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Judge agrees to reconsider DUI fatality sentence

Thursday, May 3, 2012 12:51 PM
Last updated Friday, May 4, 2012 1:33 AM
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Superior Court Judge Michael Annis has agreed to reconsider the maximum sentence of 15 years he gave in March to a man accused of driving drunk in a fatal wreck.

Annis set a new court date of May 17 after Christopher Roberts’ attorney laid out several reasons why he felt Roberts didn’t receive fair treatment at sentencing. Roberts pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide after the evidence showed he was driving under the influence June 4 when his vehicle struck a guardrail on Bobby Jones Expressway, killing his passenger Whitney Revis, 20, of Clearwater.

He had two prior DUI charges in Richmond County, but only one incident was prosecuted because of a clerical error. In the other incident in 1992, Roberts paralyzed another man from the waist down when he pulled into the path of another vehicle.

In the most recent court events, Roberts’ attorney, Shawn Hammond, said his client attempted to present mitigating evidence at sentencing, but was interrupted by prosecutors.

Hammond also argued that Annis did not consider Roberts’ acceptance of responsibility in in issuing his judgement.

“...If the Court was not prepared to even consider his presentation of mitigating circumstances nor the acceptance of responsibility then (Roberts) should have been allowed to withdraw his guilty plea and proceed with the trial of his case,” Hammond wrote.


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