YouTube's drunk driving confessor sentenced

Last month, we wrote about an Ohio man who confessed to a fatal drunk driving accident in a YouTube video. The video displays the man describing his actions on the night of the accident: he drank too much at a bar, but still got behind the wheel of a car. He then spoke about how struck and killed a man while he was driving home. The video went viral in the days after it was posted, and led to the man's near-immediate arrest. He said he knew what the video's consequences would be, and wanted to post it to convince others not to drink and drive.

This month, the tragic case came to a close. The Ohio man was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison -- six years for aggravated vehicular homicide, and six months for drunk driving. The six-year penalty was still less than the maximum possible imprisonment of eight years. The judge said it was important that the man serve the maximum possible sentence for the drunk driving charge, however, as that was the initial bad decision that led to the innocent man's death.

The judge then permanently revoked the Ohio man's driving privileges, and gave him a $1,075 fine.

Though the family of the victim seemed satisfied with the outcome, their continuing emotional pain was evident at the sentencing. The victim's daughter noted that the drunk driver's bad decision had resulted in a "death sentence" for her father, and described the loss that she and her family felt at losing a father and grandfather.

When innocent people are injured or killed in a drunk driving accidents, the damage is not confined to one car, or to one night. The suffering from the accident and the financial hardship it brings spreads to the victim's family members as well, and the pain of it never truly subsides.

Source: ABC News, "Ohio Man Gets 6 Years After DUI Crash Confession" Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Oct. 23, 2013

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