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Judge to reconsider sentence in fatal wreck case

Thursday, May 3, 2012 3:02 PM
Last updated Friday, May 4, 2012 2:30 AM
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Superior Court Judge Michael Annis has agreed to reconsider the 15-year maximum sentence he gave in March to a man accused of drunken driving 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, although one wasn’t prosecuted because of a clerical error.

In another driving incident in 1992, Roberts was at fault for a wreck that paralyzed another man from the waist down. He was not drinking in that wreck and the charge was dismissed.

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 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.

Revis’ mother, Beverly Revis, said Thursday she was stunned by the news that the sentence would be reconsidered. The last sentencing brought back painful memories for the family, but Revis vowed to be there again.

“We’re our daughter’s last voice,” she said.

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SAPCS
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SAPCS 05/03/12 - 03:43 pm
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So he drove drunk at least

So he drove drunk at least three times and paralyzed someone in an at-fault accident? How you gonna mitigate that, Shawn?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/03/12 - 04:04 pm
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Do they have driving classes

Do they have driving classes in prison?

happychimer
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happychimer 05/03/12 - 05:03 pm
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15 yrs is max? It should be

15 yrs is max? It should be 50 yrs.

my.voice
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my.voice 05/03/12 - 05:17 pm
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Are you KIDDING me? Judge

Are you KIDDING me? Judge Annis, why waste OUR time? What else does this guy need to do in order to get the MAX?

QUOTE FOLLOWS:
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, although one wasn’t prosecuted because of a clerical error. In another driving incident in 1992, Roberts was at fault for a wreck that paralyzed another man from the waist down. He was not drinking in that wreck and the charge was dismissed.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/03/12 - 05:35 pm
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Bet he lets the original

Bet he lets the original sentence stand!

tanbaby
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tanbaby 05/03/12 - 05:44 pm
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fair treatment?????????? did
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fair treatment?????????? did any of his VICTIMS receive fair treatment???

Kendall
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Kendall 05/03/12 - 08:52 pm
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Yes, but he is still a living
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Yes, but he is still a living person with air going through his lungs--let's see what his honor decides before any of us pass a decision......

Kendall
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Kendall 05/03/12 - 08:55 pm
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So a bad decision he made
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So a bad decision he made cost another person her life.... He has to live everyday of his life knowing that....... As a fellow human being, I don't want him to rot in jail over that........but that's just me........

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 05/03/12 - 08:57 pm
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If anything time should be
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If anything time should be added. That is a five minute decision on the judges part. Also the lawyer should be disbarred for such a stupid request.

Kendall
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Kendall 05/03/12 - 09:58 pm
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nohin2show--I guess that's
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nohin2show--I guess that's why the south (particualry GA) is so punitive......say they believe in the Bible, church, religion and all that stuff, but really they dont..........

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/03/12 - 10:05 pm
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Hopefully, the review will

Hopefully, the review will double the sentence. How many chances does one get to drive drunk and destroy lives.

faithson
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faithson 05/03/12 - 11:59 pm
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annis is a poor judge. seen

annis is a poor judge. seen his work before. He 'acts' out of emotion, does not use good jurisprudence. know him from the old days, he was never very impressive. got the job because of his political ties.

Kendall
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Kendall 05/04/12 - 12:53 am
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ya we'll we elected
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ya we'll we elected him................

HighSociety
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HighSociety 05/04/12 - 01:45 am
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Faithson, I don't know Judge

Faithson, I don't know Judge Annis, but would say he got this right. Emotions or not , this guy needs to be put away. He is responsible for one person being paralyzed and the death of another. He had his chances at doing the right thing.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 05/04/12 - 07:11 am
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If this sentence is reduced
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If this sentence is reduced Annis should have to ride to and from work with Roberts as his driver. His family should have to ride with Roberts too. People need to understand that when someone gets a DUI that means they have probably driven in upwards of a hundred times and not gotten caught. He killed someone. He drove a car without regard to anyone elses' safety and luckily he didn't hit some poor family head on and kill numerous people. He deserves whatever maximum penalty there is. I would say Ms. Revis family should get a resentencing hearing too. To be allowed to ask for double what Roberts got.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 05/04/12 - 07:31 am
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Why do I have a feeling this

Why do I have a feeling this guy is going to get less than he did the first time? The young lady who died in the wreck didn't have a say so in her sentence! This isn't right. He needs to be put away and KEPT away!

stillamazed
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stillamazed 05/04/12 - 07:53 am
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I have no sympathy for drunk

I have no sympathy for drunk drivers, but most people who drink and drive actually think in their minds that they can drive straight. Maybe oneday breathalizers will come standard in all vehicles.

reynoldsfamily
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reynoldsfamily 05/04/12 - 01:59 pm
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Whitney Revis, 20 got the

Whitney Revis, 20 got the death penalty, and she wasn't driving...Whats with this questioning 15 years, on good behavior he'd be out in 3 to 5 and driving and drinking again..Repeat offenders go free! What gives? If this was my daughter I'd be picketing the court house....Someone has to speak for Whitney, and the one that was paralyzed. Guess you can't blame it all on the Judge if a lawyer upholds drinking and driving.

selfcenteredpeople
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selfcenteredpeople 05/04/12 - 08:36 pm
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Its all well and good to

Its all well and good to dislike this guy and want him punished. What is not alright is to hold him solely to blame for the death. There is all this talk of the person who died being a victim, but there is no talk of that person being forced into the vehicle with an inebriated driver..who has questionable driving history prior to this event. This in itself diminishes nature of being purely a victim. Yes this man is guilty of drunk driving, and is guilty of the homicide that accompanies it..he should be punished accordingly...but not blindly with one-sided bias just because the willing passenger was important to you...or because you have had someone in your history die as a result of an inebriated driver. This man is not supposed to be the target of everyone who has ever lost someone to a drunk driver. This person has apparently only one drunk driving incident on record prior to this...which is bad enough in itself. Trying to tie in an unrelated incident of a traffic accident with no alcohol involved is grasping at straws. There are a lot of people in this country who have had non-alcohol related accidents. This is a legal matter at this point..as this person does have rights...not just a punching bag for those suffering from a loss.

I'm pretty sure all of you would be expecting mercy if you had any kind of accident or made any kind of mistake that resulted in someone else's death...regardless of how much you were at fault. Its pretty easy to point fingers at someone else..but when the shoe is on the other foot..we all know how that would play out. There was no sentence applied to the person who died in this instance...just the result of poor decisions both by the driver and by the passenger getting into a vehicle with an inebriated driver.

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