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Community service a better sentence for crash

Posted: February 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

This is in response to The Signal’s Feb. 8 story, “Woman charged in July 4 crash.”

The story said if convicted, Melissa Brown could face up to six years in jail. What’s the point?

If she had been drinking, I would agree. This was an accident. One person’s life was taken. Why destroy another?

If Brown is convicted, I think a fair punishment would be six years of community service.

The homeless shelter, senior center, battered women shelter, etc., would be a much better way to have her do good in the community instead of locking her up with real criminals. How would any one of us feel if this were our daughter?

Many of us have probably ran through a red light or missed a stop sign without any consequences.

Unfortunately, this was a horrible accident, but six years in jail is unproductive and could make Brown a hardened criminal.

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