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Man Sentenced To 5 Years For Driving Over 1-Year-Old

There are 72 comments on the NBC 30 Hartford story from May 30, 2008, titled Man Sentenced To 5 Years For Driving Over 1-Year-Old. In it, NBC 30 Hartford reports that:

A Monroe man who pleaded guilty to killing a 1-year-old girl when he drove over her while driving drunk in Bridgeport last year has been sentenced to five years in prison.

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News Watcher II

Manchester, CT

#1 May 30, 2008
Only five years, why not life...he was drunk.
LAT

Seymour, CT

#2 May 30, 2008
News Watcher II wrote:
Only five years, why not life...he was drunk.
I second that thought...After 5 yrs he will be free to live his life while that little baby is dead becasue he chose to drink and drive. Our justice system is a big JOKE.
May

Manchester, CT

#3 May 30, 2008
This it true, I think our justic is a Joke - I mean look at the guy who robbed 8 banks, he only got 10 years .... does that make sense?!!
no really

Old Lyme, CT

#4 May 30, 2008
lucky that was'nt my kid I would have to turn vigilante 5 years not nearly enough.
Harry

Brookfield, CT

#5 Jun 5, 2008
No wonder the rest of the world thinks America and Americans are the dumbest people on the earth.

When I read the stuff you people write, it makes me ashamed to admit I come from the same planet as you, let alone the same country.

Here is the true story: Mr Luf had a $1,200,000 override on his insurance that means that in the event of an accident, the insurance company pays the victim up to $1,200,000.

The family lawyer - Stratton turned the whole fiasco into a race case and asked for the charges to be masnslaughter 2, DUI, reckless driving and drunk, dissorlerly and dangerous driving.

If those charges had been presented and accepted by court, the insurance company woud not have paid out the $1,200,000 as it would have been classed as a crmininal case.

The family therefore dropped all the charges except manslaughter 2, which is classed as a civil crime and not a criminal crime.

May I also point out that Mr Luf also paid his lawyer $10,000 to fight the insurance company to make them pay the compemsation to the family.

It seems the family were more interested to receiving the money that getting what they considered to be true justice. Except of course the Pastor, who wanted true vengeance - very Chritian if you ask me

Under Connecticut law, manslaughrt 2 has a sentence of up to seven years.

Due to the good character of Mr Luf and all the civic things he does for charity in the past, the judge gave hin 5 years out of seven years.

Where is the problem?

You are all so dumb.
a mom

United States

#6 Jun 5, 2008
Harry wrote:
No wonder the rest of the world thinks America and Americans are the dumbest people on the earth.
When I read the stuff you people write, it makes me ashamed to admit I come from the same planet as you, let alone the same country.
Here is the true story: Mr Luf had a $1,200,000 override on his insurance that means that in the event of an accident, the insurance company pays the victim up to $1,200,000.
The family lawyer - Stratton turned the whole fiasco into a race case and asked for the charges to be masnslaughter 2, DUI, reckless driving and drunk, dissorlerly and dangerous driving.
If those charges had been presented and accepted by court, the insurance company woud not have paid out the $1,200,000 as it would have been classed as a crmininal case.
The family therefore dropped all the charges except manslaughter 2, which is classed as a civil crime and not a criminal crime.
May I also point out that Mr Luf also paid his lawyer $10,000 to fight the insurance company to make them pay the compemsation to the family.
It seems the family were more interested to receiving the money that getting what they considered to be true justice. Except of course the Pastor, who wanted true vengeance - very Chritian if you ask me
Under Connecticut law, manslaughrt 2 has a sentence of up to seven years.
Due to the good character of Mr Luf and all the civic things he does for charity in the past, the judge gave hin 5 years out of seven years.
Where is the problem?
You are all so dumb.
I think that if you had a child who got ran over and killed by a drunk you would have a different outlook on things ,no matter what all the legal mumbo jumbo says you stupid ignorant jackass...
no really

United States

#7 Jun 5, 2008
Harry wrote:
No wonder the rest of the world thinks America and Americans are the dumbest people on the earth.
When I read the stuff you people write, it makes me ashamed to admit I come from the same planet as you, let alone the same country.
Here is the true story: Mr Luf had a $1,200,000 override on his insurance that means that in the event of an accident, the insurance company pays the victim up to $1,200,000.
The family lawyer - Stratton turned the whole fiasco into a race case and asked for the charges to be masnslaughter 2, DUI, reckless driving and drunk, dissorlerly and dangerous driving.
If those charges had been presented and accepted by court, the insurance company woud not have paid out the $1,200,000 as it would have been classed as a crmininal case.
The family therefore dropped all the charges except manslaughter 2, which is classed as a civil crime and not a criminal crime.
May I also point out that Mr Luf also paid his lawyer $10,000 to fight the insurance company to make them pay the compemsation to the family.
It seems the family were more interested to receiving the money that getting what they considered to be true justice. Except of course the Pastor, who wanted true vengeance - very Chritian if you ask me
Under Connecticut law, manslaughrt 2 has a sentence of up to seven years.
Due to the good character of Mr Luf and all the civic things he does for charity in the past, the judge gave hin 5 years out of seven years.
Where is the problem?
You are all so dumb.
You must be the lawyer..
Harry

Brookfield, CT

#8 Jun 5, 2008
a mom wrote:
<quoted text>I think that if you had a child who got ran over and killed by a drunk you would have a different outlook on things ,no matter what all the legal mumbo jumbo says you stupid ignorant jackass...
Not my call, they the family chose to take the money instead of a long sentence, and no I am not the lawyer, just an informed citizen
a mom

United States

#9 Jun 6, 2008
Harry wrote:
<quoted text>
Not my call, they the family chose to take the money instead of a long sentence, and no I am not the lawyer, just an informed citizen
okay so hypothetically speaking... if that were your child what do you feel would be the appropriate punishment??
Harry

Brookfield, CT

#10 Jun 6, 2008
a mom wrote:
<quoted text> okay so hypothetically speaking... if that were your child what do you feel would be the appropriate punishment??
If I were the family, I would take the $1,200,000 settlement as it would help my family into the future.

Te get that money they had to drop all the criminal cases against him as the insurance company would not pay out if it was a criminal case. The criminal case could have sent him to jail for 10 - 15 years.

However, If I was the family, I would also tell the world what I have done. I would ask the public to stop ranting about what a scumbag Clayton is and how he should get life etc. and explain why the case was vehicular manslaughter in the 2nd degree, which is a civil charge, not a criminal charge, which commands a sentence of not more than seven years.

I would be a real Christian (and they claim to be Christians by quoting church and scriptures and asking their pastor to support them).

What would a real Christian do? they would do as the Amish did when their children were murdered in the schoolhouse.

They would ask God to forgive this sinner and pray that in his next life when he gets out of prison that he does good things for humanity.

In Clayton's case yes he was drinking -(tell me anyone other than a teetotal non drinker who has not driven a car while intoxicated, including myself), they should say "there but for the grace of God go I", understand that it was a terrible terrible accident which he is suffering terribly for. You have no idea what he is going through.

I had to stop him killing himself.

I explained that:

One. his family would suffer forever.

Two. the family of Ka Kay would also not get the insurance claim as the insurance company would refuse to pay out if he died before the court case.

He also went way beyond his duty and spent $10,000 fighting the insurance company to make them pay out the claim to the family.

Clayton Luf is not a murderer, or a scumbag, he is a good man that made a very dumb stupid mistake that most of us could quite easily do.

He needs to be forgiven and given the chance to make amends to society.

It is my belief that he could do more service to the community out of jail than rotting in a jail cell.

I am sure that you can tell from my writing that I am an educated and well informed man, and I hope I have answered your question.
a mom

United States

#11 Jun 8, 2008
Harry wrote:
<quoted text>
If I were the family, I would take the $1,200,000 settlement as it would help my family into the future.
Te get that money they had to drop all the criminal cases against him as the insurance company would not pay out if it was a criminal case. The criminal case could have sent him to jail for 10 - 15 years.
However, If I was the family, I would also tell the world what I have done. I would ask the public to stop ranting about what a scumbag Clayton is and how he should get life etc. and explain why the case was vehicular manslaughter in the 2nd degree, which is a civil charge, not a criminal charge, which commands a sentence of not more than seven years.
I would be a real Christian (and they claim to be Christians by quoting church and scriptures and asking their pastor to support them).
What would a real Christian do? they would do as the Amish did when their children were murdered in the schoolhouse.
They would ask God to forgive this sinner and pray that in his next life when he gets out of prison that he does good things for humanity.
In Clayton's case yes he was drinking -(tell me anyone other than a teetotal non drinker who has not driven a car while intoxicated, including myself), they should say "there but for the grace of God go I", understand that it was a terrible terrible accident which he is suffering terribly for. You have no idea what he is going through.
I had to stop him killing himself.
I explained that:
One. his family would suffer forever.
Two. the family of Ka Kay would also not get the insurance claim as the insurance company would refuse to pay out if he died before the court case.
He also went way beyond his duty and spent $10,000 fighting the insurance company to make them pay out the claim to the family.
Clayton Luf is not a murderer, or a scumbag, he is a good man that made a very dumb stupid mistake that most of us could quite easily do.
He needs to be forgiven and given the chance to make amends to society.
It is my belief that he could do more service to the community out of jail than rotting in a jail cell.
I am sure that you can tell from my writing that I am an educated and well informed man, and I hope I have answered your question.
Yes you have answered my question,and I do feel that you must be a good friend to him and also understand what you have said and how it makes sense,when you put it that way I feel bad for him too,as we all make mistakes,thankyou for your answer.
CONCERNED 13-YEAR-OLD

United States

#12 Jul 17, 2008
he only got 5 years???I think he should have gotten more because he killed her and he was driving while drunk...P.S I live next door to Kayana's family and imagine how it felt to hear that your neice,daughter,grandaughter died...and everyday i used to play with her so imagine how that felt for me...i am just stating my opinion
Honesty

Stamford, CT

#13 Jun 15, 2012
I beleive that many people including myself with some bad luck could of had the same horrible horrible accident. I feel there are many who drove and were just luckier, then Clayton. What I also beleive that many people if in jail for this crime would NOT be writing letters to MARRIED women in AA talkng about sex and sending them where there are young CHILDREN! Thats the differance
Honesty

Stamford, CT

#14 Jun 15, 2012
Harry wrote:
<quoted text>
If I were the family, I would take the $1,200,000 settlement as it would help my family into the future.
Te get that money they had to drop all the criminal cases against him as the insurance company would not pay out if it was a criminal case. The criminal case could have sent him to jail for 10 - 15 years.
However, If I was the family, I would also tell the world what I have done. I would ask the public to stop ranting about what a scumbag Clayton is and how he should get life etc. and explain why the case was vehicular manslaughter in the 2nd degree, which is a civil charge, not a criminal charge, which commands a sentence of not more than seven years.
I would be a real Christian (and they claim to be Christians by quoting church and scriptures and asking their pastor to support them).
What would a real Christian do? they would do as the Amish did when their children were murdered in the schoolhouse.
They would ask God to forgive this sinner and pray that in his next life when he gets out of prison that he does good things for humanity.
In Clayton's case yes he was drinking -(tell me anyone other than a teetotal non drinker who has not driven a car while intoxicated, including myself), they should say "there but for the grace of God go I", understand that it was a terrible terrible accident which he is suffering terribly for. You have no idea what he is going through.
I had to stop him killing himself.
I explained that:
One. his family would suffer forever.
Two. the family of Ka Kay would also not get the insurance claim as the insurance company would refuse to pay out if he died before the court case.
He also went way beyond his duty and spent $10,000 fighting the insurance company to make them pay out the claim to the family.
Clayton Luf is not a murderer, or a scumbag, he is a good man that made a very dumb stupid mistake that most of us could quite easily do.
He needs to be forgiven and given the chance to make amends to society.
It is my belief that he could do more service to the community out of jail than rotting in a jail cell.
I am sure that you can tell from my writing that I am an educated and well informed man, and I hope I have answered your question.
Harry, while he was in jail he was writing letters to a married women talking about sex and his dreams and mentioned NOTHING about the baby he killed!

Since: Aug 10

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#15 Jun 15, 2012
a mom wrote:
<quoted text> okay so hypothetically speaking... if that were your child what do you feel would be the appropriate punishment??
Life in jail, then Hell forever.

Since: Aug 10

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#16 Jun 15, 2012
Harry wrote:
<quoted text>
Not my call, they the family chose to take the money instead of a long sentence, and no I am not the lawyer, just an informed citizen
Even if I was very poor, I would not take the money and the Scum Bag should be in jail for life.
Honesty

Stamford, CT

#17 Jun 15, 2012
Doesnt the prosecutors decide what to charge, how doees the victims family lower charges, makes no sense.

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#18 Jun 15, 2012
I agree with Honesty, #17. It is the Police and then the prosecutors who decide what crimes to charge. The baby is now safe and with the Lord.
Honesty

Stamford, CT

#19 Jun 15, 2012
Harry wrote:
<quoted text>
If I were the family, I would take the $1,200,000 settlement as it would help my family into the future.
Te get that money they had to drop all the criminal cases against him as the insurance company would not pay out if it was a criminal case. The criminal case could have sent him to jail for 10 - 15 have done. I would ask the public to stop ranting about what a scumbag Clayton is and how he should get life etc. and explain why the case was vehicular manslaughter in the 2nd degree, which is a civil charge, not a criminal charge, which commands a sentence of not more than seven years.
I never heard when somebody is killed that the family of the victim can decide to drop criminal charges. Why have procsecutors then?
Honesty

Stamford, CT

#20 Jun 15, 2012
Harry wrote:
<quoted text>

He also went way beyond his duty and spent $10,000 fighting the insurance company to make them pay out the claim to the family.
Why would he have to fight the insurance company, you had stated that the victims family dropped the charges to collect the money, so why would he do this?

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