Lindsay Locke and Charles Chapman are nonetheless reeling with the lack of their daughter, Jaelyn “Jaerene” Chapman. In April, Chapman was in a car with three others, touring on Westpark Tollway when a wrong-way driver collided with their car, killing Chapman and significantly injuring the three others.
Authorities accused the driving force who precipitated the crash, 32-year-old Bobby James Brown, of being extremely intoxicated.
Brown was charged with intoxication manslaughter and three counts of intoxication assault. He had two prior expenses in Harris County, together with driving whereas intoxicated in 2017.
Court docket data be aware that case was dismissed resulting from “profitable PTI completion,” which is a DWI pre-trial intervention program.
Locke stated the decide the lastest case first set the bail at $75,000 after which diminished it to $50,000.
This week, Chapman’s dad and mom stated they have been notified that Brown was in a position to put up bond and was launched. He is required to have a breathalyzer within the car, they stated.
“It was only a slap within the face. It is insulting,” Locke stated. “You may’t put a greenback quantity on Jaelyn’s life. Nonetheless, simply realizing that he was in a position to get out so simply, you already know simply ‘Give you $2,000 and I can get out of right here.’ It is actually insulting.”
Charles Chapman stated he believes the justice system is simply too lenient on these charged with DWI or DUI and repeat offenders.
“I really feel that one other household can undergo the damage and the ache that we’re going by as effectively, as a result of this man, he was slapped on the wrist (and) like Lindsay stated earlier than, he is a repeat offender.” Chapman stated. “I really feel like if it is (bail) that low, some individuals will really feel like, ‘Hey, I can afford that’ and they’ll exit and never plan their day and have a chosen driver or name an Uber. They will afford that. DWI value on billboards $10,000. You may kill someone and get away and pay $5,000. Should you’re doing the mathematics, and you understand how so as to add, that does not add up.”
That is why they’re demanding change, calling for stricter penalties and bail reform, particularly in instances the place the defendant is a repeat offender.
“To this point, simply trying on the low bond quantity, that is not justice,” Locke stated, “My hope is in the course of the period of us combating this case and every thing, I hope that justice is actually served.”
Brown is due again in courtroom in June.
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