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
Mike

Honolulu, HI

#22 Apr 8, 2008
Ten years is not excessive considering he was arrested four times for drunk driving. Do the match and you'll see that he's only serving 2.5 years for each conviction.

After 10 years or less due to parole, he can move on with his life. But, what about his dead friend and his family. How do they move on? They will but they won't really since there's a big hole in there hearts, all because your friend is arrogant to think that he can handle drunk driving.
Arizona Girl wrote:
Prison is necessary - I agree with that. Ten years is excessive. <quoted text>
Mililani Girl

Honolulu, HI

#23 Apr 8, 2008
Do the crime, pay the time.....
How do you know

Herndon, VA

#24 Apr 8, 2008
Arizona Girl wrote:
Prison is necessary - I agree with that. Ten years is excessive. <quoted text>
He KILLED someone because of his actions! Maybe you should meet the family of the person that died...maybe they can knock some sense into you! Like I mentioned before,if he killed someone in your family I bet you wouldn't feel that 10 years was too long! Are you tryingt to minimize the life of the victim? The victim was only 23 years old and Ragan only gets 10 years? Get your paper and pen out...because you will need write to that "great guy" in prison for ONLY ten years or less. You are absolutely clueless!

Since: Feb 08

Minneapolis

#25 Apr 8, 2008
Arizona Girl wrote:
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. <quoted text>
Mr. Ragan might be a nice guy - I don't know. Apparently you have some personal knowledge or history with him and you are in a better position to give an opinion of him as a person.

But his being a nice/good person only means there are probably family and friends who will miss him more than if he was a jerk and I do feel for them (and him for screwing up his life).

But in the end all that matters to most people is what he did to another family and that was no "accident." One of the reasons he has been able to get away with this life-threatening behavior is the attitude of, "It was an accident."

Try as I might I cannot even go so far as to say it was a "preventable accident." The very word "accident" implies death at the hands of a drunk driver is somehow less serious and that somehow the drunk driver is less responsible. It cheapens the life of the victim(s) and discredits the loss felt by their loved ones.

What is truly irresponsible is the decision to drink and drive and continuing to promote the myth that these incidents are "accidents."
nomo money

Pahoa, HI

#26 Apr 8, 2008
driving drunk is no accident.
he made the choice to do so.
the 4 DUI are only the times he was caught...wonder how often he drove drunk with "luck" on his side!
such a "great guy" should have called "great friends" to pick him up.
hope he gets treatment and sober while locked up.
Leewardguy

Honolulu, HI

#27 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.
Oh please, tell that to the family of David Joshua. I'm sure they would love to here that. This SOB has had several DUI's in the past ten years. Serving ten years doesn't come close to the appropriate punishment. He needs to take responsibilities for his action. And I hope that David Joshua doesn’t have any family in the prison he's going.
Leewardguy

Honolulu, HI

#28 Apr 8, 2008
Arizona Girl wrote:
Prison is necessary - I agree with that. Ten years is excessive. <quoted text>
Ten years excessive. Tell me something (You from this planet).
arold-hawaii

Pearl City, HI

#29 Apr 9, 2008
HE SAHOULD BE EXECUTED
Cuz

Waianae, HI

#33 Apr 9, 2008
My bet is that all he will serve in prison is 3 to 5 years and then 6 to 8 months in a half-way house. Come on gang, we all know that Hawaii's judges like to extend Aloha!
Arizona Girl

United States

#34 Apr 9, 2008
You sound like a nice college educated person...NOT!
arold-hawaii wrote:
KILL THE SOB
Arizona Girl

United States

#35 Apr 9, 2008
He will be out within 6 years.
Cuz wrote:
My bet is that all he will serve in prison is 3 to 5 years and then 6 to 8 months in a half-way house. Come on gang, we all know that Hawaii's judges like to extend Aloha!
Arizona Girl

United States

#37 Apr 9, 2008
Do any of you actually know these people or do you just like to give your input? He was 23, drunk, drugs in his system, getting into a car with a complete stranger. Obviously, he used poor judgement as well. He didn't deserve to die and Brett didn't deserve 10 years.
Mike

Honolulu, HI

#38 Apr 9, 2008
We don't need to know Brett to know that what he did was wrong. He's a repeat DUI offender whose luck ran out when he got someone killed while committing yet another drunk driving offense. Most people would be sympathetic if it was his first offense but he was convicted three previous times. I and most people simply cannot accept his arrogance in thinking he can repeatedly violate the law. Well, the hammer finally fell on him this time to the tune of a 10 year sentence. You know he'll be out in less time than that and he can possibly turn his life arround. His victim is in the ground and his family can only pray he has a good time in the afterlife.

In summary, we don't need to know someone to know they're either have bad judgement or are no good. For example, do you need to know Charles Manson to know that killing Sharon Tate was wrong. Do we need to know Ted Bundy to understand that his serial killing ways were wrong? I doubt it. This is why we can comment on your Brett without personally knowing him. His crime affects society; he didn't commit just a tort.
Arizona Girl wrote:
Do any of you actually know these people or do you just like to give your input? He was 23, drunk, drugs in his system, getting into a car with a complete stranger. Obviously, he used poor judgement as well. He didn't deserve to die and Brett didn't deserve 10 years.
Just Me

Honolulu, HI

#40 Apr 10, 2008
Arizona Girl wrote:
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. <quoted text>
It was an accident that could have been prevented. It's too late now and he obviously didn't learn his lesson. You admit you don't know him, so why are you backing him up. 10 years is too short for taking a life under these curcumstances. He didn't learn and got off easy the previous times. That's why he drove uncer the influence again and would continue to do so if not given a stiff sentence.
Just Me

Honolulu, HI

#41 Apr 10, 2008
Just Me wrote:
<quoted text>
It was an accident that could have been prevented. It's too late now and he obviously didn't learn his lesson. You admit you don't know him, so why are you backing him up. 10 years is too short for taking a life under these curcumstances. He didn't learn and got off easy the previous times. That's why he drove uncer the influence again and would continue to do so if not given a stiff sentence.
Correction - Arizona Girl, sorry, you admit you know him, but I don't think so because you say he's a great person. Great guys don't kill their friends since great guys won't drive while intoxicated and would have learned the first time around.
An Observer

Kapaa, HI

#42 Apr 10, 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.
A human, yes, a great human, not really. A great human puts himself in danger to protect others. A great human sacrifices himself to save others. Usually a great human's spouse gets a folded flag and a medal at an open graveside. A great human can at least sacrifice his urge for a drink before driving.

If you knew him, you should have taken his car keys. You should have screamed in his face, "get some help before you kill somebody." You should have told the other jurisdictions that he may have been violating terms of probation. That could have gotten him some help and saved a life.

I had a friend who fought valiantly in Vietnam. However, he racked up a bunch of DUIs about ten years ago and many of us had to turn away and stop making excuses and helping him out of situations. It wasn't easy and it still haunts us. He got fired, lost his wife and kids and eventually sobered up. He thinks we deserted him. He hates us. But he would never had sought help (or have had it forced on him) until he hit rock bottom. This case makes me feel that the hatred we earned may have been worth it.
Arizona Woman

Scottsdale, AZ

#43 May 2, 2008
Who ever you are in Dallas, Miss Arizona Girl, you are truly truly naive. I have known Brett for the last four years and he is a manipulative selfish using person, not to mention I think he had more than one arrest in Arizona. He drove drunk and high countless times. COUNTLESS!!!! He NEVER wanted to get help at all. WAS ABSOLUTELY NOT INTERESTED in bettering himself in any way, shape or form. PLease grow up. Don't let yourself get manipulated by people like that. Life is way too short. I think he should have gotten 30 years for what he has done.
old friend

Kansas City, MO

#44 May 30, 2008
Brett has had a problem for some time. Maybe he can get help now and move on with his life. If this does not change him nothing will!
Old FriendToo

Saint Louis, MO

#45 Mar 15, 2009
Does anyone have any current information on Brett's sentence or where he is now? What about his fiancee?
LauLau

AOL

#46 Mar 15, 2009
Ten years is not enough!!!!!!!! Another ten for being an idiot!!!!!!!! Don't come to Hawaii and think you can get away with such behavior.

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