Man gets 364 days for fatal accident

Man gets 364 days for fatal accident

There are 76 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Apr 14, 2011, titled Man gets 364 days for fatal accident. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

A 27-year-old man who struck two pedestrians while driving drunk - killing one - was sentenced Tuesday to 364 days in jail.

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Over the hill

Farmington, NM

#63 Apr 14, 2011
Suzie Colbert wrote:
A couple of blow jobs every week and he was fine...focused, clear.
And that should be continuing at this point.

Oh wait... you meant he was RECEIVING them... OK - never mind.
Lets see

Huntsville, AL

#64 Apr 14, 2011
Suzie Colbert wrote:
I dated this POS in high school. He had major familia issues then.
He was always blaming others for what was going on in his life. Dad was never there and never available and never helpful...that is the message I got.
He was deranged...somewhat sex-crazed...but what 17 year old boy isn't? A couple of blow jobs every week and he was fine...focused, clear.
He always had this sense of entitlement...like he knew he could get away with anything he imagined.
It's like some of the movies today...he was like that way back then. I'm not surprised...at his liquor issues and his total absence of morals. It was Dad wasn't there. Over and over.
Thank you for the opportunity to cleanse. I feel better knowning he should get more time and far more punsihment. I really hate how pious his parents are in this process. They share in the problem. I am so moved on...but I saw this case and it stuck me...there is such a cycle here.
I know he is not where he should be. He is evil.
You must have been one of the classy girls that slept around with his friends as well. I may have not known him back in high school, but I've known Nicholas for many years and probably one of the few people who he has become close to. He is not evil. He is, for lack of a better way to say it, fucked up. So is everyone in some form or another. Unfortunately his self destruction is not just destructive to himself. His parents are spectacular people and don't deserve any criticism for Nick's poor decisions. It's probably been around 10 years since you "dated" Nicholas, but it looks to me like you have not "so moved on".
LC Today

Brighton, MI

#65 Apr 14, 2011
So.....now your life is worth 364 days, right? Man....wer are getting cheaper every day.
Well

Alamogordo, NM

#66 Apr 14, 2011
New Mexico's DWI penalties (or lack of) are an absolute joke...
Well

Alamogordo, NM

#67 Apr 14, 2011
And where does all the state tax money go? Not toward supporting a competent judicial system that's for sure..
NewMexicoDUIstat e

Las Cruces, NM

#69 Apr 14, 2011
Wow..I'm at a loss for words. The DA office should have rolled the dice and tried to get a conviction. Lisa Schultz, how do you sleep at night? This is more proof that New Mexico is a state where drunks are given more and more incentive to drive drunk. A prudent person would have slowed down in rainy weather and been more cautious.
Las Cruces is thug city

Albuquerque, NM

#70 Apr 14, 2011
The stae says even though he was drunk, he would have killed them anyway? WHAT THE F//K IS WRONG HERE? He should not have even been behind the wheel!! The bar where he left is also to blame, right along with our former majors poor, poor child. We should feel sorry for him. NOW GET THIS PEOPLE!! HE WILL NO DOUBT BE OUR NEXT CITY COUNCILMAN WITHIN THE NEXT 4-6 YEARS!! F//K IT, I'M LEAVING THIS GESTAPO GUTTER TOWN. TOO MUCH FAVORITISM GOING ON HERE.
You know what else? If it was the majors kid killed by a drunk, the poor SOB who drove while drunk would be doing 20 to life for murder!!
I wonder where this loser lives?? Hmmm. Food for thought? YES!!
Insanity

Las Cruces, NM

#71 Apr 14, 2011
Corruption is still very much alive and well, and thriving in this town.
BLZ-Las Cruces

United States

#72 Apr 15, 2011
must be nice wrote:
he is probaly related to the judge or a friend of the family. if it was anyone else they would of got more time. good job judge
Yeah, his dad used to be the Mayor...
BLZ-Las Cruces

United States

#73 Apr 15, 2011
You know, maybe people are missing that he was on probation for a DUI, he was SUPPOSED to have an Interlock Ignition switch, and he drank getting behind the wheel AGAIN without that interlock in place, and probably did every day before that, and would have continued to had this not happened. The actions of the other people may have not been perfect either-but they weren't operating a vehicle in an altered state and violating rules and conditions ALREADY in place for driving! The couple that was hit were getting married just DAYS after this incident, instead-their family was having a funeral. 365 days doesn't take a lifetime of that memory away!
common sense

Las Cruces, NM

#74 Apr 15, 2011
stopTAGGING ourWALLS wrote:
With the exception that two people are destroyed,
this was a fair decision, the facts of the case
were spread out on the table for debate and this is it.
This kid got really, really lucky he is only giving up a year.
He'll carry this the rest of his life and there is no need to ruin him.
Get real. He had 2 previous drunk driving convictions. He was required by law to be driving a vehicle with an ignition interlock which he was not. His blood alcohol level was .17 3.5 HOURS AFTER the "accident" occured. It took 3.5 hours to get a blood alcohol reading because he refused to give one and a court order had to be obtained in order to get it. Remember .17 3.5 HOURS AFTER it happened. How many people does he have to ruin to take responsibility for his decisions and actions.

“Irony, metaphor, film @ eleven”

Since: Feb 08

Old Mesilla/New Las Cruces

#75 Apr 15, 2011
common sense wrote:
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Get real. He had 2 previous drunk driving convictions. He was required by law to be driving a vehicle with an ignition interlock which he was not. His blood alcohol level was .17 3.5 HOURS AFTER the "accident" occured. It took 3.5 hours to get a blood alcohol reading because he refused to give one and a court order had to be obtained in order to get it. Remember .17 3.5 HOURS AFTER it happened. How many people does he have to ruin to take responsibility for his decisions and actions.
I get it. Fair and balanced?

He got the maximum penalty and fine. If the facts of the case as you state it,
are in court that day, that would have been addressed as well.

Before I knew the published "facts" of the case, I wanted this guy under the jail.
He should not have been driving after drinking and all of it in the night rain. The pedestrians entered the intersection against the traffic light. Dual tragedies.

I get it.
Valley Native

Albuquerque, NM

#76 Apr 15, 2011
LC Today wrote:
So.....now your life is worth 364 days, right? Man....wer are getting cheaper every day.
What there saying is if you step in front of a moving car, don't blame the driver for your injuries.
LC Native

Las Cruces, NM

#77 Apr 15, 2011
stopTAGGING ourWALLS wrote:
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He got the maximum penalty and fine.
No, he didn't get the maximum penalty. He got half the maximum.

The maximum penalty would have been _consecutive_ sentences, not _concurrent_ sentences.

Consecutive sentence = 2 years

Concurrent sentence resulted in 1 year.
common sense

Las Cruces, NM

#78 Apr 15, 2011
stopTAGGING ourWALLS wrote:
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I get it. Fair and balanced?
He got the maximum penalty and fine. If the facts of the case as you state it,
are in court that day, that would have been addressed as well.
Before I knew the published "facts" of the case, I wanted this guy under the jail.
He should not have been driving after drinking and all of it in the night rain. The pedestrians entered the intersection against the traffic light. Dual tragedies.
I get it.
Like I said before. Get Real. He could have been sentenced so one sentence followed the other. As it is now he serves them at the same time. How many chances do you think this guy deserves. This is strike number three. How many is enough?

“Irony, metaphor, film @ eleven”

Since: Feb 08

Old Mesilla/New Las Cruces

#79 Apr 15, 2011
common sense wrote:
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Like I said before. Get Real. He could have been sentenced so one sentence followed the other. As it is now he serves them at the same time. How many chances do you think this guy deserves. This is strike number three. How many is enough?
Get his attorney's number.
Ask the prosecutor.
Ask the presiding Judge.

Get a number from them.

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