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young_gunner913
Jun 17th, 2009, 06:17 AM
MIAMI (AP)—Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth(notes) began serving a 30-day jail sentence Tuesday for killing a pedestrian while driving drunk in Florida, a punishment made possible by his cooperation with investigators and the fervent wish by the victim’s family to put the matter behind them.

Stallworth, 28, received the sentence after pleading guilty to a DUI manslaughter charge for striking and killing Mario Reyes while driving drunk March 14 in his black 2005 Bentley. The athlete also reached a confidential financial settlement with the family of the 59-year-old construction worker.

Without the plea deal, the DUI manslaughter conviction could have netted Stallworth 15 years in prison. After his release from jail, he must serve two years of house arrest and spend eight years on probation. The house arrest provisions will allow him to resume his football career, his attorney said.

Rest of the article: http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AqDh51FZ4lISQbU2L1ZUzBs5nYcB?slug=ap-stallworth-pedestriankilled&prov=ap&type=lgns
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What the fuck?! 30 days? Are you kidding me. Straight up bullshit but when youre that rich, there's a price tag on "justice". :rolleyes:

In The Zone
Jun 17th, 2009, 06:19 AM
I am surprised the local DA allowed the family to barter a sentence. DUI and murder are not like "assault" and "battery". Those aren't left to the victims to decide whether or not to press charges.

Pretty interesting.

Cat's Pajamas
Jun 17th, 2009, 06:45 AM
:speakles:

Even if it's the family wishes, I doubt the same sentence would be given to a non-celebrity. Justice should always be equal across the board. I hate how these celebrities get sentenced so lightly. Paris Hilton gets out of jail early because she cries and feels sick, now a NFL star kills a man while driving drunk and gets 30 days. :help:

kris719
Jun 17th, 2009, 06:50 AM
he also has house arrest and probation for quite a while not to mention he won't be driving anywhere anytime soon. that along with the settlement with the family makes this a reasonable conclusion.

young_gunner913
Jun 17th, 2009, 06:52 AM
he also has house arrest and probation for quite a while not to mention he won't be driving anywhere anytime soon. that along with the settlement with the family makes this a reasonable conclusion.

*cough cough* bullshit.


excuse me had a little somethin in my throat.

kris719
Jun 17th, 2009, 03:46 PM
*cough cough* bullshit.


excuse me had a little somethin in my throat.

glad it's clear now ;)

RenaSlam.
Jun 17th, 2009, 03:58 PM
Wow.

:help:

Justin
Jun 17th, 2009, 05:03 PM
*cough cough* bullshit.


excuse me had a little somethin in my throat.

Co-sign.


This is just disgusting. 30 days for killing someone, even if reckless and not intentional, is sick and should not be condoned. Obviously, the family wanted to "put it behing them", get a nice, fat payout. The DA's Office should be ashamed of themselves. And, if I was the judge, there would not be a chance in hell that I would approve this slap on the wrist.

mckyle.
Jun 17th, 2009, 06:32 PM
he also has house arrest and probation for quite a while not to mention he won't be driving anywhere anytime soon. that along with the settlement with the family makes this a reasonable conclusion.

Yeah, because his mansion that he'll be locked away in is just as bad as the prison, if not worse :speakles:

Sally Struthers
Jun 17th, 2009, 08:21 PM
he should at least get the same 19 months in jail that Michael Vick got for killing dogs. Granted it was an accident vs intentional, but still :fiery:

young_gunner913
Jun 17th, 2009, 08:51 PM
Co-sign.

This is just disgusting. 30 days for killing someone, even if reckless and not intentional, is sick and should not be condoned. Obviously, the family wanted to "put it behing them", get a nice, fat payout. The DA's Office should be ashamed of themselves. And, if I was the judge, there would not be a chance in hell that I would approve this slap on the wrist.

Totally agree. But I wouldn't call this a slap on the wrist, I'd call this a pat on the wrist and a good luck on his next NFL season. :rolleyes:

Cat's Pajamas
Jun 17th, 2009, 08:56 PM
Totally agree. But I wouldn't call this a slap on the wrist, I'd call this a pat on the wrist and a good luck on his next NFL season. :rolleyes:

Seriously. Are these family members, judge, and DA all Cleveland Browns fans? :help:

Martian KC
Jun 17th, 2009, 09:54 PM
Ridiculous.

Rocketta
Jun 17th, 2009, 10:00 PM
I think it's ridiculous as well but drunk drivers get off all the time.... rich and poor both... it's the laws and how we deal with dui that need to change. :mad:

kris719
Jun 18th, 2009, 12:33 AM
lol i don't know how you can just brush off the family's wishes. they're fine with it, why can't everyone else be fine with it? :shrug:

young_gunner913
Jun 18th, 2009, 12:45 AM
lol i don't know how you can just brush off the family's wishes. they're fine with it, why can't everyone else be fine with it? :shrug:

because an innocent person is dead because some fucking moron decided to drink and drive. and now hes used his money to get out of any trouble and im not suprised the family took the money. they probably need it since what could be their main source of income was killed!

kris719
Jun 18th, 2009, 01:18 AM
because an innocent person is dead because some fucking moron decided to drink and drive. and now hes used his money to get out of any trouble and im not suprised the family took the money. they probably need it since what could be their main source of income was killed!

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Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle echoed Lyons in citing Stallworth’s lack of previous criminal record, cooperation and willingness to accept responsibility as factors in the plea deal. Rundle also said the Reyes family—particularly the victim’s 15-year-old daughter—wanted the case resolved to avoid any more pain.

“For all of these reasons, a just resolution of this case has been reached,” Rundle said.

comfortably.numb
Jun 18th, 2009, 01:21 AM
lol i don't know how you can just brush off the family's wishes. they're fine with it, why can't everyone else be fine with it? :shrug:
Agreed. I would have probably been more shocked and pissed off at the faulty penal system if the victim's family didn't willingly accept the cash to "put it all behind them." :shrug: