"He had a different way of looking at the land, the trouble at hand or any circumstance that might just come along .... and he measured his life in cedar posts and miles of barbed wire fence”.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Lisa Pistolis Sentenced To Six Years Will Do Less
On Tuesday Lisa Pistolis, pleaded guilty to one count of felony DUI with death resulting and one count of felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury. She will receive credit for time served and could be released in as little as four years.
According to reports, Pistolis was given credit for the 81 days she served in jail before her family was able to post bail and the judge suspended all but four years and eight months.
A report in the Charleston Post and Courier this morning said:
"This sentence was the result of many long and hard discussions with the victim's family and was the result that they wanted," said 9th Circuit Assistant Solicitor Culver Kidd, who prosecuted the case. "I think it signifies an unparalleled level of compassion and understanding by the family of the victim."
Pistolis' car struck a Jeep carrying Serjei Cahuantz and Hart Crouch both of Charleston on January. 27 of last year.
The P&C also added that "Pistolis' arrest drew attention when Facebook photos surfaced (On the CP Blog) featuring her".
The hat tip goes to friends and patrons of Joe Pasta who pointed out the FaceBook photos of Pistolis drinking and in some cases passed out, binge drinking or obviously drunk, to Cedar Post shortly after the mid-day accident on 526.
According to the Post and Courier report "Before the fatal wreck, she had been drinking with a friend at Gene's Haufbrau, the friend later told the police. They shared the mimosas, a mixture of sparkling wine and orange juice, authorities said."
But police reports paint a different picture, one of a young woman so hammered that she could not comprehend at the accident scene that she had just killed one person and left another fighting for his life.
Pistolis' blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.
In light of several recent lengthy prison sentences handed down in cases like this, I'm pretty surprised at the slap on the wrist. That said, prison even for 81 days is pretty severe punishment. I suspect that 4 years and 8 months will change Ms. Pistolis and finish the job of destroying her life that she started more than a year ago when she got behind the wheel of her car.
I personally continue to push for a national zero tolerance policy on drinking and driving. A BAL of ZERO. Simply eliminate the excuse "I didn't think I was that drunk".