Homicidal driver gets 10 years

A man whose crash killed his passenger is again guilty of DUI By Nelson Daranciang ndaranciang@starbulletin.com A Circuit Court judge ordered an admitted alcoholic and multiple drunken-driving offender to the ... Full Story
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A DUI death in my family

Lihue, HI

#1 Apr 8, 2008
This was the right sentence. It is little consolation for the family of the deceased. But maybe the consequence of prison will dry Ragan out and for the time he is in prison, the community will be safe. He drank and drove so many times. The problem with alcoholics and/or drunk drivers is that they don't know how to stay off the roads when they drink. My friend's late alcoholic husband used to drive to buy more liquor because no one would get it for him. She couldn't stop him and would pray that he didn't kill someone.

Since: Feb 08

Minneapolis

#2 Apr 8, 2008
25,000+ people are killed every year by drunk drivers and ten times that number are injured. Billions of dollars are spent each year on medical and insurance claims and premiums.

And yet drinking and driving is still not given the attention it deserves except by the people who directly suffer or by those first responders who see the consequences on a regular basis.

Long overdue to wake up and realize that a decision to drink and drive was the choice of the offender and no different than any other poor choice that results in the death or crippling of an innocent person.
Big Okole

United States

#3 Apr 8, 2008
Four DUI's

Missouri December 1996
Kansas December 1999
Arizona May 2007
Date Street August 2006

Why did it take so long to convict this guy for the August 2006 crash?

I am surprised he didn't kill more people.

Based on this case I think that Jervis should get probation since it only was his first offense.
Jimbo

Honolulu, HI

#4 Apr 8, 2008
That's all?? 10 years?

Hawaii is badly in need of new penalty & sentencing laws.
kailua boy

Waipahu, HI

#5 Apr 8, 2008
Bret Regan is really a good driver...He is a lousy drunk.

Bad combination. Jail is appropriate and a longer sentence is in order.

Most of these drunks are good drivers. Too bad that do both at the same time. Put them in jail like Officer Arakawa....Jail.
Bud Lite

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#6 Apr 8, 2008
3 squares a day ,,, bed to sleep in ,,, guards will provide the booze ,,, he'll get out in no time.
maui haole

Vancouver, WA

#7 Apr 8, 2008
his buddies in the joint will probably shank him once they get tired of him singing "how dry I am"!
Arizona Girl

United States

#8 Apr 8, 2008
Brett Ragan is a great person who made mistakes. He is human. What he needs/needed was treatment not a 10 year jail sentence. Unless you know him and know about his life, don't judge him.
Big Okole

United States

#9 Apr 8, 2008
Jimbo wrote:
That's all?? 10 years?
Hawaii is badly in need of new penalty & sentencing laws.
Of his 4 DUI's Hawaii was the only state to put him in hail for longer than 10 days.

He not only got 10 years he had to pay $6,569 restitution for funeral expenses for the person he killed.
Brown man

Kaneohe, HI

#10 Apr 8, 2008
Arizona Girl wrote:
Brett Ragan is a great person who made mistakes. He is human. What he needs/needed was treatment not a 10 year jail sentence. Unless you know him and know about his life, don't judge him.
He can get all the treatment he wants in prison while serving his ten year sentence.
Derrick

United States

#11 Apr 8, 2008
Arizona Girl wrote:
Brett Ragan is a great person who made mistakes. He is human. What he needs/needed was treatment not a 10 year jail sentence. Unless you know him and know about his life, don't judge him.
He might be a great guy but he still doesn't get it. He'll have a lot of time to think about
Honolulu

Kula, HI

#12 Apr 8, 2008
Why does this guy only get 10 years? The DUI HPD officer that ran the red light and killed the poor girl a while back got 20 years. This guy is just as bad, if not worse.
Mike

Honolulu, HI

#13 Apr 8, 2008
A great person would have stopped drinking and driving after the first or even second conviction. The fact that he continued to do so and then end up killing someone does not give him any points. He's simply not a great person. He should spend at least 15 years in prison to avoid being a danger to himself and society.

What if he killed your friend or family member instead during the night the punk's friend died? How would you feel? Would you still think he's a great guy?
Arizona Girl wrote:
Brett Ragan is a great person who made mistakes. He is human. What he needs/needed was treatment not a 10 year jail sentence. Unless you know him and know about his life, don't judge him.
LONG OVERDUE

Iowa City, IA

#14 Apr 8, 2008
Arizona Girl wrote:
Brett Ragan is a great person who made mistakes. He is human. What he needs/needed was treatment not a 10 year jail sentence. Unless you know him and know about his life, don't judge him.
Trust me, Arizona Girl...you have no idea what kind of person Brett Ragan is. This has been going on since he was in HIGH SCHOOL in the Kansas City area. He is extremely selfish and unremorseful. Unfortunately, this sentence is about 10 years too late. Condolences to the family from KC.
Arizona Girl

United States

#16 Apr 8, 2008
That's just it, I do know what kind of person Brett is. I agree it has gone on for too long and he needs to get help. Ten years is excessive even though he will be out within six. It was an accident.
LONG OVERDUE wrote:
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Trust me, Arizona Girl...you have no idea what kind of person Brett Ragan is. This has been going on since he was in HIGH SCHOOL in the Kansas City area. He is extremely selfish and unremorseful. Unfortunately, this sentence is about 10 years too late. Condolences to the family from KC.
not LOL

El Segundo, CA

#17 Apr 8, 2008
Arizona Girl wrote:
Brett Ragan is a great person who made mistakes. He is human. What he needs/needed was treatment not a 10 year jail sentence. Unless you know him and know about his life, don't judge him.
So if a great guy while DUI kills a love one of yours and has repeated DUIs that person should not go to prison but get treatment in your opinion? Some how I doubt you would be so lenient or forgiving.
How do you know

Herndon, VA

#18 Apr 8, 2008
Arizona Girl wrote:
Brett Ragan is a great person who made mistakes. He is human. What he needs/needed was treatment not a 10 year jail sentence. Unless you know him and know about his life, don't judge him.
WHAT?? Great person? Are you reading the right story? Brett Ragan was convicted not once,not twice, not 3 times but for damn times for drunk driving and has NOT learned his lesson. Maybe the passenger should've been someone in your family and then let's see how much compassion you come up with!!
Arizona Girl

United States

#19 Apr 8, 2008
Prison is necessary - I agree with that. Ten years is excessive.
not LOL wrote:
<quoted text>So if a great guy while DUI kills a love one of yours and has repeated DUIs that person should not go to prison but get treatment in your opinion? Some how I doubt you would be so lenient or forgiving.
Brown Man

Silver Spring, MD

#20 Apr 8, 2008
Arizona Girl wrote:
Brett Ragan is a great person who made mistakes. He is human. What he needs/needed was treatment not a 10 year jail sentence. Unless you know him and know about his life, don't judge him.
I feel sorry for your parents Arizona Girl. You're going to be used and manipulated for life. Can I borrow some money.
How do you know

Falls Church, VA

#21 Apr 8, 2008
How do you know wrote:
<quoted text>
WHAT?? Great person? Are you reading the right story? Brett Ragan was convicted not once,not twice, not 3 times but for damn times for drunk driving and has NOT learned his lesson. Maybe the passenger should've been someone in your family and then let's see how much compassion you come up with!!
TYPO - I meant to type in FOUR damn times!

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