Driver in fatal crash pleads guilty

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A teenager faces up to 24 years in prison when he's sentenced in December for causing a crash that killed three people and an unborn child.
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gardner

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I am the grand daughter of Marilyn Gardner. Tyler Sutton decided to get behind the wheel of his car on that fateful day in September and I will always question that in my mind. The fact of the matter is that it did happen and Tyler, just as I, never will forget it. The fact is that he was a young man. One could even call him a boy. Now the prosecutor wants to potentially lock him up for 24 years. Marijuana was found in his system. Was he smoking pot while he was driving? That would certainly be useful information and as far as I know he was not. This is just another case of prosecuting attorneys getting there hands on a case that involves the most infamous class one drug...marijuana! If there is anyone out there reading this that has experimented with cannabis (about 42% of Americans) than you would know the "legal" drugs such as alcohol and tobacco are far worse for society. Tobacco kills almost 162,000 individuals a year while alcohol can be the cause for almost 100,000 deaths a year. Cannabis has never, will never, and can never kill a single human! The only exception is if someone drives a automobile while directly under the influence of marijuana (which can be tested). I personally do not smoke pot now but I have in the past and I certainly know that the reason that marijuana can not be legalized is because powerful people make to much money owning prisons. This is just another one of Richard Nixon's prison misfits. Just another person being forced into modern day slavery that makes the rich prison owners richer and the poor working class poorer. This is the type of BS that makes me want to move to Europe where the individuals in power actually use their heads instead of thinking with there wallets. Don't you think that Tyler is paying for this accident everyday of his life? I AM ONE OF THE REMAINING TWO GARDNERS LEFT IN THE WORLD AND I DON'T EVEN WANT THIS MAN TO GO TO PRISON.
jennifer

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Oct 10, 2008
 
to the grand daughter that wrote the first comment on here...first of all im sorry for your lose..i truely am, but i have to agree with you 100% sweetie!!!! i personally dont know tyler, but yes he is suffering enough and will for the rest of his life. 24 years in prison is just unheard of. he is and always will be in his own prison in his mind and in his heart...he is a child who made a bad choice...and PLEASE show me one of us on earth who hasnt!!! hes been punished enough already....and my prayers will be with him. as well as with the all the family members of everyone who was involved in this horrible ACCIDENT.
Bill Dikant

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Ho boy, these two's thoughts scare the livin' daylights out of me. Sure, let 'em go, let 'em try to kill again. He is suffering and will suffer 24 years in prison too much???, Poor working class you haven't been around lady, the arrestee's are a mix of all age groups. Political remarks seem like a sort of brain washing.Maybe you both should house him for those 24 years you pity him so much.

Bill Dikant, Victim Advocate, Castleton, N.Y. 12033
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Lafayette, IN

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Bill Dikant wrote:
Ho boy, these two's thoughts scare the livin' daylights out of me. Sure, let 'em go, let 'em try to kill again. He is suffering and will suffer 24 years in prison too much???, Poor working class you haven't been around lady, the arrestee's are a mix of all age groups. Political remarks seem like a sort of brain washing.Maybe you both should house him for those 24 years you pity him so much.
Bill Dikant, Victim Advocate, Castleton, N.Y. 12033
I agree. He chose to do what he did. No one forced him. What happened to society that they think people no longer need to be responsible for their own actions?
SteelyDan

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Oct 11, 2008
 
Please, go back to France.
clyde4you

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Oct 11, 2008
 
Smokeing Dope is illeagal. Regardless of when you smoked it. I say convict him of all charges. I support the new law makeing it a A or B felony. Just a few years back it was a D felony. In which it was only punishable up to 3 years. So maybe in end of his sentence he will learn that smokeing marijuana does not pay the bills. Do the crime do the time
EricS

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He chose his own actions, and now he needs to face the consequences of those actions. I just think it's a crime that if he had only been drunk, he would not be looking at anywhere near the time he is for being high. Drunk or high should carry the same sentence, and always the maximum. Stop plea bargaining whith these idiots and get them off the streets for good.
Travis Ward

Gurnee, IL

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You know people if that was your child your hearts would feel different. I feel that everyone makes their own choices just the same as you. Although, when it is a child who can blame it on them it falls back on society and the parents. I have 5 children and you know I take full responsibility for everything they do. I feel that 24 years for this kid is not justified at all. Ok so he smoked pot 2 weeks before ok so your kids haven't tried it. My heart goes out to all the families because they all have lost here grantit he still breathes but you know that is unfair because they were his friends also clear up until the accident. My children know him and they really like him because they said he was a good kid that mad bad choices. The funny thing about that is my daughters are 9 and my son is 7 they make more sense than most of you on here.
a parent

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Oct 14, 2008
 
Travis Ward wrote:
You know people if that was your child your hearts would feel different. I feel that everyone makes their own choices just the same as you. Although, when it is a child who can blame it on them it falls back on society and the parents. I have 5 children and you know I take full responsibility for everything they do. I feel that 24 years for this kid is not justified at all. Ok so he smoked pot 2 weeks before ok so your kids haven't tried it. My heart goes out to all the families because they all have lost here grantit he still breathes but you know that is unfair because they were his friends also clear up until the accident. My children know him and they really like him because they said he was a good kid that mad bad choices. The funny thing about that is my daughters are 9 and my son is 7 they make more sense than most of you on here.
Well, I am the mother of four, and NO they have never tried pot nor any drug. They are smarter than that. Their father is a firefighter and has been to too many calls of STUPID people that have drank too much and drove or done drugs and o.d.ed.
They have seen him come home and cry because he couldn't save a child who was the innocent victim of a person under the influence and chose to drive.
So don't lecture me on how your children are smarter than I. I have to help my husband hold it together after he goes to clean up the mess someone else has caused. My children are 19, 16, 13 and 10. My 19 year old won't even get her driver's license because of all the tragedy she has heard her father talk about. My children don't even associate with children that drink, do drugs or just disrespect their parents, and that is their choice. So, GOD help you that think it is okay for any child to do drugs or drink and drive. As for the adults that do the same, no wonder your children think it is okay.
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And as far as I am concerned, if my children chose to do something so stupid and irresponsible, I would still love them, but they would have to answer for what they had done. If it meant jail time , then so be it. Tough love!!
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Oct 14, 2008
 
Travis Ward wrote:
You know people if that was your child your hearts would feel different. I feel that everyone makes their own choices just the same as you. Although, when it is a child who can blame it on them it falls back on society and the parents. I have 5 children and you know I take full responsibility for everything they do. I feel that 24 years for this kid is not justified at all. Ok so he smoked pot 2 weeks before ok so your kids haven't tried it. My heart goes out to all the families because they all have lost here grantit he still breathes but you know that is unfair because they were his friends also clear up until the accident. My children know him and they really like him because they said he was a good kid that mad bad choices. The funny thing about that is my daughters are 9 and my son is 7 they make more sense than most of you on here.
Right now I have a son sitting in the county jail here. Granted, he didn't do anything as stupid as get high and kill someone, all he did was get behind on his support payments. Either way, he is being man enough to accept his punishment, just as this Tyler Sutton needs to do. "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime"
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This is an extremely sad situation, but you are only seeing a limited amount of information provided in this article. The truth is this teen was originally charged with 10 felony counts in connection with this accident. The 4 charges he pled guilty to are a plea bargain. He also had problems in his past, so this is not a "first time, only time" occurance. I have two teenage daugthers and one teenage son, so I realize this must be a horrific situation for Tyler's parents, but no one can fathem the suffering his irresponsibility has caused the familes of those who lost their lives. 16-24 years is nothing in comparison to forever.

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