Understanding the Criminal and Civil Justice Systems

The driver that killed Joshua had already been convicted of drunk driving before he caused the crash that killed my son. That night he was drunk and fleeing the police. When he went to court for the crash he pled not guilty, went to trial, but was found guilty and sentenced to 15 years for vehicular manslaughter. In my opinion, 15 years was not nearly enough. I worry that when he is released he will drink and drive again and possibly destroy someone else’s family like he destroyed mine. Joshua was the type of man who loved everyone. He was good-hearted and would always be willing to go out of his way to help someone in need. It is a tragedy that such a wonderful person was taken so suddenly and senselessly. I share Joshua’s story to try to prevent what happened to him from happening to someone else, to honor his memory, and to thank my MADD Advocate who was there for my family. She understood the process and was kind and understanding, I don’t know how I would have gotten through the trial without her.

Sandra’s son Joshua was only one month away from his 33rd birthday. He left behind three daughters who, along with the rest of his friends and family, miss him very much.

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