Is punishment for drunk driver too lenient?

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by Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 5:31 PM

(KMOV.com) – Some are saying the man who injured six people after a drunk driving accident is receiving a light punishment.

28-year-old Michael Brewer was recently sentenced to 14 years in prison but the judge suspended that sentence. He will be on probation for five years; he must perform 150 hours of community service and pay restitution to the victims. Brewer served 32 days in jail right after the accident.

In July 2013, Brewer drove his pickup truck into oncoming traffic on a Lincoln County street and caused a three car accident. Brewer failed several field sobriety tests which showed his blood was three times the legal limit.  Several residents told News 4 they disagreed with the punishment.

"Slap on the wrist. I don't agree with that all. He injured people there should be some type of sentence for that. I've seen people with less get more, get time," Troy resident Keith Baue said.

The director of the Missouri chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) echoed those sentiments.

“ There's not a "right sentence" but to have somebody get probation for injuring six individuals, it's astounding, what sort of message does that send to the community about the seriousness of drinking and driving," Meghan Carter said.

News 4 reached out to the judge who handed out the sentence but she has not responded.

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