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mewuvbb May 26, 7:11 p.m.
Okay Let's vote again for liquor by the drink, oh! forgot we did and it passed..will not be able to smoke in the bar though with that drink, if he would have had a bag of dope he would be already in the big house, but he killed someone by drinking alcohol slap on the hand..what is wrong with this picture Perdue
APXmom May 26, 5:44 p.m.
OK- why are we bashing the parents- Maybe they are reaping what they sowed, or maybe this kid is just bad. I am one of four kids, all the same genetics, home environment, educational benefits, challenges, etc. Why did 3 of us 'toe the line' while the other totally acted out with drugs and booze? I don't know. I do feel for the parents- it must be very painful to see your child ruining their life after ending another's. That said, this man will serve out his sentence since he violated probation- and likely will have additional time if he is convicted of the new charges. As it should be. Maybe first offenders won't get off so easy in the future- here's hoping.
amyrn May 26, 5:29 p.m.
Good point, middle of the road, it was an "alcohol related" offense. He stole alcohol. The headline made it sound as if he was caught drinking again. In any case, even if being in jail five years only keeps him sober five years, that's five years he won't be a danger on the highway or five years he won't be stealing.
Spirit Warrior Woman - Rev. RB May 26, 5:23 p.m.
From the video of his first trial, he looked like he had Judge Stephens.
Stephens will throw the book at him now, cause that judge, while fair and just, is no one's fool.
jeriwho May 26, 5:09 p.m.
Our legal system will not happy until this drunk kills a second person. His but needs to be sitting sober in jail, right now.
familyfour May 26, 5:00 p.m.
Oh, he didn't get charged with dwi cause he hadn't the time to consume his thefted items and drive long enough afterwards. he looks pretty plastered in his pic.
Who's in charge of making sure he does community service? Did anyone check up on him since he's on probation?
Something as deadly as driving while impaired certainly deserves more than a slap on the wrist.
scarletindurham May 26, 4:54 p.m.
throw the book at him!!!!!!!!!!
jlh4jdj May 26, 4:46 p.m.
Middle of the Road-I hope your comment was an example of a joke. You think that taking a bomb and driving it down the road and killing someone is not a violent act? He clearly has not learned from this so he needs to go away for a long time and maybe he will learn. He has no respect for anyone else. If he hit you or someone you loved you would think him violent. How about the fact that his next robbery may have a gun?
foetine May 26, 4:28 p.m.
he is responsible for a death and someone thinks all he needs is a whoopin' from his parents.
Life is cheap in North Carolina
colliedave May 26, 4:26 p.m.
He hasn't learned his lesson, time to revoke his "Get Out of Jail Free" card.
Killian May 26, 4:15 p.m.
He had his second chance and blew it. Drop his tail in prison where it belongs.
smegma May 26, 4:13 p.m.
5-10 years will do him no good. he'll come out and barely be able to flip burgers. he needs a good a-whoopin by his parents. they on the other hand should be locked up (haha so he can steal their liquor)
Mr. Middle of the Road May 26, 4:11 p.m.
I guess putting someone in prison for 5 years will stop them from drinking and driving for those 5 years but it is not going to stop them when they get out. And it is an expensive way to do it when we have plenty of truly violent people who we need space in our prisons for. There has to be a cheaper, more permanent means of stopping it.
And I will note again, he is not charged with DWI this time. Maybe he did learn a lesson. And he has not yet been convicted ot the current charges.
Professor May 26, 4:07 p.m.
The parents knew he was drinking and did nothing. Now he has to face serious consequences.
hollylama May 26, 4:01 p.m.
I agree Fishman...
His parents have obviously enabled his behavior.
Professor May 26, 3:58 p.m.
He needs prison time. Its time his parents woke up and stop treating him like he is 2 years old. Make this young man responsbible for his wrong actions.
bobbyj May 26, 3:54 p.m.
what a waste of skin and use of perfectly good oxygen, give him 5-10 years in the box see what comes out the other side.
Seeminglyopposed May 26, 3:53 p.m.
My heart goes out to Dr. Newman and her family. I do know how it is to have a child you can't do anything with, but put him out if he is living at home, you don't have to condone it, if he is living there. But if you know he is drinking and driving tough love, I'd rather see him face jail time than kill another innocent person or kill himself.
vote4changeASAP May 26, 3:53 p.m.
Maybe if some of the posters here saw the disfigured man I saw on Sunday who was killed in a head on collision by a drunk driver who fled the scene might not be so lenient of this young man who obviously likes to consume enough alcohol to get drunk.
He already killed someone. I have no sympathy for him.
csswisher May 26, 3:42 p.m.
some folks just never learn until they are put behind bars - by then it's too late!! When are we gonna learn to put away these people the very FIRST time.........
Professor May 26, 3:38 p.m.
My heart goes out to his parents.
What has this got to do with his parents? He was the one drinking. Excuses, excuses.
Professor May 26, 3:36 p.m.
He certainly needs about five years in prison with counseling. People who drink and drive are dangerous. I will be glad when the right people can see this.
The Fox May 26, 3:35 p.m.
[We Atheists have no fear of any gods, because they don't exist]
WOW that's what I call FAITH!! I guess you keep visiting to reassure yourself?
polecat1 May 26, 3:33 p.m.
what a sad story. My heart goes out to his parents.
Mr. Middle of the Road May 26, 3:16 p.m.
I also note that there are no driving while impaired charges. These are relatively minor charges. Lets don't get the rope out to hang him yet. For those who do need blood, if he is convicted of these charges his probation will be revoked and he will have to serve out the remainder of his 15 month active term. I don't know the young man or his family but I feel very sorry for them.
Mr. Middle of the Road May 26, 3:13 p.m.
I think that he has been charged only at this point, and not yet convicted.
JustOneGodLessThanU May 26, 3:10 p.m.
Crisp said, "Some people are ethically defective....we all know who these people are..."
So, why would they be "made" this way? ;-) And since you are able to tell who they are, maybe you could save society a bunch of time and $$ and just tell the judge who is "defective" and beyond hope. Heck, we could dispense with prisons for rehabilitation and just toss them off a cliff.
Do you have any fear of Zeus?...the god of gods? We Atheists have no fear of any gods, because they don't exist, yet we are much less likely to end up in jail with all of the god-fearing people.
Sorry, but fear-based edicts are not nearly as effective as a good education & reason-based thought. For the intellectually vacant, even healthy distractions help (e.g. midnight basketball). But telling someone to do good only out of fear of punishment...what does that actually teach anyone?
kbo80 May 26, 3:04 p.m.
Well I think all drunk drivers need to be jailed. The plea never should have been offered. He played the courts and his friend, he knew he was not going to change. He just wanted to be be free to drink. I wonder if his parents drink too? He obviously has a drinking problem and he is a thief. Imagine how much he will drink and steal once he is legal.
jbco May 26, 3:00 p.m.
Unlike smoking, drinking only hurts others when the drinker makes irresponsible decisions after drinking. The answer is not to ban alcohol or demonize alcohol. Truly punish those who make bad decisions. Go to your legislature for harsher punishments for drunk drivers and reckless drivers. Let's focus on the problem here: irresponsible people and a justice system that is lenient on them.
The law is not intended to legislate morality.
boolittlek May 26, 2:56 p.m.
He's still living at home. Way to keep an eye on your felon, mom and dad.
vote4changeASAP May 26, 2:56 p.m.
Maybe if he lit up a cigarette while dining in a resturant, a judge would get serious about punishing him.
thefensk May 26, 2:54 p.m.
Well, I'd say he can make a difference, as he said before. It would make a lot more sense now: Film him not enjoying himself in prison. here he is, a negative role model ... this is what can happen to you. Play it in every school starting about middle school. I think they might get the idea.
annemarek May 26, 2:42 p.m.
One of the problems with youth is that they think nothing bad ever happens to them. Well it did. Two years ago he killed someone but it did not hit home because it happened to someone else. He did not die but his friend did. He obviously was not bonded with his friend because it did not leave scars on him. As far as rehab goes I do not have much faith in it. This man does not have a fear of God. Now I am sure he will be calling for God to help him. I can see many years in prison ahead for this young man. Now that is Rehab. !!
I am sad for this young man all and all involved. Drinking is glorified in movies and TV as a way to have fun. Look at what has been done to smoking but I do not see the same for drinking in media.
jimbo141 May 26, 2:33 p.m.
off to the slammer for him i say!!!!
Daisygirlforever May 26, 2:32 p.m.
Throw the book at him...apparently he just doesn't get it.
amyrn May 26, 2:30 p.m.
Forget Rehab....put him in jail. Yes, it takes jail space but in some cases, it will be the only way to keep a person from drinking and driving again.
jmarkhams24 May 26, 1:48 p.m.
Imagine that! A repeat DUI offender! The one who scarred my daughter for life and almost killed her last year is still out "on supervised probtation", drinking (underage)at the beach and posting photos all over the internet and still hasn't paid a penny of the $8,000 restitution ordered by the court. That's our lovely justice system and so is this. This is a horrible crime and needs to be dealt with more harshly.
ladyinblue72 May 26, 1:41 p.m.
People keep committing crimes because there is no punishment, plain and simple.
YA RECKON May 26, 1:39 p.m.
Repeat Offender = Valued Customer
mandy picketts May 26, 1:37 p.m.
This boy does need help..... what a sad story.
wa4mjf May 26, 1:24 p.m.
Steve, those are the folks that are pure evil.
UNC1985 May 26, 1:21 p.m.
no words to say... can't say them!!
Steve Crisp May 26, 1:16 p.m.
Some people are ethically defective. No matter what you try to do for them, or how many times they get punished, they keep in their ways until eventually they are killed or are put in prison for life. Unfotunately, too many people get hurt along the way before those deserved outcomes occur.
The thing is that we all know who these people are, yet there is nothing we can do to preempt their violent and distructive behavior. We know many of the warning signs: drug use, being a bully in school, killing small animals, constantly getting into fights, repeatedly stealing or breaking things, and an early proclivity for pushing the edge of ethical behavior, but until they actually commit a crime, there is nothing that can be done.
Remember, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior -- with increasing intensity.
GetRight May 26, 1:06 p.m.
Actually foetine has the right idea. in the "old days" guys like this were given the opportunity to go to prison or serve some or all of their prison time in combat duty.
Hey, whadya know? We have 2 wars going on. Train him under the toughest Drill SGT we have, put him on the front lines and give him an opportunity to serve his country. IF he survives, I'll almost guarantee you he'll become a real man. His chances of rehabilitation are better there than in a rehab and prison.
wa4mjf May 26, 1:02 p.m.
Bond is not to punish, but, rather insure appearance in court. He obviously convinced the magistrate and/or officer* that he was not a flight risk.
*Been retired a while and don't know if the magistrates go by a LEOs release recomendation still, or not.
uncbabie May 26, 12:48 p.m.
The poor family of Sadaki, I'm sure this just makes them sick.
This kid needs some serious rehab.
shortcake53 May 26, 12:36 p.m.
What cracks me up is him telling the judge, "ok i will do prison time if you think i should". You bet your bippy you will!! And why were you blowing all the extra chances you were given?? Why couldnt you do public speaking NOW about your past mistakes, instead of committing MORE? Didnt you have enough material to work with yet?? I am beyond outraged at this kid and his conduct.
Baba Booey May 26, 12:32 p.m.
Say goodbye to leniency. This young man never learned from his mistake, even after he was given every opportunity to do so.
It's time to teach him a lesson in prison, and hope that does the trick.
sophiemom May 26, 12:30 p.m.
down by the pond, you hit the nail right on the head!!!
Ol Forrester May 26, 12:24 p.m.
The low bond was an insult to justice and I think he owes us the remaining 15 months of the first sentence. Do his parents have a lot of political influence ???
Published: 2007-10-05 09:38:00
Updated: 2013-09-05 17:25:12