Was Thursday's Vehicular Homicide Sentence Fair?
The sentencing of a local woman to two-and-a-half years in jail Thursday after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide outraged family members of the victim. Where do you stand?
The family and friends of a Danvers teen killed in a car accident in Salem earlier this summer had some harsh words for the drunken driver who was behind the wheel following her sentencing in Salem District Court Thursday afternoon.
Angelique Griffin, 25, of Salem, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of vehicular homicide and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. A judge sentenced her to serve two-and-a-half years in prison with a six-month home confinement, according to WHDH.
The passenger in her vehicle, Dillon Renard, 19, was killed on June 16, when the PT Cruiser Griffin was driving crashed into a parked tow truck outside All Star Collision Center on Boston Street.
Griffin's lawyer argued that the guilt she will have to live with for the rest of her life will be a far worse punishment than any jail sentence the judge could have handed down.
Thursday's sentence outraged Renard's relatives, who appeared in court to plead for a harsher punishment and were escorted out while shouting expletives at Griffin and telling her they'd be waiting for her when she go out, according to WHDH.
So - we have to ask - what do you think of the sentence the judge handed down? Were you pleased with the two-and-a-half jail term? Do you agree with the victim's family in thinking the punishment should have been harsher?
Let us know how you feel in the comments section below.