Drunk Driving: Racine man sentenced to 18 years in prison for fatal...

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BILL

Sussex, WI

#1 Aug 19, 2010
Dirt ball
Christi

United States

#2 Aug 19, 2010
I concur! That is what should happen if you kill someone and drink and drive! If you take someone's life you should have to spend your life in prison, I'm sorry but I do not think that it is acceptable to drive around while you are drunk.
SAM

Kingsland, GA

#3 Aug 19, 2010
Yes he should spend time in prison. I understand he was attemping to flee officers. When he struck and killed Anibal Tellez. Why should his sentence be so much more than Janell Gehrke's. Who was only sentence to 30 months for killing a woman and injuring another person. While driving druck. This was a a hit and run. Something is not right here. Please help me understand.
War is Cool

Milwaukee, WI

#4 Aug 19, 2010
U.S. Bombs in Afghanstan kill innocent people, that's not murder. Who is going to prison for innocent civilian deaths? The government puts people in prison for drunk driving deaths... Bombs from the sky, that's just war... War is ok. Right? You spineless cowards do nothing but bitch about drunk drivers when the people making your laws cause more death.
givemeabreak

Brookfield, WI

#6 Aug 20, 2010
This is the way it should be, I think Jason Jacob should be thanking his lucky stars for only getting 6 years. No instead he has no remorse at least this guy looked like he understand he deserve the punishment he got.
givemeabreak

Brookfield, WI

#7 Aug 20, 2010
John Q in Oak Creek wrote:
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Conrad Wells and his passenger were killed by a drunk driver who pulled the same crap on 8/6/06. She switched drivers trying to avoid being arrested. She was sentenced to just a little under 5 years...3 years in prison, and 2 years on paper. 3 years in prison for killing 2 people...but this man gets 18? I don't understand either....If you find the answer, please let me know.
John Q
I agree there! it doesn't make any cents that one guy guys 20 and one get 6. I know a family that lost 4 members of their family in one night due to a drunk driver and he only got 5-7. He killed 4 ppl and he thought his sentence was to harsh and that his family needed him. This just makes me sick!
Hannah

Madison, WI

#8 Aug 20, 2010
Maybe it has to do with the judges in each case. Were the other drivers in each of the other cases white, as compared to this man being black? Maybe the judge who sentenced this man to 18 years is a racist who is set an example to all black drunk drivers that they will get a stiffer punishment than their white counterparts. And it is a shame. Each person should get punished for the crime, not by the color of their skin. So is that one guy got 6 years for killing some one while drunk, than this guy should get only 6 years. And vice versa, 18 and 18. Get rid of the double standard for race.
Pamela

Sussex, WI

#9 Aug 20, 2010
Hannah wrote:
Maybe it has to do with the judges in each case. Were the other drivers in each of the other cases white, as compared to this man being black? Maybe the judge who sentenced this man to 18 years is a racist who is set an example to all black drunk drivers that they will get a stiffer punishment than their white counterparts. And it is a shame. Each person should get punished for the crime, not by the color of their skin. So is that one guy got 6 years for killing some one while drunk, than this guy should get only 6 years. And vice versa, 18 and 18. Get rid of the double standard for race.
are you serious with this comment..its people like you keeping racism alive
Hannah

Madison, WI

#10 Aug 20, 2010
I am not racist. I was just saying that some of the judges that try these cases could be racists, that is why this man got 18 years in prison compared to the white guy who only got 6 years in prison a couple of weeks ago. That isn't fair at all. If two people do the same crime, they should be sentenced to same amount of time in prison. Don't base their punishment on the color of their skin.
SAM

Kingsland, GA

#11 Aug 20, 2010
Looking at the the sentencing guide lines set by the the state. It does seem strange that in the case of Janelle Gehrke it was hit and run. And these charges were dropped. Along with the the charges of bodily injury to another person. Were dropped. Something is really wrong here. I am not a law student. But I have been told that justice is blind. What do you think. No one wants to think that the race is being played. Specially if you are black.
SAM

Kingsland, GA

#12 Aug 20, 2010
Before I forget the judge in the Gehrke case. Said he wanted to make a example of Gehrke. If that is the truth. Their is really something wrong. With our justice system.
Pamela

Sussex, WI

#13 Aug 21, 2010
Hannah wrote:
I am not racist. I was just saying that some of the judges that try these cases could be racists, that is why this man got 18 years in prison compared to the white guy who only got 6 years in prison a couple of weeks ago. That isn't fair at all. If two people do the same crime, they should be sentenced to same amount of time in prison. Don't base their punishment on the color of their skin.
go read all sorts of other cases..Everyone's case seems to be different depending on what happened..i'm just tired of people playing the race game, its getting OLD!!!
Hannah

Madison, WI

#14 Aug 21, 2010
If read some of the other comments, people were wondering why this man got more years in prison than some of the other people who got convicted of the same exact crime. I gave them a possible reason behind it, I didn't say was the only possible reason. There could be other possible reasons, but they can draw their own conclusions. But did it ever occur to you, Pamela, that there are judges out there that are racially motivated to put blacks in prison for longer sentences than whites. It isn't fair at all.
Pamela

Sussex, WI

#15 Aug 21, 2010
Hannah wrote:
If read some of the other comments, people were wondering why this man got more years in prison than some of the other people who got convicted of the same exact crime. I gave them a possible reason behind it, I didn't say was the only possible reason. There could be other possible reasons, but they can draw their own conclusions. But did it ever occur to you, Pamela, that there are judges out there that are racially motivated to put blacks in prison for longer sentences than whites. It isn't fair at all.
unfortunately its probably not the same exact crime. There are many different circumstances that come into play for each case. I wasnt talking about reading peoples posts, I'm talking about actually reading cases and you'll see how different they really are. I personally dont think there is racial motivation by the judges, you do the crime you do the time and if you keep doing the crime, then your next punishment is more severe!
Hannah

Madison, WI

#16 Aug 21, 2010
How do you know that some judges can't be racially motivated when they try cases? Judges are not perfect by no means. Do you know every single judge to vouch for their character? I doubt it.
Pamela

Sussex, WI

#17 Aug 21, 2010
Hannah wrote:
How do you know that some judges can't be racially motivated when they try cases? Judges are not perfect by no means. Do you know every single judge to vouch for their character? I doubt it.
I didnt say I know, I said "I personally dont think". Every crime has a certain fine/jail time etc etc depending on the circumstances and whatever sentence that's handed down goes with the crime. Thats why there are laws, so Billy bob doesnt get life for stealing a candy bar and Joe Schmo doesnt get a week for killing someone.
Hannah

Madison, WI

#18 Aug 21, 2010
If Billy Bob is black he might get life for that candy bar and Joe Schmo might get a slap on the wrist for killing some one if he was white. People wonder why there are more blacks in prison than whites, its because in some cases the blacks serve more time in prison for the same crime that whites commit.
Pamela

Sussex, WI

#19 Aug 21, 2010
Hannah wrote:
If Billy Bob is black he might get life for that candy bar and Joe Schmo might get a slap on the wrist for killing some one if he was white. People wonder why there are more blacks in prison than whites, its because in some cases the blacks serve more time in prison for the same crime that whites commit.
People dont wonder why there are more blacks in prison..We all know why and it doesnt really have anything to do with a judge handing down a harsher sentence. It has to do with so many of them committing crimes.... Grab a newspaper, watch the news once in awhile and see how many of them are on there for criminal activity.
Hannah

Madison, WI

#20 Aug 21, 2010
I do watch the news and read the paper, and I see both blacks and whites committing crimes.
Pamela

Sussex, WI

#21 Aug 22, 2010
and 9 times out of 10 it's a black person, so that explains why there are more blacks in prison. More of them commit crimes, pretty simple to figure out if you ask me

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