Long Beach man gets life for DUI death

Long Beach man gets life for DUI death

There are 56 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Sep 24, 2009, titled Long Beach man gets life for DUI death. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

A 23-year-old Long Beach man with a history of reckless driving was sentenced to a life term in prison this week for killing a man while driving drunk and fleeing from police last year.

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Oncle Willie

Hesperia, CA

#1 Sep 24, 2009
He should get out when his victim comes back to life.
Malocchio

United States

#2 Sep 24, 2009
I wonder if this young man likes to play "Butt Bongo Fiesta"
Amos

Long Beach, CA

#3 Sep 24, 2009
So sad. One guy's dead and the other's life is gone, all the result of one bad decision after another by the driver of the truck. I just wish the sentence would bring the victim back to life, but alas, it will not.
CHS

Fullerton, CA

#5 Sep 25, 2009
Going 70-100 MPH on what is essentially a side street?
bjh

Alton, IL

#6 Sep 25, 2009
Even after the police backed off he still didnt slow down. I think he got off easy.
bjh

Alton, IL

#7 Sep 25, 2009
Oncle Willie wrote:
He should get out when his victim comes back to life.
I have always had that philosophy Oncle Willie. I am happy to find someone who agrees with me.
Michael Ejercito

La Puente, CA

#8 Sep 25, 2009
Why does not the Legislature increase the penalty to include execution?

Since: Sep 09

Torrance, CA

#9 Sep 25, 2009
This penalty should be apply to the scum-bag that killed the 2 years old girl and injured her brother few weeks ago. It is only fair.

Since: Sep 09

Torrance, CA

#10 Sep 25, 2009
Michael Ejercito wrote:
Why does not the Legislature increase the penalty to include execution?
Because legislature are corrupt.
RB RN

Desert Hot Springs, CA

#11 Sep 25, 2009
Good. It's about time that drunk driving is not an acceptable crime with light sentencing. If someone dies they should get life without parole. Drunks know the difference between right and wrong.
Robert J G Jackson Sr

United States

#12 Sep 25, 2009
Good decision to give this guy a life term. What I fail to understand is how a life term given for such a violent and murderous crime translates into 16 years. Something is seriously wrong with our criminal justice system.
Malocchio

Salinas, CA

#13 Sep 25, 2009
What was his defense at the trial?
crazy world

Claremont, CA

#14 Sep 25, 2009
victims have no rights while the criminals are protected by the aclu and "community activist".
politicians don't care because they don't have to deal with the criminals they put back into the street. they should up in the hood for votes and then gone until the next voting cycle.
LB-mom

Tustin, CA

#16 Sep 25, 2009
Life is unfair if only he would have been the one who died that night (which also goes for the one a** that killed the baby and all drunk drivers)???? May the family of the victims find strength to remember their loved ones and move foward with their lives knowing that these monstors will be behind bars where they can't hurt any more...
La Santisima Muerte

Long Beach, CA

#17 Sep 25, 2009
so this guy kills a white guy and gets charged with first degree murder, and the same scenario happened the other day, but the suspect killed a hispanic lil girl, and he only gets charged with second degree murder??? the difference is 1st degree no parole, second degree possibility of parole!!
bjh

Alton, IL

#18 Sep 25, 2009
La Santisima Muerte wrote:
so this guy kills a white guy and gets charged with first degree murder, and the same scenario happened the other day, but the suspect killed a hispanic lil girl, and he only gets charged with second degree murder??? the difference is 1st degree no parole, second degree possibility of parole!!
Since they were both driving under the influence I would think the charges would be the same. But the courts decided on second degree for little Kaylee's murderer because he had no prior DUIs. Who knows how these things are decided upon. Anyone who kills a baby should go to prison for life. No exceptions.

Since: Mar 09

United States

#19 Sep 25, 2009
La Santisima Muerte wrote:
so this guy kills a white guy and gets charged with first degree murder, and the same scenario happened the other day, but the suspect killed a hispanic lil girl, and he only gets charged with second degree murder??? the difference is 1st degree no parole, second degree possibility of parole!!
Mr. Brown was convicted of second degree murder, the same charge that has been filed against the suspect in the death of Kaylee Alvarez.
honu

Norwalk, CA

#20 Sep 25, 2009
La Santisima Muerte wrote:
so this guy kills a white guy and gets charged with first degree murder, and the same scenario happened the other day, but the suspect killed a hispanic lil girl, and he only gets charged with second degree murder??? the difference is 1st degree no parole, second degree possibility of parole!!
Lil' Cody was charged with and convicted of 2nd degree murder. Dinkins has been charged with 2nd degree murder and if he's convicted, will face the same level of incarceration.

The rave of the victim or of the defendant are not an issue (let the howls begin)

The elements of 1st degree murder and 2nd degree are what differentiates the charges, not the sentencing guidelines.

All that being said, I think we can agree that neither should ever see the light of day again.
honu

Norwalk, CA

#21 Sep 25, 2009
"rave" should be race
rtr

Fort Worth, TX

#22 Sep 25, 2009
Malocchio wrote:
I wonder if this young man likes to play "Butt Bongo Fiesta"
Well I'm not sure if he knows about this game,but I'm sure he'll get a whole lotta practice at it!

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