TUCSON, Ariz. A judge sentenced a woman to nearly the maximum prison term for negligent homicide after hearing a recorded jail conversation in which she made light of the bicyclist she killed.
Melissa Arrington, 27, was convicted two months ago of negligent homicide and two counts of aggravated DUI in connection with the December 2006 death of Paul L'Ecuyer.
She could have gotten as few as four years behind bars, but Superior Court Judge Michael Cruikshank sentenced her Tuesday to 10 1/2 years -- one year shy of the maximum.
Cruikshank said he found a telephone conversation between Arrington and an unknown male friend, a week after L'Ecuyer was killed, to be ""breathtaking in its inhumanity.''
During the conversation, the man told Arrington that an acquaintance believed she should get a medal and a parade because she had ""taken out'' a ""tree hugger, a bicyclist, a Frenchman and a gay guy all in one shot.''
Arrington laughed. When the man said he knew it was a terrible thing to say, she responded, ""No, it's not.''
My younger brother is a mountain bicyclist and might described himself as a 'tree-hugger'; I can't imagine someone so callous as to laugh over the death of a human being. No wonder Liberals think Conservatives are 'right-wing nuts'!