Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Stallworth's Sentence Puts the "Laughter" in "Manslaughter"

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth agreed to a plea deal in his DUI manslaughter case, in which he hit and killed a 59-year-old pedestrian with his Bentley.

Stallworth will serve 30 days in jail, which is down considerably from the up to 15 years in prison that he faced. After jail, he will be on two years of house arrest followed by eight years of probation.

On top of that, his driver's license will be suspended for life, and he will have to commit 1,000 hours of community service.

As part of the plea deal, Stallworth also agreed to an undisclosed settlement with the family of Mario Reyes, the man he struck with his car.

The family reportedly wanted to be done with the case as quickly as possible, to prevent further pain and suffering, so a plea deal is understandable, and expected. But only 30 days behind bars for making irresponsible decisions that resulted in another human being losing his life? Is it just me, or does 30 days for killing a pedestrian, while speeding and driving well above the legal BAC limit of .08, seem rather laughable?

Sounds like Stallworth's light sentencing is putting the "laughter" in "manslaughter."

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