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Jury convicts Brennick of murder in DWI crash


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Brunswick County man will spend at least 15 years in prison for killing a mother of three in a drunk driving wreck two years ago.

A jury found Daniel Brennick guilty of second degree murder, felony death by motor vehicle and DWI in the crash that killed Satu Harris near Southport in May 2010.

"I applaud the jury for sending the message that cases like these are murder and nothing less," District Attorney Jon David told WWAY.

A judge sentenced Brennick to between 15 years and 18 years four months in prison.

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Sentencing for drivers who kill others

I am glad that the Brunswick County Courts and the DA's office brought this man to justice. Anyone who kills another while under the influence of alcohol or drugs should be punished severly.

A family is devastated, children will grow up without their mother, and her parents and family are suffering terribly. I know this first hand... my daughter Stephanie was killed on Highway 211 the same month as Mrs. Harris. We will face the man who killed our daughter
in early 2013 at his trial. I pray that juries continue to send a strong message....

Politcally Jon David does this to make a name for himself

The court resources to carry this type of case forward to lengthy trial is what Jon David does, and All he does. The gangs are doing drive by shootings in neighborhoods, while Jon is hiding in a safe building, busy writing up his script for a DWI motor vehicle accident that he wants to mold into a 'murder' trial. These are considered non-violent offenders and take a large amount of resources to commit them for 15 years, when 3 years and a 10 year GPS ankle monitor would handle the problem effectively. WASTE

Drive by shootings

The drive by shootings are happening in New Hanover County, not Brunswick, Bladen or Columbus.

Not to mention, the sentenced guy only has 1 leg left

How easy is it to push a wheelchair into prison, just give him a shove Jon, he'll keep rolling right in the door. You are a JOKE Jon by not offering a plea in this case. A JOKE and a WASTE of money.

Post your sources

Those are strong allegations you make regarding this young woman AB, I'd love to you post links to your sources about said toxicology reports that went unreleased.

Really just 15 years

Brennick had a prior record, including reckless driving and driving while consuming a controlled substance under the age of 21 and all he gets is 15 years. He will be out in less that 2.

I know the story well, knew

I know the story well, knew the both of them, and even did a report on it for school. It's amazing how the tox-report for the women was never released to the public. It is a tragedy that this young women lost her life, no doubt! But the young man is a father and is expecting a child next year. He lost his leg and has severe permanent damage to all of his body parts that are needed in everyday life. She crossed over, he couldn't react in time. He has alcohol in his system yes, but no one should cast judgement unless they have researched ALL the facts and police reports. She has substances in hers as well. They're public record, check facts. "Rot" in prison, is a pathetic thing to say. My heart goes out to BOTH families. They both morn a loss!

I do know the story well .I was the eye witness.

normally I would not replied to A post of this nature.But I do know the story well I was the eyewitness I never knew either personally .But u have your story wrong Ms Harris never crossed the line it was Mr brennick who crossed the line running several cars off the road before plowing into the car driven by Ms Harris .He was d et icing at a high rate of speed he is vehicle sent hers spin in and his went end over end I saw him be expelled from his truck.I ran to the car and she was very badly injured .This is a man who had choices he could have taken a cab or got a ride with the many people who offered .oh and to make it clear there was no alcohol in her system nor drugs it was released so get u r facts straight .Dunk driving kills .and He should have gotten more than he least he is still alive and can have visits on fathers day her children will never see their mom.again.

Daniel Harrison Brennick

This a comment to Angela Marie Morris,
I am Daniel H Brennick mother. It has been a while, Daniel now remembers
what happened. You are a eyewitness guess you were,how fast were you going to see him and your words were expelled from his truck.I would like to know where he expelled from his truck,windshield, side window , doors???I know why you never made it to check on the other vehicle.Daniel told me you hit the back of his truck when he passed and put the truck in a spin.You do not know what its like to be a mother and have her son to go into surgery ever other day for 30 days and not know if he would live through it. He was doa at New Hanover Hospital. Then to fight the hospital to keep him alive. Then took 3 years of around the clock care before he went to court. Angela Marie Morris, I am asking you what do you think he should have gotten???

Know the story well?

Maybe you need to go back and research this again. You do not have all the correct facts. He was at fault crossing into her lane of travel and she was not on any substances as you state. Get your facts straight it is public record and you may need to check your resources before you post something about a life that was taken. This was all released to the jury during the trial. Maybe you should have been in court to hear the testimony of the witnesses, troopers, and others that witnessed such a horrible accident. Remember that all are at loss in this and other such accidents.

take their cars

You know, I would like to see ALL cars, driven by people who get a DUI, taken from them and sold at auction with the money going to a charity. It's way past time for the courts to get extremely tough on this crime.

taking away dui offenders cars

I agree that vehicles should be taken from convicted repeat offenders of dui,in fact former governor Hunt had that passed into law during the 1980's,the problem is not more laws but the lack of using the existing laws,unfortunately in Brunswick county,the courts are a revolving door for criminals.The solution is already in our grasp,use the closed down military bases for prisons,as they are similarly equipped with guard towers,and fence lines. Vehicles can be siezed and sold at public auction for second and third offenses,and the prison terms regardless of loss of life can escalate in length of time for each offence following the first conviction.South America does'nt play around for drunk driving repeat offenders,they use the death penalty.


Just where he belongs. He took a beautiful person and spirit from us. May he rot in prison.

thats all 15 years he needs

thats all 15 years he needs death he still has his life what about the mothers life he took her kids that has no mom