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Sentence a slap in face

Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

An article in the June 3 Northwest Herald had a headline of “10th DUI nets 8 years for Wisconsin man.”

He will not be serving eight years. The article reads as follows: “[Duane] Whiting ... faced between six and 30 years in prison on aggravated driving under the influence charge to which he pleaded guilty. ... In exchange for Whiting’s guilty plea, all other remaining drug and traffic offenses – including possession of controlled substance and driving on a revoked license – were dropped. ... Whiting will receive credit for 333 days served, and is eligible for day-for-day credit, meaning he could be released in about three years. His prison sentence is followed by three years of parole.”

Why would Judge Sharon Prather accept the plea deal he made? I guess he has not killed anyone yet. Once that happens, it is too late for the innocent people he takes out.

Perhaps I am a little sensitive on this subject since a six-time repeat drunk driver killed my 45-year-old father and 18-year-old sister. The drunk driver in their case escaped without serious injury.

Whiting’s sentence is a slap in the face to law enforcement personnel and the people of this state. We need to get the drunks off the road before they kill someone. 

Sandra Leah Vander Linden

Crystal Lake

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