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Repo man sentenced to prison in death of Pleasant Grove woman

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  • Ricgarcia Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 7, 2017 7:30 a.m.

    What about the husband he was the one that told her to get in SUV and fled, why nothing with him.

  • Truth & Light Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 2:19 p.m.

    I never really understood how much he was actually chasing her. That said, I think the judge should have followed the prosecutor's recommendation.

  • barfolomew TOOELE, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 12:58 p.m.

    @ byufootballrocks

    I just can't help but respond to your post.

    You seem to think that prisons are useless....

    "Yet prison serves no "justice" purpose whatsoever: it's no deterrent, it's rarely reformative (in fact, often quite the opposite), it's expensive. It's seemingly easy from a financial perspective for a judge to make the decision because it's the public that pays and not the judicial office. "

    Yet, you offer no alternative for criminal justice.

    If someone were to cause the death of your wife, the mother of your children, what punishment would you have the justice system impart to them? I'd seriously like to know.

  • byufootballrocks Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 12:34 p.m.

    This is why you don't appoint a former prosecutor to a judgeship.

    Typically, they only think one way: "justice" - so called; the end-game of "justice" of course from that long-held practice and mindset, by definition, is always "prison." When all you have is a hammer....

    Yet prison serves no "justice" purpose whatsoever: it's no deterrent, it's rarely reformative (in fact, often quite the opposite), it's expensive. It's seemingly easy from a financial perspective for a judge to make the decision because it's the public that pays and not the judicial office.

    Both the prosecutors and the defense agreed to a plea bargain here that had the potential for a sensible and positive outcome.

    What is often forgotten is that the perpetrator of an offense is a human being too, with a family. When you sentence an individual to prison, you sentence the family to prison as well.

    It's hard to imagine from a public safety perspective the need for state prison time in this case.

  • Misty Mountain Kent, WA
    Jan. 11, 2017 8:20 a.m.

    " Jared Perkins admitted he was surprised with Lunnen's sentence even though the judge was not bound to follow the recommendation of the attorneys..."I was a little surprised by it, not that it was not warranted in this case,” he said."

    Mr Perkins, If something more than a token jail term was warranted, why on earth did you agree to anything less than prison?

    "Perkins was also surprised that [the judge] allowed Drew to walk out of the courtroom..to [allow] him time to get his affairs into order”.

    I'm surprised, too. This man pled guilty in November; he's in court for the sentencing. What's he going to get done in the next week that he didn't have time for in the six weeks prior?

  • Misty Mountain Kent, WA
    Jan. 11, 2017 7:59 a.m.

    @Kaboutertje:

    "Would she have been charged and convicted if he had been the one in accident?"

    No. He chose to chase her (and endanger other people in the process). How did she cause him to drive recklessly?

    "The primary reason there was a chase was that she fled when he was trying to give her a chance."

    No. The primary reason there was a chase is that he was trying to get the car back and did not care if he endangered other people in doing so.

    " If she had just turned over the car, none of this would have happened. She could have slowed down, too."

    You're right. And if she had made the payments, he wouldn't have been involved. Was this a crime punishable by death?

    "How is justice served when he goes to jail when both parties were at fault?"

    That's like saying that Party A insulted Party B so it's OK for Party B to take a gun and shoot Party A. His response was not proportionate to the "crime" of driving off with the car. Justice will be served only when he pays a substantial fine for causing her death.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 7:57 a.m.

    Re Laura Billing

    She may have come back to her family, but would the car have come back?

    He should have been charged with EXTREMELY reckless driving. Her death is her own fault not his. He did however put the public at extreme risk.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    Jan. 11, 2017 5:51 a.m.

    Left unsaid is the risk to everybody on the road that night when he decided to drive recklessly--and yes, 70 MPH through a residential neighborhood at night is crazy reckless. Seriously--did he think she was just going to leave her husband and children forever just so she could hold on to a stupid car? All he had to do was wait for her to come back.

    The idea that he should serve no time is mind boggling.

  • Kaboutertje Earth, 00
    Jan. 11, 2017 5:37 a.m.

    Would she have been charged and convicted if he had been the one in accident? The primary reason there was a chase was that she fled when he was trying to give her a chance. If she had just turned over the car, none of this would have happened. She could have slowed down, too.
    How is justice served when he goes to jail when both parties were at fault?