It's been nearly six years since a prominent Lake County man was arrested for DUI manslaughter for the death of a 61-year-old motorcyclist returning home from Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach on his Harley-Davidson.
Nearly four years into a 10.5-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to the second-degree felony, the defendant is seeking a second chance through a request for clemency from the Florida governor.
The strategy could be effective for this particular individual, who was well-known and connected with his community. He served as a coach and umpire in local youth baseball games, served as master of ceremonies for the annual Teacher of the Year banquet and was recognized for a myriad of good deeds. When he was convicted, those who know him say all of that should have counted for more, and the judge should have granted more leniency. The family of the victim, unsurprisingly, disagrees, and have vowed to fight any attempt to reduce defendant's sentence.