Tuesday, November 03, 2020

People v. Stockman (Cal. Ct. App. - Nov. 3, 2020)

Christopher Stockman is driving while intoxicated and hits a bicyclist from behind, killing him.  Mr. Stockman blows a .18 and .19 when he's tested, and has a BAC of .14 in a blood sample taken two hours after the accident.  So the guy's fairly clearly driving drunk when he hits and kills someone.  (Not that it matters, but FWIW, the person he killed was Gerald Weiss, a 52-year old neurosurgeon.)

I was surprised by the sentence he received.  What do you normally think it would be?

I would not have thought that it would be . . . probation.  Five years of probation and a five year suspended sentence.  So no jail time.

Not what I expected to see.