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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- There are still questions tonight why a man accused of hitting and killing a woman in a suspected drunk driving crash Friday was not in jail for previous crimes.

Pierre Walker had twice been convicted of DWI this month alone and was on probation in at least three counties.

"When you look at what causes the most death and destruction every year in the 5th (judicial) district, and the 13th district for that matter, it's not guns or knives. It's a car being driven by an impaired driver," David said. "Impaired drivers, which cause these accidents, which are no accidents at all, are going to continue to face the full measure of the law."

According to court records Pierre Walker, 26, was no stranger to area court rooms. In February alone he was convicted on two separate DWI charges.

"Mr. Walker was a priority for my office, because he had demonstrated not once but twice that he was driving while subject to impairing substances, and anyone who does that is more likely to offend again, and so we wanted to make sure that his cases were prosecuted to the fullest extent, and they were," David said.

David's brother Jon, who is DA in Brunswick and Columbus counties, where Walker's newest charges are, says his DWI convictions this month should have gotten him at least 60 days in jail. Instead, Jon David says Walker got probation.

Judge Sandra Ray heard both of those cases. She left WWAY a voicemail in answer to our questions about Walker's sentence.

"I have pulled both of those files, and I've got that driving record, and they were not 60 days. One conviction was a year in prison. Another was two years in prison," she said in the call.

But court records show that in each case Ray suspended the sentences in favor of 24 months of supervised probation.

She was in court Tuesday and could not be reached to further explain her decisions.

WWAY spoke with the family of Martha Mintz, the mother and grandmother killed in Friday's crash. They did not want to talk on camera, but they said they would like to speak with Judge Ray about her decision and that they hope Walker spends the rest of his life in prison.

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make punishment hurt

It only takes one time driving drunk to kill someone. I wish all venicles driven by drunks would be taken and sold at auction. Also, those who were driving would not be allowed to buy it and I would like to see these drivers lose their license for 5 years. All this on the first offense. Not many people would be willing to let a drunk drive their car if they stood a chance of losing it. Make the punishment hurt.

Her Endorsements....

Her "Endorsements List" to take seat in our Judicial System:

http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20081027/SPLASH/810270299#

In some Middle East countries...

the punishment for DWI is beheading at worst...public flogging at best.

Yeah, well...this ISN'T the Middle East...

...and you'd better be damned glad that's the case! However, amputation of feet and hands (as I mentioned in an earlier post) would be an effective deterrent to the idiots that still want to drink and drive!

A PleaTo The Mintz Family

I am so sorry for the senseless loss of Martha, and I understand that you may not want to go on-camera, but it is the voices of broken-hearted families that need the attention of the press here, not the perpetrator. Maybe if the DA's , the judges and the system as a whole can see the depth of your pain & loss, maybe then they will listen - only you can convey that to them.

And as for the DA's, you can blame the judge all you want, but it is YOUR job & YOUR responsibility to keep our counties safe from harm - you should have helped prevent this by strenuously objecting to the judge's suspended sentences & probation recommendations for this repeat offender. This was an epic system failure.

DWIs

Everyone is calling for mandatory jail time.
I can agree with that. I hardly drink, and never drive when drinking.
So if our prisons can hold 500,000 rapists, murderers, and others and we need to incarcerate 100,000 repeat DWI offenders who do you let out to accommodate them?
Or are you saying you'll AGREE to a tax increase to fund additional prisons? You'll agree to thousands of new state pensions for correctional officers with paid BCBS for life?
Just asking and this doesn't have any bearing on this senseless tragedy.

Vog

More jails?

The simple answer is to model new jails after Maricopa County's jail system.

Prisoners wear pink.
They live outside in tents.
If they misbehave, they are moved indoors into solitary.
The meals cost on average 29 cents.
They use chain gangs.
They have the first female chain gang in the world.
No cable TV.
No exercise equipment to make bigger and better criminals.
The jail and it's staff do not coddle prisoners.

Most criminals now consider our jails to be 3 hots and a cot. A criminals Hilton with a hospital wing.

New sentencing rules.
If they have 1 DWI conviction it's jail time, mandatory. This could be handled in traffic court on an expedited basis. Blood sample and breathalyzer report, along with the arrest report being the only evidence needed.

After 1 year confinement, they should go free.
2nd offense 5 years etc.

This system works, and protects the public at the same time.

I would agree to higher taxes if they were used in this way. But you could also seize their property, if they had any, to make them pay for part of it themselves.

The present system does not work. We as society need to re-visit this problem and use common sense to find a real solution before we're bankrupt and can't afford to house the Police, much less prisoners.

When punishment is certain and swift, after a year they may take it more seriously than what they get now. A slap on the wrist.

If he is tried for murder..

and promptly executed , then your question would be moot..... This is how it should be addressed.

'Tater

DWI's don't necessarily equal murder convictions...
but you knew that

Vog

Vog, we don't need to agree to a tax for incarceration.

Everything doesn't always boil down to taxation for funding. We re-allocate existing funding and apply it reasonably for "bang for the buck". We can start with elimination of lifetime entitlement bene's for the lazy that don't or won't work and deal drugs for a living. We stop feeding, providing housing and free healthcare to every illegal alien that casually strolls across our border. We take the current prisoners and put then to mandatory work detail and reduce the government load. Prisoners do excellent roofing tar and asphalt paving in the summertime. In addition, we fine and seize property of the perpetrators to put that back into the system and help pay for it. By doing this we reduce crime, keep the criminals under lock and key, they stop laughing and the people stop losing. We won't need as many judges, so the ones we keep will have to do their job in a top notch manner. We won't need as many lawyers as the criminal will remain in prison and won't need them.

In addition, this is the first and foremost basic step to controlling gun related violence. They can't get the guns if they remain in prison. The point is, there IS a way to make this happen without additional taxation. The politicians avoid it, the attorneys avoid it, the judges avoid it and nothing ever really happens but a bunch of horse-hooie with chin-music. Nobody wants their money machine mangled, remember?

The long and short of it is: The method of crime control we currently have does nothing other that generate a bunch of fat pockets, it isn't helping society and leeches like this careless drunk will forever continue to plague us.

There are effective methods of dealing with this. The big problem is, it takes work, change and something other than simply throwing tax money at it! When we KNOW exactly what a persons criminal history will dictate for their future based on their record, it is no less tha asinine to allow them to access freedom again! This is a simple multiple DWI case that resulted in a tragic death of an innocent person. Only one of hundreds of thousands of these across the nation. We have convicted murderers, rapists, pedophiles and drug dealers freely walking among us by the thousands everyday...just waiting for their next "opportunity". That opportunity could be you, your wife and/or your children.

HE MAKES ME SICK TO MY

HE MAKES ME SICK TO MY STOMACH!

HABITUAL CRIMINAL! MAYBE IT

HABITUAL CRIMINAL! MAYBE IT WAS SOMEONE IN HIS STABLE ENVIRONMENT THAT ALLOWED HIM TO TAKE THE CAR (NO DRIVERS LICENSE)....HE WAS RUNNING FROM A HIT AND RUN!

Yeah, make her have to face

Yeah, make her have to face this family that has lost of loved one, because she suspended a sentence to what most people with common sense would call a HABITUAL DRUNK CRIMINAL! The judicial system is a fat laugh!

"Questions remain"? Go sit in court and watch the antics...

...and that will easily answer whatever "questions" remain. When we have convicted Felons walking among us with 8, 10 to 15 violent felony convictions (as are posted weekly on this website), why would anyone think that DWI violators would be treated any different?
Eyebrows get raised when someone is killed due to the actions of a multiple DWI offender, not until then. Eyebrows get raised when a gunman robs someone at McDonalds and possesses 10 felony convictions including armed robbery, but not until then. They are allowed to commit crimes and subsequently allowed to walk around the law-abiding public to simply violate more law. They call them criminals for a reason, it's their mindset, it's their career.

Why are they out of jail? I'll give you three chances to answer and the first two don't count!

circumstances

I am here to tell you that everybodys circumstances are different and that i myself received two dwi's and that im not out running the roads still drinking and driving people make mistakes but you cannot put this on that judge. people always want sombody to blame but its not her.If it wasnt for a judge having a little mercy on me i wouldnt be at home this morning to see my son or wife. Things happen for a reason and i can tell you that if it was ur family in front of that judge you would want her to give them probation also. So all im saying is dont be so quick to nail the judge to the cross just as it was the district attorneys position to do his job to the fullest and if he thought that man needed prison thats where that man would be because i can promise you that the judge didnt make that verdict by her self but with the information that was given to her. Im grateful to the judge that allowed me to stay home and not go to prison and have learned my lesson.

It's the same thing over and

It's the same thing over and over.
The food deliverly man

They are all put back on the street to repeat over and over.
Some have 10-20 charges and the get probation

prime example

Another PRIME EXAMPLE to prove our judicial system is broken, turns it's head the other way and a joke. Hope Judge Sandra Ray Criner sleeps well at night. What a joke.

The family deserves more

This woman's family deserves to know why the justice system failed. I don't believe the judge for one second. She let him off with probation and now is scrambling for a scapegoat.

Well that makes it all better

"One conviction was a year in prison. Another was two years in prison," she said in the call.

But court records show that in each case Ray suspended the sentences in favor of 24 months of supervised probation."

Great, you gave him a jail sentence and then immediately took it back and issued probation. Brilliant. I'm sure Martha Mintz and her family appreciates your harsh stance against drunk driving.

sick of drunk drivers getting by with it over and over

I am so sorry for the family who lost their love one. May God bless them. It is time for all the repeat drunk drivers to start getting punished the first time they do it. If they do it and get by with it they are going to do it again until they get caught again. And how many times could that be, before they get caught again . Well I personal think the lawyers and judges that keep giving them more chance to kill someone should be sued by the family in a civil case and get monies from them for letting them out and doing this awful crime of murder. Because that is what is MURDER. If you did that I think they wouldn't even think about letting them go on the first charge of DWI. I wonder what they would do if it was their family member? Just asking.

Drunk Driver

Appears Judge Ray was not truthful with her answer. This judge should be impeached!

FAIL

The system failed by allowing this troubled uh....person to continue on his reckless path. Unfortunately it cost an innocent person their life. You all should be ashamed of yourselves.

DWI DRIVER

This worst county in the state ,not puting people in JAIL FOR DWI,their are auto deaths in this county then other, i was in law enforcement for 20 years.worsh

I understand everyone's

I understand everyone's point of view and their grief. No it wasn't right for her to death to come as it did. No after the DWI's he was charged with should he had been under the wheel of another vechile. But why go after Ms Sandra Ray for not sentencing. To know the deep truth she didn't lock him up because of the accused to DWI, Did you know he had been appearing to every court date for the past two years and still when they sent his blood off that was taken the day of the arrest they could find nothing as in alcohol,drugs, accetives in his system.So in two years of investigation they still didn't have physical proof to charge him. That it was him who chose to plead guilty because he was tired of being drug to court. For you to know this man had problems in bedded that no one could see further than help.This accident wasn't intentional, but the news failed to mention that this so called "careless driver" recieved his own concussion but still got out of the damage vechile and ran to Ms Mintz side trying to rescue her because it was that an accident. Or is the news also stating they charged him once again with a DWI but his blood they ran at the hospital was once again NEGATIVE FOR ALCOHOL,DRUGS, OR ACCEDITIVES. Did they mention that the brakes went out in his vechile why it looked like he wasn't stopping for the first crash but simply trying to get the vechile to stop but it wouldn't.Before you judge get all detailed facts.I pray for the family who lost their mother,grandmother. But my prayers also go out for his family who is dealing with the grief of losing him and the woman that was hurt as well.He's not the monster your making him out to be, everyone has to go through something in their life, some just more difficult than others. And for the record he didn't grow up in the projects he came from a very standable,stable family.

Ohhhhh, NOW I understand

Ohhhhh, NOW I understand this idiot's ability to get back behind the wheel....he has people like "Citizen of the Community" here to be his enablers. Keep coddling him, go for it. Given the chance he'd be back behind the wheel of another car in a heartbeat.
And, here's a piece of info for you "Citizen"....this ceased to be an "accident" when the person who WASN'T LEGALLY DRIVING A VEHICLE started said vehicle and drove off.
Again, my newest, favorite phrase comes to mind: another "sovereign citizen" making excuses for another LOSER from a "(?) standable(?), stable family".

Troll. Nothing more.

Troll. Nothing more.

And your facts come from

And your facts come from where? Let me guess... the habitual DWI offender and criminal? Yeah, because he has a history of telling the truth. I hope he did see her face so he'll be reminded of what a stupid, selfish act caused and it haunts him. My guess it was more of an "oh, sh*t, please don't be dead" reaction he had. People who have a 10+ year history of criminal behavior, who repeatedly offend, and haven't learned their lesson don't get to occupy the soft place in my heart for those who make mistakes. God will have to have mercy on his soul because forgiveness is nowhere in sight.

That being said, let's back up and assume, for a nanosecond, I take stock in your comment. Take substances out of the equation, "failed brakes," well intended to help her, etc. Here's the bottom line: he drove with a revoked license. If everything else was happenstance, he's still a murderer because he broke the law when he got behind the wheel without a driver's license. He wrote the check that will seal his fate. I just hope the judge is worth his/her weight in salt and makes him cash it.

Oh, and one more thing. I've had my brakes fail and it didn't have me speeding down the highway at a high rate of speed. It had me pulling the parking brake and cutting the engine. Surely to goodness if a girl can do it this "man" could have, too.

In the words of Billy Sunday, "an excuse is the skin of a reason stuffed with a lie."

The Judge that released him

The Judge that released him needs to be replaced IMMEDIATELY!

Judge Sandra Ray

Judge Sandra Ray needs to be fired!!!!!!