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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 23 2012 3:00 p.m. MDT

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Murray, UT

So now when someone is drunk, and kills another person, they can say that it was an accident, and they are sorry.
And a second degree felony can be reduced to a misdemeanor. If anyone objects, they will refer to this case. It’s called precedent, now that it has been set, it will be used in other cases to receive a reduced sentence and avoid prison.
Remember, get drunk, say it was an accident, and you are sorry.

provo, Utah

Sadly I have to agree that consequences should not be changed for being drunk or under an influence.

Although the guy appears to be suffering a horrible personal nightmare.

Murray, UT

I would also add that the reduction in charges on this case, has already been used as a precedent on another case to obtain a reduction in charges.
The precedent has been set, now if you are drunk and you shoot someone with a gun, you can say it was an accident, and receive reduced charges.

Draper, UT

Does it change everything if the older Brother was not drunk? The older brother was not in a drunken rage and the gun went off. Not knowing all the facts, I would have to assume that the drinking probably impaired his judgement, but was not the reason the gun went off. The moral of the story is don't have loaded guns around and especially if drinking is involved. I am glad that everyone came together to look at the intentions and facts to come to a reasonable conclusion. Every case is different based upon the facts. This case is not going to set a precedent where bad people get off for shooting other people because they claim they were sorry and that it was an accident. Accidents do happen and it is not always the best answer to send everyone to prison and ruin more lives.

Murray, UT

Draper, UT

Although people worry about being victimized by a stranger; the truth is you are mostly likely to be victimized by a family member; or someone you know.
Like I said, this case has already been used as a precedent on another case where someone was drunk and "accidentally" shot someone.
Seems to me if you wanted to commit a murder; you would get drunk, shoot the person, say it was an accident, cry in court.
then your attorney would quote this case as a precedent; and ask for a felony charge to be reduced to a misdemeanor.

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