Was Thursday's Vehicular Homicide Sentence Fair?

The sentencing of a local woman to two-and-a-half years in jail Thursday after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide outraged family members of the victim. Where do you stand?

The family and friends of a Danvers teen killed in a car accident in Salem earlier this summer had some harsh words for the drunken driver who was behind the wheel following her sentencing in Salem District Court Thursday afternoon.

Angelique Griffin, 25, of Salem, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of vehicular homicide and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. A judge sentenced her to serve two-and-a-half years in prison with a six-month home confinement, according to WHDH.

The passenger in her vehicle, Dillon Renard, 19, was killed on June 16, when the PT Cruiser Griffin was driving crashed into a parked tow truck outside All Star Collision Center on Boston Street.

Griffin's lawyer argued that the guilt she will have to live with for the rest of her life will be a far worse punishment than any jail sentence the judge could have handed down.

Thursday's sentence outraged Renard's relatives, who appeared in court to plead for a harsher punishment and were escorted out while shouting expletives at Griffin and telling her they'd be waiting for her when she go out, according to WHDH.

So - we have to ask - what do you think of the sentence the judge handed down? Were you pleased with the two-and-a-half jail term? Do you agree with the victim's family in thinking the punishment should have been harsher?

Let us know how you feel in the comments section below.

Sean Ward November 17, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Don't compare her to me. I've never operated a vehicle under the influence ever. It's not an accident. It's negligent homicide. Nobody forced the booze down her throat and nobody forced her to drive the vehicle while drunk. Accidents are when someone is doing everything right and something bad happens anyway. This was no accident.
John Merrett November 17, 2012 at 07:18 PM
You're drunk and you get behind the wheel and kill someone, whether they are 2 feet or 200 feet away, it's vehicular homicide and YOU are responsible,- no one else, not some bar, not the person who made the car or the person who chose to ride with you, YOU ARE GUILTY.
Pat November 17, 2012 at 07:19 PM
This was NOT an accident. Upon taking that first drink she knew driving would be wrong yet choses to do it anyway and not make other arraingments. She knew the difference between right and wrong and she CHOOSE wrong, therefore, it was NOT an accident. If drunk drivers are not held accountable things will never change.
john November 17, 2012 at 08:28 PM
In 1975, as a high school student, my class took a field trip to Walpole State Prison. We saw every aspect of life inside prison and it left an image in my mind that last's to this day. It was not like scared straight it was a chance to view prison like you would view a museum but we did have exposure to prisoners and viewed their cells. It changed my way of thinking with regard to doing things that could result in that kind of life.I think all high school students should have the chance to see what I saw that day in 1975. It could save lives.
Tammie King November 18, 2012 at 01:19 AM
I don't think it's right to drink and drive. I think people make bad decisions every day. Unfortunately, you can't catch them all and people get away with bad decisions every day. The law was written as it is for a reason. It's as fair as it can be. I don't know the family personally but I do know a little history. Personally, those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. How would this same family have reacted had the accident happened earlier in the night when Dillon was driving? I'm clearly not judging, just hoping to help. If they could put themselves in the other persons shoes for a minute, they may begin their own healing.. Good luck and God Bless!


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