At about midnight on an October day in 1996, an Illinois mother and her friend were pushing her broken-down vehicle off the roadway. A man who was later found to have been intoxicated smashed into them. The mother was killed on impact, and her friend suffered severe injuries in the drunk driving accident. The driver reportedly fled to his home country after entering a guilty plea in 1998.
After years of thorough investigation, the driver was located and extradited to the United States in March of this year. The drunk driver, now a 75-year-old man, was recently sentenced to five years in prison. However, it was reported that when taking eligibility for parole and days spent in custody into consideration, he will likely spend no more than two years in jail. The Cook County prosecutor asked for the maximum sentence of 14 years, while his defense urged the court to not judge the man by only one day.