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Jury convicts Brennick of murder in DWI crash

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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....

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!

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.

Awesome!!

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