Gilberts man gets 15 years for DUI crash that killed couple

Full story: Chicago Tribune

A Gilberts man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison for an alcohol-related crash that killed a husband and wife out on a Sunday morning motorcycle ride last summer.
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DMR

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May 29, 2008
 
kravitz wrote:
Did any of you fools notice that he is 63? He'll be 78 when he gets out.
Nope. He'll probably only serve 7 or 8 years of that sentence, right? And what I just cannot comprehend is why he didn't get life for murder or even homicide. I just shake my head.Why?
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#24
May 29, 2008
 
While I agree that this was a horrible act and definitely desreves punishement, I think a lot of you are being very harsh. This guy has a sickness, and that sickness caused him to kill 2 people by accident. It was not intentional. He has to live with the guilt of that for rest of his life, and while he stuck in a cell for the next 8 years. Its a sad situation, but I think the punishment is fair.
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May 29, 2008
 
DMR wrote:
<quoted text>Nope. He'll probably only serve 7 or 8 years of that sentence, right? And what I just cannot comprehend is why he didn't get life for murder or even homicide. I just shake my head.Why?
They don't give life to people who intentionally murder others. Why would they give it to someone who did not intend to murder these people? Granted he was a dumb@$$ for drinking that much and driving.
DMR

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May 29, 2008
 
Carl wrote:
While I agree that this was a horrible act and definitely desreves punishement, I think a lot of you are being very harsh. This guy has a sickness, and that sickness caused him to kill 2 people by accident. It was not intentional. He has to live with the guilt of that for rest of his life, and while he stuck in a cell for the next 8 years. Its a sad situation, but I think the punishment is fair.
People who are mentally insane have a disease and if they kill someone because they are out of their minds they still get life behind bars or atlease a mental institution. They need to stop tip toeing around alcoholics and start giving tougher sentences. Maybe if alcoholics knew they were going to get life in prison for killing someone while driving drunk they won't do it. What the hell. And FYI, I am a recovering alcholic.
Osama Bin Laden

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#28
May 29, 2008
 
should of gotten more

guess his defense attorneys didnt do that great of a job!!!

burn in hell!!
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May 29, 2008
 
kravitz wrote:
Did any of you fools notice that he is 63? He'll be 78 when he gets out.
There's always at least one idiot on the side of the murdering drunk.
Jim

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#30
May 29, 2008
 
Obviously this guy was NOT politically connected or a Chicago cop.

If he was he'd have got 6 months.
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May 29, 2008
 
kravitz wrote:
Did any of you fools notice that he is 63? He'll be 78 when he gets out.
oh! well, shoot, let's give the geezer a pass. You are a douchbag.
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May 29, 2008
 
Carl wrote:
While I agree that this was a horrible act and definitely desreves punishement, I think a lot of you are being very harsh. This guy has a sickness, and that sickness caused him to kill 2 people by accident. It was not intentional. He has to live with the guilt of that for rest of his life, and while he stuck in a cell for the next 8 years. Its a sad situation, but I think the punishment is fair.
What guilt? He doesn't think the alcohol played a role. He's not been remorsefull about his actions. Scr ew him.
you are odd

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May 29, 2008
 
Carl wrote:
While I agree that this was a horrible act and definitely desreves punishement, I think a lot of you are being very harsh. This guy has a sickness, and that sickness caused him to kill 2 people by accident. It was not intentional. He has to live with the guilt of that for rest of his life, and while he stuck in a cell for the next 8 years. Its a sad situation, but I think the punishment is fair.
"feeling bad" is punishment enough? Tell that to his victims family. Spare me the "disease" defense.
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May 29, 2008
 
Mark wrote:
This is absolutely NOT justice. He MURDERED 2 people. Life in prison, or even the death penalty would have been more appropriate. He didn't even admit he did anything wrong. When he gets out (in 3 years probably), he'll just do it again. This is how our judicial system protects innocent people from MURDERERS.
To put this sentence into perspective, gangbangers and other people you would consider much lower on the dirtbag scale regaularly get 20 years for murder. Unfortunately, to follow your sentencing scheme would overwhelm an already overcrowded prison system.
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May 29, 2008
 
Carl wrote:
While I agree that this was a horrible act and definitely desreves punishement, I think a lot of you are being very harsh. This guy has a sickness, and that sickness caused him to kill 2 people by accident. It was not intentional. He has to live with the guilt of that for rest of his life, and while he stuck in a cell for the next 8 years. Its a sad situation, but I think the punishment is fair.
Plus his mommie probably didn't breast feed him, and his daddy probably didn't show up to watch his little league games... oh the horror....
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#36
May 29, 2008
 
I pray for those that lost their life in this tragedy. I pray for the family that Jesus would comfort them. I pray that those that passed did indeed know Jesus. I pray that in God's comfort that he can speak forgiveness into the hearts of all those hurt.

Also, I pray for Mr. Ulmer. I pray that God brings him healing and healing to his family as well.

This world is not a place of peace. This was not an intentional murder. But, yes, we all face consequences to our sin. Yet, Jesus forgives us all.

This time on earth is only a mere moment. I pray that each of us can turn to Jesus in those things that we do not understand so that he can indeed bring peace, healing, and comfort to our hearts and souls.

Even for Paul, look in the gospels. He murdered innocent Christians. Yet, God removed the scales from his eyes and transformed his soul. In the end, God was even able to use a murderer. This brings great hope for each of us.

The truth is we all sin, we all fall short, we are all responsible for our sins great or small. Even a sin of a lie nailed Jesus to the cross. I pray that Jesus teaches us not to judge and allows us to see the pain and tears in the eyes of another. Jesus is our only hope for peace.

Romans 3:23-24,"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."

"Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven...(Luke 6:37)

Healing comes in forgiveness, not in judgment. If this were my mom, dad, son, brother, or sister that was killed, I would still believe and know the same thing. As well, I know that even murderers, and the most evil of people need forgiveness and the healing grace of Jesus. None of us are good enough, and none of us should judge.

I am not stating that people should not be put in jail, be held responsible for their actions, or anything of the like, so please do not misinterpret this blog. I am merely saying that there are tears, pain, and sadness on all sides as well as innocent victims in all families. I pray for God's grace to bring healing to all. I do not speak these words lightly. God bless.
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#37
May 30, 2008
 
Does not seem that alcohol was the only cause of the accident.

“Two, Tree, maybe Four”

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#38
May 30, 2008
 
Carl wrote:
While I agree that this was a horrible act and definitely desreves punishement, I think a lot of you are being very harsh. This guy has a sickness, and that sickness caused him to kill 2 people by accident. It was not intentional. He has to live with the guilt of that for rest of his life, and while he stuck in a cell for the next 8 years. Its a sad situation, but I think the punishment is fair.
A TREATABLE sickness. There is no excuse for for what he did. Guilt is a small price to pay for two lives. I like the idea of having a family member of the victims run him over repeatedly with a pick-up.

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