Teen sentenced to 7-15 years for deadly drunk driving crash

A Muskegon County teenager involved in a deadly drunk driving accident will spend up to 15 years in prison. Read more
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Bill Dikant

Queensbury, NY

#1 Mar 5, 2008
The Phrase "up to" misleading, dont forget the "HIGHWAY TERRORIST" will get credit for "good time", and only serve 2/3rds of the time.The party store Should lose their license forever for this."Vehicles dont Kill-------HIGHWAY TERRORISTS DO!".
concerned citizen

Flint, MI

#2 Mar 5, 2008
I think the owner of the store should also be charged because you can't tell me that those boys looked 21.
Neko

United States

#3 Mar 5, 2008
How many rapists, robbers, and murderers will they be releasing to punish this young man?

Which gang will he be joining for "protection'?

Drunk drivers need to be sentenced to hospital stays....not jail. Time to change the law.(Fill those hospital beds, put more nurses to work, and make everyones health care more affordable!)
Lisa

Spring Lake, MI

#5 Mar 5, 2008
concerned citizen wrote:
I think the owner of the store should also be charged because you can't tell me that those boys looked 21.
I agree!
Friend in Virginia

Bethpage, NY

#6 Mar 5, 2008
The entire story is sad, 3 boys dead and one that will live with it the rest of his life. Punishment and treatment are needed to help Chad to control his abusive ways.(Anger, alcohol and drugs).
The real fight now is for the family and friends of these boys to petition the Kwik Way Mart which by the way, is still selling beer to underage kids. The community needs to force the alcohol commission to yank the beer license for good. Sounds like the Kwik Way Mart has no respect for the lives of our young, only the almighty dollar, put them out of business. I don't live in Michigan and I can tell you that if this took place in Virginia, the Kwik Way Mart would have been closed immediately and their license suspended until the hearing. With this behind them, the families of these young men can begin their healing process and move on with their lives. My heart goes out to each and everyone that knew Shawn, Terry and Aaron. God Bless you all on the tough journey you have ahead!
LAKETON

Virginia Beach, VA

#7 Mar 5, 2008
My heart goes out to the families. What a horrible tragedy this whole thing is. Reeths Puffer students are still dealing with it, I know because my son is a senior there. Say prayers for all of them. The families, Chad and the classmates at RP.
muksegon

Portland, MI

#8 Mar 5, 2008
Everyone looks for someone else to blame. Store made a mistake but if they didn't sell it I'm sure they would have found it elsewhere. Prison does no good either as it will not bring back the dead or right a wrong. Education may help and lots of counseling now is needed for everyone. Accidents still happen just like they did twenty years ago but then they were accidents and tragedys which did not lead to prison. Today thank society for trying to protect everyone and for making someone to balme and punish, Not help. Hope no one ever gets into a accident because you'll need a lawyer to stay out of prison.
Pam

Holland, MI

#9 Mar 5, 2008
drunk drivers are a scourge.
it should be legal for citizens to beat drunk drivers silly.
second offense should be a stone wall behind the police station to line them up against and be shot!

why don't apply all these new socialistic/Marxist smoking laws to alcohol ?
cindy

Jenison, MI

#10 Mar 5, 2008
Pam wrote:
drunk drivers are a scourge.
it should be legal for citizens to beat drunk drivers silly.
second offense should be a stone wall behind the police station to line them up against and be shot!
why don't apply all these new socialistic/Marxist smoking laws to alcohol ?
hey miss goodie 2 shoes you are stupid,this boy does not deserve 7 to 15,put yourself or someone you love in his shoes and rethink that.

Since: Sep 07

Grand Rapids, MI

#11 Mar 5, 2008
cindy wrote:
<quoted text>hey miss goodie 2 shoes you are stupid,this boy does not deserve 7 to 15,put yourself or someone you love in his shoes and rethink that.
Actually, Pam is right, and your the stupid one, Cindy.

7-15 years is generous considering he selfishly got behind the wheel and killed three people.
Law and Order

Bethpage, NY

#12 Mar 5, 2008
cindy wrote:
<quoted text>hey miss goodie 2 shoes you are stupid,this boy does not deserve 7 to 15,put yourself or someone you love in his shoes and rethink that.
What do you think that he deserves ? Should we just tell him he was a bad boy and now go to your room without dinner ? It's unfortunate that this had to happen, 3 boys killed, 3 families lives will never be the same. Untold grief and issues down the road. Bottom line is personal responseability for ones actions.That's part of the problem with todays society, no one wants to own up to their actions.It's always "he was agood boy" (until he got caught !!).I hope that he really does want to turn his life around and makes a positive effort to do so.My condolences to all the families.

“November 12th, 2011”

Since: Nov 07

up a tree

#13 Mar 5, 2008
Bill Dikant wrote:
The Phrase "up to" misleading, dont forget the "HIGHWAY TERRORIST" will get credit for "good time", and only serve 2/3rds of the time.
I believe Michigan now has truth in sentencing, meaning you now have to serve your full minimum. Could someone please correct me if they know different?.
cindy

Jenison, MI

#14 Mar 5, 2008
dragon_fly121 aka steve wrote:
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Actually, Pam is right, and your the stupid one, Cindy.
7-15 years is generous considering he selfishly got behind the wheel and killed three people.
they all made that chioce not just him also the person that sold it should also be doing time and yes he should be doing some but 7 to 14 in prison
what do you think that kid is going to be like when he gets out.you can bet your stupid a** that he wishes that he would have died to.

Since: Sep 07

Grand Rapids, MI

#15 Mar 5, 2008
cindy wrote:
<quoted text>they all made that chioce not just him also the person that sold it should also be doing time and yes he should be doing some but 7 to 14 in prison
what do you think that kid is going to be like when he gets out.you can bet your stupid a** that he wishes that he would have died to.
Too bad he didn't...
roni

Sun Prairie, WI

#16 Mar 5, 2008
yea well i honestly think he shouldnt be in prison he wasnt the only one who made the choice to get in the car! he needs to go to a rehab and other things not jail or prison...!
and to dragon_fly121 aka steve thats wrong! he wishs that he would have died too.. and with people like u just make it worse on him... and i kno that if he isnt in prison for to long hell prolly end up killing himself! how great would u feel then!

“Lost my mind”

Since: Apr 07

be back later

#17 Mar 5, 2008
cindy wrote:
<quoted text>they all made that chioce not just him also the person that sold it should also be doing time and yes he should be doing some but 7 to 14 in prison
what do you think that kid is going to be like when he gets out.you can bet your stupid a** that he wishes that he would have died to.
Then maybe he shouldn't have made the CHOICE to buy the alcohol knowing he wasn't 21 years old. Maybe he shouldn't have made the CHOICE to get behind the wheel of that car and drive back to the same store and BUY MORE. Maybe he shouldn't have made the CHOICE to get behind the wheel of that car again and drive drunk AGAIN.

He didn't learn his lesson the first time. This is NOT his first MIP, and he wasn't even driving on a valid driver's license.

And funny, everyone is centered on this 'poor man who has to do prison time for killing people'. What about the families who no longer get to see the boys they loved? What about the families who will never have the chance to see them grow older and become parents themselves?

And what about the tanker driver who now has to live with the fact for the rest of his life that his rig aided in the death of 3 young men? He was NOT at fault for this accident, but he still gets to think about the fact that his truck was involved in an accident that 3 young men did NOT walk away from. All because someone decided to make the choices he did.

Now he has to live with those choices and face the consequences of those choices.
Pammie

Syracuse, NY

#18 Mar 5, 2008
I can't believe you would say something like that steve! honestly! what kind of person are you. Yes I believe he should be punished. Prison for 7 years is a little bit of an over kil but i do believe he should be held resposible but to say too bad he didn't die! your a heartless person.
Bill Dikant

Queensbury, NY

#19 Mar 6, 2008
George H wrote:
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yes to that. this kid apparently was enjoying a night with friends and has to live the rest of his life with the guilt of this accident. what will prison do for him? nothing except make him an angry young man.
Your feelings towards the killer is amazeing, do you have some left over for the Victims family.B.T.W Drunk Driving is no "Accident" it is a violent crime,He will forget this in due time.Enjoyinha night with friends what drinking he knew what would happen if he were caught, he EARNED everything he got.
Miss Meow

United States

#20 Mar 11, 2008
Now the store owners are about to lose their livelyhood because more parents are not watching their kids or raising them right. When children do something negative we blame everyone BUT the parent or the child.

“Lost my mind”

Since: Apr 07

be back later

#21 Mar 11, 2008
Miss Meow wrote:
Now the store owners are about to lose their livelyhood because more parents are not watching their kids or raising them right. When children do something negative we blame everyone BUT the parent or the child.
And the store could have avioded loosing their liquor license by checking ID's. It's against the law in Michigan to sell to anyone under the age of 21. Simply askinig for ID's and telling the kid NO wouldn't have saved the clerk the fines for selling or the potential cost loss of license for the store.

It's not that difficult to say NO, despite what some think.

Yes, the parents should have been more involved too. But the driver is 19 years old. He's technically an adult. The rest of the kids were not.

But you have to place blame where it belongs. It's not the parent's fault the clerk sold to this kid. It's the clerk's fault for being lazy and not checking ID's.

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