Ex-Camp Lejeune Marine sentenced for crash that killed sister in Maine

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Submitted: Tue, 07/30/2013 - 1:14pm
Updated: Tue, 07/30/2013 - 1:24pm

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A former Camp Lejeune Marine has been sentenced to four years in prison for a drunken-driving crash that killed his sister and her boyfriend in Maine.

23-year-old Travis Lawler was on leave from Camp Lejeune in June 2012 when the car he was driving went off the road in Belgrade and struck a tree.

20-year-old Kristin Lawler of Oakland died at the scene, and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Jackson Bolduc of Belgrade, died the next day.

The Kennebec Journal reports that Lawler wore his full Marine dress uniform to his sentencing Monday, even though he was discharged months ago, telling the judge it was all he has in his life.

He sobbed as he apologized and pleaded guilty to manslaughter, drunken driving and violating bail conditions.

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11 Comments on "Ex-Camp Lejeune Marine sentenced for crash that killed sister in Maine"

2015 years 8 months ago

WHAT? This is the stupidest thing anyone could say when addressing this story. Would you still feel “proud” if it was your son that killed his sister? Lives were lost. Jackass. Accountability, really? Maybe we should bring into question your parenting? Train a child up the right way and they would know better then to drive recklessly.A slap on the wrist? You didnt pay for his legal fees? Big deal! He should have been charged with attempted murder for drinking and driving. You be proud of your son that just so happen to get caught before he wrapped his car around a tree. You should thank that officer for catching his sorry butt. Immature would be commenting on a story like this only to brag about your son driving today without recourse. Idiot……

2015 years 8 months ago

so this is what it takes to get a drunk off the road. I hope our judges and prosecutors are paying attention. Very sad the deaths of 2 people are what was needed to get this immature person off the road. BTW my son got a DUI and got a slap on the wrist. He is driving today without recourse. Yes I forgave him and no I did not pay for his attorney. An yes I am proud of him for being accountable.

2015 years 8 months ago

The judges and the district attorneys have their hands tied by the legislature. They can only do what the law allows and those laws, as they apply to drunk driving, are a joke. I think you did the right thing in not paying for his attorney. He is more likely to learn his lesson.

2015 years 8 months ago

Travis is a great person my god be with him through this very tough time in his life keep or head up high trav<3

Guest 4253
2015 years 8 months ago

The problem with being too extreme, even if well intentioned, is that it obfuscates any good you’re attempting to achieve.

Charging someone with attempted murder for a DUI is just ridiculous. Do we then bump up the charges for an actual attempted murder to genocide? Of course not.

When you let reality get away from you with extreme pronouncements people begin to stop listening to anything you say. When that happens, you’ve essentially cancelled yourself out and you’re back to where you were before you even said anything at all.

Don’t just use your heart; use your head.

2015 years 8 months ago

Would you not agree that drinking and driving puts others safety and welfare in the hands of the violator? I agree ten thousand percent it is attempted murder. Innocent lives are loss every day because these idiots get behind the wheel after having a few. Matter a fact I think the harder charge is great! Maybe it would help people to think before drinking and driving.

2015 years 8 months ago

Actually if I was using my heart I would have commented on how much that young mans mother must be hurting. Maybe I would talk about the other gentleman and the hurt his family felt when he was taken from them. How about the thousands of other people lost to drunk driving. I could even talk about the hurt drunk driving has blanketed my family with but I didnt. I simply mentioned Craig could have refrained from what came across as “bragging” about his son. You might think charging some person with attempted murder for drunk driving is ridiculous and thats your right. I however think its a good start to preventing senseless deaths.

2015 years 8 months ago

I can tell you this I have been a Marine for almost 15 years now. I know for a fact hands down that when he decided to drive that night he made an informed calculated decision. The Marines to include myself and this guy are well trained. We have safety stand downs and safety briefs at least once a month. We are told every weekend not to drink and drive. I have heard it so much I am sick of hearing it. So when he got behind the wheel of that car he knew well in advance what the possibilities were what the outcome could be. He knew that death could occur. He has been taught this repeatedly over and over again during the course of his enlistment. So he made a well educated and informed decision. He knew people could die. He decided that driving that night even though people dying was a high possibility was something he wanted to do. We have been told to have a plan if you go out drinking on how to get home. He threw that out the window. We are told to call a cab call a friend call your parents. We are given so many tools to use to safely get home in a situation like this. He just made his own decision not to use them. I agree with attempted murder charges. He knew all the risk’s he knew all the right ways to get home. He decided he was above the law and he decided that risking his sisters life was worth driving that night. He knew prior to starting that car that death was possible. Basically he knew he had two choices that night one was to take a chance with his sisters life and the other was not to take a chance with her life. And he flat out made an educated well informed decision to take a chance with his sisters life. I have no remorse or sympathy for him and I am offended he wore his uniform to court. In fact they should have been harder on him because he was a Marine.

2015 years 8 months ago

Why should a drunk driver not be charged with attempted murder if he causes an accident with life-threatening injuries or charged with murder if he kills someone while driving drunk?

2015 years 8 months ago

I agree 100%….when these drunks start losing more than a couple days pay (lawyers fees) then they will think twice before getting behind the wheel drunk.

tom francis
2015 years 8 months ago

I understand that a person has a right to be tried in a court of law. But driving while inpaired is such a problem inthis country. A person should have to spent 60 days in jail after being charged. When they lose their job, their home and every other luxury, it will make people think twice. Thanks