In addition to prison time, one Houston man is being forced to serve an unusual punishment for his drunk driving conviction and DWI accident that killed another man.
According to abcnews, in June of 2011, 39-year-old Michael Giacona ran a red light while drunk, hitting a car driven by 20-year-old Aaron Pennywell. Pennywell was thrown from his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck.
Like many who are convicted of drunk driving in Texas, Giacona was sentenced to prison time – in his case, 90 days. He must also wear an alcohol monitoring device on his ankle. But his sentence also included a requirement that he display a framed picture of Pennywell’s vehicle in his living room. Additionally, Giacona was to stand on the corner where the crash occurred, for four Saturdays, wearing a sign that read “I killed Aaron Coy Pennywell while driving drunk.”
Per the news article, Giacona wore a disguise this past Saturday, which was the first Saturday of the four that he’ll wear the sign. A friend of Pennywell’s stood across the street, and told reporters “For killing my best friends I don’t think it’s like enough. Going to jail for only 90 days and then you come out here and carry a sign for four consecutive Saturdays, it’s not enough for taking someone’s life.
The transcript of Giacona’s sentencing indicates that the judge in his case, Hon. Michael R. Fields, expressed his concern with the fact that Giacona was not a first-time DWI offender, and that witnesses reported he wanted to keep drinking after the accident that killed Pennywell.
If you’re convicted of a DWI in Fort Bend County, Texas, the chances that you’ll end up with a sentence such as this are likely slim. However, it’s very likely that you could face significant fines and time behind bars. If you’ve been charged with DWI in Fort Bend County, contact a top Sugar Land DWI defense lawyer to discuss your situation as soon as possible.