Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Austin Wright gets 10 yrs. in officer’s death

In a prior blog post I wrote about Austin Wright here.

It is sad a night of revelry celebrating a Florida Gators Basketball victory would cost someone 10 years of their life, and the death of another.

Judge Peter Sieg entered the room at 2 p.m. on Dec. 12. His job was as simple as it was profoundly difficult.

He did not have to decide whether Wright went barhopping the night of April 2, 2007.

Nor did he need to determine whether it was Wright who drove a truck into Gainesville Police Department Lt. Corey Dahlem on University Avenue around 2 a.m. the morning of April 3.

Wright had already admitted he was behind the wheel that night. He’d had so much to drink that when police cars finally boxed him in after he had plowed through a barricade and sent Dahlem’s body flying across the street, Wright was unaware of what he had done.

His blood alcohol level was 0.271 n more than three times the legal limit.

Dahlem died the next afternoon.

Both Wright and the prosecution agreed on these facts. Now it was up to Sieg to punish him.

Depending on the judge’s discretion, Wright could walk out of court with his family that night and pay for his crime with community service. Or, he could spend up to 30 years in prison. (Source)

1 comment:

  1. It's sad that someone is dead because another person decided that drinking and driving was more important.


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