I am Stephanie's mother. I want you to know that the DA, Jon David, the ADA Gina Essey and the judge have done an outstanding job prosecuting this case. The problem in the case is that the State Trooper did not do his job. He did not take a blood sample from the killer to send to the SBI lab. He did not do any drug examination of the man at the wreck site. The Trooper is no longer with the NC Highway Patrol. The blame for the reduction from felony to misdemeanor rests soley on the the Trooper that did not gather any evidence to prove impairmment, in spite of telling us he did everythinng right.
In addition, the maximum sentence for Richard Constantineau, even had he been convicted of Felony death by vehicle, would have only been 24-30 months. That is dictated by the laws in NC. This needs to be changed.
By the way, Richard Constantineau has had 14 wrecks in the past ten years, plus the one that killed my daughter. The DA's research showed he has had 24 wrecks in his lifetime. He will be free tomorrow night, with a valid driver's license. He lives in Rocky Point. We are so afraid he will kill someone else and cause them this unendurable grief.
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