Tuesday, May 4, 2010

He can't evade this sentence

Its probably never a good idea to shout out and call the prosecutors liars during the closing arguments of your sentencing phase in front of the jury.

Nope, can't think its ever a good idea.

Fatal wreck nets 40-year sentence for S.A. man
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News

Unlike most murder convicts, Justin Toney had no intent to hurt anyone during an automobile accident two years ago that killed an Eagle Pass minister, his attorney pointed out Monday.

But jurors ultimately disagreed that the lack of intent was deserving of special consideration. It took the group about five hours to assess a 40-year sentence.

Toney, 21, also was ordered to serve a concurrent 10-year sentence for failure to stop and render aid after the July 19, 2008, wreck, which occurred when he ran a stop sign while fleeing police.

Jurors determined that Toney's car was used as a deadly weapon, meaning he will have to serve at least half of the murder sentence before he is eligible for parole.

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