NFL Player Receives 30-Day Jail Sentence for Killing a Man
There is something terribly wrong with our criminal justice system. Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth received a 30-day prison sentence after pleading guilty to a DUI manslaughter charge in Miami, FL. Legal experts cited several factors that influenced the lenient sentence. Stallworth had no prior history of criminal conduct. The victim, 59 year old Mario Reyes, was not in a crosswalk, as he was running to catch a bus. Mr. Stallworth immediately called 911, stayed at the scene and willingly submitted to a blood/alcohol test.
IMHO, vehicular homicide warrants a bit more than a 30-day jail sentence. Mr. Stallworth’s blood/alcohol level (.126) was well over the legal limit. He was also driving faster than the posted speed limit. Consider the fact that Michael Vick received a 2-year jail sentence for bankrolling an illegal dog fighting operation, and the scales of justice seem a bit unbalanced. I am not trying to diminish Mr. Vick’s transgressions. I’m simply suggesting that the difference in the punishments meted out suggests that society places a much higher value on protecting animals than the loss of human life.