Driver gets 7 years' probation in fatal hit-and-run in Lake

A sobbing Rhonda Conard stood in a Lake County courtroom Wednesday, angrily facing the man who ran over and killed her 14-year-old daughter nearly a year ago. Full Story
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NikNak

Mount Juliet, TN

#1 Apr 30, 2009
Guy must've had a great lawyer!
oddly

Merritt Island, FL

#2 Apr 30, 2009
That little detail about the cop coming along during the middle of the hit and run was never mentioned in the original reports.
Well Connected

United States

#3 Apr 30, 2009
Lake County courts are infamous for fixing things. This one does not make sense. It's got to be all about money.
Johnson says he don't like "deals" but he's going to take this one. This guy is an outsider who comes in here in the middle of the night and strikes a local child and leaves her dying on the side of the road and he got a deal. How much did someone pay for this deal. That Judge could have made himself look good (not that they care how they look) and taken this one to trial and give him the correct sentence. He'll be "VOPed" by the end of this year. Probably kill again and then what? I guess Judge Michael Johnson will roll over in bed and ask his wife Judge Michelle Morley what to do next.
To bad these idiots don't have real life experience.
Mary Ann

Orlando, FL

#4 Apr 30, 2009
How did the time of the accident get changed? It happened at 3 am, not 9 pm. Who lets their 13-year-old child 'go for a walk' on a dark road at 3 in the morning? And if the Groveland cop stopped and didn't see anything, how would the driver know what he hit?

“American Against Fascism”

Since: Apr 08

Central Florida

#5 Apr 30, 2009
I think his sentence may have been a tad more severe had he been black or hispanic.

Since: Oct 08

Rochester, NY

#6 Apr 30, 2009
The only 'positive' that I see coming out of Wright not having to serve any jail time is that the Conard family can file a wrongful death civil suit.
Wright may only have 7 years probation, but he'll be paying the civil suit judgment for the rest of his life.
DeBary resident

Orlando, FL

#7 Apr 30, 2009
I hate that someone has to die before drunk drivers are punished. The hit and run drunk driver who totaled my car got away scot free and I had to pay for the damages to his car. The police weren't concerned, even though he had a 3 page long rap sheet full of DUI's and a DUI ticket on his passenger seat. He got away and I have a scar from the accident. Some justice system.
Judge Johnson Idiot

Longwood, FL

#8 Apr 30, 2009
OPEN LETTER TO JUDGE JOHNSON: Sir, you are an idiot and a disgrace. If this had been your child that had been run over and allowed to die beside the road, then I am pretty sure that this killer Wright would be doing the max. Do everyone a big favor and resign Sir and save us the trouble of voting you out of office. I am going to put a big asterisk beside this article and from now on out I am going to make it a point to remind the voters of your sorry A--.
CBS

Tampa, FL

#9 Apr 30, 2009
What a great legal system we have where a guy goes to jail for killing a few dogs but this conscience-less @#$ doesn't.
Pot

Orlando, FL

#10 Apr 30, 2009
Chester DeGrasse wrote:
I think his sentence may have been a tad more severe had he been black or hispanic.
Oh sure, more racist comments.
Grassy Jester

Orlando, FL

#11 Apr 30, 2009
Chester DeGrasse wrote:
I think his sentence may have been a tad more severe had he been black or hispanic.
We can only hope :)
Lyn

Deland, FL

#14 Apr 30, 2009
Probation?? WTF??? He should be in jail forever. That judge needs to slapped upside his stupid head and removed from the bench. What a jerk. I hope he never sleeps again because every time he closes his eyes he sees that little girl dead by the side of the road.
Alan

Denver, CO

#15 Apr 30, 2009
Chester DeGrasse wrote:
I think his sentence may have been a tad more severe had he been black or hispanic.
Too bad that was not you they found on the side of the road the next morning -ickweed.
elfinmagic

Daytona Beach, FL

#16 Apr 30, 2009
This family needs to hire an attorney and go for a civil suit against this monster and his girlfriend! Wow if Casey Anthony had this attorney should would already be back at the club on a pole!
Bill Hubbard

Fairport, NY

#17 Apr 30, 2009
Would someone please post this scumbucket's address ?
Well Connected

Barnesville, OH

#18 Apr 30, 2009
Judge Johnson Idiot wrote:
OPEN LETTER TO JUDGE JOHNSON: Sir, you are an idiot and a disgrace. If this had been your child that had been run over and allowed to die beside the road, then I am pretty sure that this killer Wright would be doing the max. Do everyone a big favor and resign Sir and save us the trouble of voting you out of office. I am going to put a big asterisk beside this article and from now on out I am going to make it a point to remind the voters of your sorry A--.
First, he does not deserve your kindness.
I know plenty of good Lake County folks on your side about this. Here is the problem, we can't get anyone to run against these judges because they know if they loose they are dead meat. Don't give up, everyday the public is getting more tired of this judicial malfeasance. By the way I find out that a lot of people don't know that Judge Michael Johnson, Circuit Judge is married to Judge Michele Morley, Circuit Judge. I guess that's kinda like the Chief of Police in Orlando being married to the Sheriff of Orange County. It's all in the family. P.S. Please don't forget Judge Dick Singletary who was twice informed by probation that one James Patrick Lanier had failed his drug test with probation and twice Singletary turned his head and left the public at the mercy of this convict with 90 rapsheet pages. He attacked two elderly men and eventually carjacked a vehicle from the last one. In the escape he struck Leesburg Police Officers headon and caused great bodily harm to them. Singletary should also resign immediately. He's been there more than long enough.
Well Connected

Barnesville, OH

#19 Apr 30, 2009
Bill Hubbard wrote:
Would someone please post this scumbucket's address ?
Here it is: Paul Eugene Wright 11102 Curlew Ct. Riverview, Fl 33596. The place apparently belongs to Matthew B. Dukes who ownes a Florida Corp called LJN Inc. On this short notice I don't know what their connection is.
a close friend

Williston, FL

#20 Apr 30, 2009
just to clarify things... the chikd was hit before 10pm the report was wrong from the beginnning and the media never chose to "fix" it. The biggest problem from day one was how this was handled by the FHP. Megans mom believed in them and they messed it all up.. RIP Megan! PS please don't dis on the family when you don't know the facts... The truth is the man hit a child and is FREE while Megan will never come home...
Kathy Collier

Ozark, AL

#21 Apr 30, 2009
Seems like a small price for him to pay for hitting that little girl and leaving her there to die. There really is no justice in this world he should have gotten a lot harsher sentence.
Part of the family

Ocoee, FL

#22 May 10, 2011
Well Connected wrote:
<quoted text>
Here it is: Paul Eugene Wright 11102 Curlew Ct. Riverview, Fl 33596. The place apparently belongs to Matthew B. Dukes who ownes a Florida Corp called LJN Inc. On this short notice I don't know what their connection is.
You seem to know alot of information.. If you have been following up on this case no he has not violated yet and i dont see it happening he was ordered to pay restitution thats it 150 a month and he dont even pay.. seen about 8 partial checks we call up his probation officer which so happens to be a different one each time because he moves around alot.. so theres nothing we can do now.. except wait and hopefully he will be put in prison where he belongs...

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