

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    A repeat offender is one thing. (and apple)... committing vehicular manslaugher
    is another thing (oranges). The original post, that you agreed with, made the wrong assumption that he will commit vehicular manslaugher again, since it is obvious that he has not learned his lesson. We're not talking about BEFORE he commited this offense. Original poster claims he hasn't learned AFTER his jail time. and loss of his medical license, and there is still nothing to indicate, let alone prove that this is anywhere near the truth.

  • Tim Pearce Feb 28, 2014

    Looks so full of remorse don't he.

  • sjb2k1 Feb 28, 2014

    Killing someone through drinking and driving should AT LEAST be voluntary manslaughter.

  • pipcolt Feb 28, 2014

    This man should have never seen the light of day ever again for what he did.

  • Deep Thought Feb 28, 2014

    So sad for her family. He has been and will be able to spend time with his family, she cannot. I hope he does not ever practice medicine again. Yeah, I know, poor man has to earn a living but Ms Shapiro would have liked a chance to earn a living. He took that away from her. Not a fair swap but she can't work, he should not be able to work ANYWHERE!

  • Terri Moss Feb 28, 2014

    Absolutely ridiculous that this murderer gets off with 3 years in jail....not even that, actually, since he got to go on visits to his family...I hope those jurors are proud of themselves...They should have stayed in that room until they came to agreement on the verdict. Now a beautiful young woman is around no more, but he can again become a doctor????? This verdict made me mad 3 years ago, and even more so now that he's out.

  • Red Green Feb 28, 2014

    "You take a life, especially because you either stupidly or selfishly decided to drink knowing you'd also have to drive after - you lose your life. THAT is TRUE justice!!!"

    Sorry but that's not true justice, that's idiotic.

  • woodrock223 Feb 28, 2014

    "He was able to work outside the Wake Correctional Center and spend regular weekend visits with family during that time."

    that's nice, take a life and you spend the week in jail and weekends with your family for 3 years. must have been really hard for him.

  • bw3 Feb 28, 2014

    Anyone gonna need cheap plastic surgery in the near future? I can recommend a doctor....once he gets license back!

  • Jennifer Mack Feb 28, 2014

    This is definitely a "money talks" case. This guy had the resources to hire a private lawyer, while many defendants do not.

    Although we are outraged by this case, it is not unique. Look at that child who drove drunk and killed three people.....his parents paid to have him pay his time at a treatment facility in Malibu.

  • katgotyertongue Feb 28, 2014

    He was allowed out to be with his family on weekends??? AND work outside the Wake Correctional Center? Which political party did he vote for?

  • Southern Girl Feb 28, 2014

    Makes me sick. A beautiful young woman, killed by a very drunk driver, and he is out of jail in three years. That is no justice for this horrible crime. But, he has to live with himself. For what he did that night .

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 28, 2014

    So he gets 3 years; she got a death sentence!!!

    There is something VERY wrong about that!!!

    You take a life, especially because you either stupidly or selfishly decided to drink knowing you'd also have to drive after - you lose your life. THAT is TRUE justice!!!

  • Don Dickerson Feb 28, 2014

    dwr1964: "The jury that allowed this doc to get off basically free, should be shunned"

    And so should be the system that allows him to drive after even ONE DWI. Folks got on board pretty quick with the whole "second hand smoke" campaign and as a smoker, that inconvenienced me a LOT as suddenly there were a LOT of places my urge to smoke had to be curbed....why hasn't this worked for driving after drinking? Why are bars still allowed? Obviously not everyone visiting one has a designated driver. In this day and age, why doesn't every car allowed on the road have an BAC meter? Elevators, bathrooms, lobbies, all kinds of places have detectors to tell on me if I try to "sneak a smoke" anywhere some poor unsuspecting member of the "public" might wander later, why have we not sneak-proofed our backroads and highways? People still do it because the penalties are just not harsh enough or sure enough to make some think twice. Or in this guy's case, the fourth or fifth time.

  • bertram Feb 28, 2014

    If Ray Cook has just one more alcohol-related offense, they need to put him in a pen and weld the doors shut forever. Until he screws up again, he needs to share his story at AA meetings once a week. Mr. Ray got off easy.

  • KnowsItAll Feb 28, 2014

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    well that ought to put him on notice!!

  • David Collins Feb 28, 2014

    I agree this guy owes a life time of retribution for his crime.

  • Kristin Byrne Feb 28, 2014

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    Not apples to apples. The guy has a drinking problem. He has a history of drinking and driving. If he can stay sober, he'll probably stay out of trouble. If he hits the bottle again, he becoming a repeat offender isn't too far off.

    You seem to not have a lot of experience with alcoholism. Consider yourself lucky.

  • pinkbirdoneleg Feb 28, 2014

    It isn't about giving this man a second chance any more. He received his second chance when he was charged with speeding (110mph in a 65mph zone) and DUI (in GA). He received a third chance the same year after driving under the influence in NC. The ledger for chances doesn't begin only after repeated poor decision making by one ends up killing another.

  • lcapetanos Feb 28, 2014

    If he gets his medical license back, this ridiculous sentence will be made even more absurd.

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  • NC Reader Feb 28, 2014

    There are so many people who could benefit from plastic surgery or skin procedures but cannot pay: people with disfiguring conditions, former gang members who want to have gang tattoos removed, children born with cleft palates in countries where they are not routinely repaired. If he gets back his medical license, he should be required to devote at least half of his work time to doing this kind of charitable work, until he retires.

    Yes, he should have had a much longer, more difficult sentence. No, this wouldn't bring the victim back. However, it would do some good in the world for people who need more than just an elective face lift or abdominal tuck.

  • teleman60 Feb 28, 2014

    There are people serving more time for a bag of pot than this guy got for killing at 2.4! Where are the republicans - conservatives - religious righty's when there's actually something we all might agree on? This guy should be behind bars for 25 years...

  • dwr1964 Feb 28, 2014

    The jury that allowed this doc to get off basically free, should be shunned. I would never wish that someone in their own family be killed or even just hurt, by a drunk driver. That said, IF it were to happen, I am quite certain they would look at this crime, in a different light. 3 years, for killing someone, drunk, drugged, or sleepy, especially when being allowed outside of the prison for work and to go home, is appalling. That is more like going to a working resort for prisoners. Just shameful.

  • lovetheheels Feb 28, 2014

    What about requiring some kind of retribution to Miss Shapiro's family for her lost career as a dancer? This man is responsible for her permanent absence from their lives and his "punishment" is so minimal, it's laughable - except that none of this circumstance is funny. He is sick with alcoholism, he always will be and it will take a lot more than three years in a minimum security prison to straighten his life out. The previous comment about a lifetime of community service is most definitely appropriate in this situation.

  • MrX-- Feb 28, 2014

    The story would have been helped by some investigation into how often doctors who are convicted of felonies get their medical licenses back.

  • Fred Kozlof Feb 28, 2014

    Further to my first comment..... we all know that jail time does not rehabilitate anyone. However, for cases like this, an intelligent able bodied man, it would seem fitting that the punishment should involve a lifetime of community service. Maybe free medical care for the poor? That way he would be reminded every week, of what he did, and society would get some compensation too.

  • Dave Audette Feb 28, 2014

    According to the story "He was able to work outside the Wake Correctional Center and spend regular weekend visits with family during that time".

    ...and we call this a punishment. Let's give all the inmates time with their families and allow them to work outside of prison. What a joke our justice system is.

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