Driver sentenced in fatal crash

Mar 17, 2011 Full story: Recorder 6

The Fort Plain woman who crashed into a pair of Jefferson County motorcyclists on Route 5 in July 2010, killing one of them, was sentenced to 6 to 18 years in prison Wednesday, but the surviving victim says she's been given a second chance.

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SAD

Albany, NY

#1 Mar 17, 2011
What a shame.
angry

Albany, NY

#2 Mar 17, 2011
SAD wrote:
What a shame.
Why is it a shame?She killed a man and severly injured another.She knew what she was doing when she got behind the wheel of the car under the influence of drugs and god knows what else....not to mention in this condition she put her kids in jeoperdy.....she deserves this..now with the fact that when she does get out she can not even get her licence..so there fore she can't do this to anyone else........how would you like it if someone like it if she did this to your family?
justice

Lothian, MD

#3 Mar 17, 2011
I feel so sorry for the family that Barber hurt.She should get 18 plus.The family will never see there father for another 18 plus Barber says it was pre drugs right it was more then that.Happy prison time girl dont bend over
SAD

Albany, NY

#4 Mar 17, 2011
angry wrote:
<quoted text>Why is it a shame?She killed a man and severly injured another.She knew what she was doing when she got behind the wheel of the car under the influence of drugs and god knows what else....not to mention in this condition she put her kids in jeoperdy.....she deserves this..now with the fact that when she does get out she can not even get her licence..so there fore she can't do this to anyone else........how would you like it if someone like it if she did this to your family?
I agree with you. It's sad for the family not her. She deserves what she gets. I read the whole artical and it was sad.
Justin

Old Forge, NY

#5 Mar 17, 2011
Along with jail time, Catena revoked Monk's license and her ability to apply for one, and ordered she pay $19,000 to Estelle and Lucille Gilmore. Here is a question: Who is footing that bill???...She was on welfare.And when she gets out who will hire her.being she will be a convicted parolee??
Mad

Albany, NY

#6 Mar 19, 2011
By HEATHER NELLIS

Recorder News Staff

FONDA -- The Fort Plain woman who crashed into a pair of Jefferson County motorcyclists on Route 5 in July 2010, killing one of them, was sentenced to 6 to 18 years in prison Wednesday, but the surviving victim says she's been given a second chance.

Douglas Estelle said that chance came at the cost of his leg and the life of his best friend, Bruce Gilmore, who died shortly after the pair was airlifted to Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.

Estelle and Gilmore's two daughters addressed Sybil Monk, 34, of 172 Route 80, in court during an emotionally-charged sentencing before county Judge Felix Catena.

"You're going to go to jail, but you're still going to talk to your friends and family," Estelle said to Monk. "But my friend got the death penalty and I got a life sentence. The only person that got a second chance is you, and I hope you take it because two men gave up their lives for it."

Estelle walked to the bench with the assistance of a cane. He recalled pushing a piece of his severed leg off of his chest immediately after the accident so he could help Gilmore, who lay nearby.

Monk was driving west on Route 5 on July 25, 2010, with two of her children in the car when she crossed the center line and hit the two eastbound motorcyclists in front of Lee Publications. Investigators believe Monk was returning to her home from the Dutchtown Plaza area at the time of the accident and was under the influence of prescription narcotics....

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