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Wilmington man sentenced in death of UNCW student

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A Wilmington man has been sentenced to up to five years in prison in the death of UNCW student Annie McLeod. The 22-year-old girl was one of three people in the car struck by Kelvin Cardwell's vehicle this past March. Cardwell was charged with death by vehicle. Police say he was driving recklessly, and without a license when his car crossed the center line. His blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

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I miss her.

I miss her.

Out of PURE respect of the

Out of PURE respect of the McLeod family and friends, please don't use this site to defend Cardwell. I am sure you are hurting too, but you STILL have him. I am in no way trying to take away from your suffering, BUT THIS IS NOT FOR YOUR COMFORT! I am so sorry to be so blunt, try to understand. He did make every choice himself that night. Your family didn't get the call that morning that your loved one was gone. Think about it.

a mistake he made

I am the girlfriend of cardwell.he is not a bad person nor is he a heavy drinker.this was a big mistake he made.he never meant 2 hurt anyone.hes payin 4 wat he did.it is crazy how the laws r.when murderers get out on bond,people get no jail time cuz the plead insanity & when rapist jus get a slap on the hand 4 wat they did,u know sumthn has 2 b done.u can't judge him 4 wat he did cuz he's not a bad person.he knows he was wrong & he has 2 face that.i send my blessings 2 annie & the other victims families.

To the girlfriend of

To the girlfriend of Cardwell; Part of Kelvin facing and paying for what he did, is accepting the judgement of others for what he did. It might be harsh, it might be hard to swallow, but if it were your loved one that was killed senselessly, you would be of the same opinions as you see here. That said, I truly hope that Kelvin is deeply sorry for Annie's death and the serious injury of the other two people that night. I truly hope that when he serves his time and he is back out in the world again, that he will never touch another drop of alcohol. I truly hope that he will never forget Annie, and make it his mission in life to become a person devoted to helping others, caring for others and making the world a better place, the way Annie was. I hope he will envoke something amazing for everyone he comes in contact with; the way Annie did. He still has a chance to turn his life around from this. Please tell him, for Annie's sake...don't waste it.

I will.thanks.he hasn't

I will.thanks.he hasn't 4gotten her.he wants 2 apologize 2 her family

Caldwell should be lucky...

Mr. Caldwell should feel very fortunate to have the chance of forgiveness from the friends and loved ones of Annie. Please Mr. Caldwell give that family the benefit of knowing that the loss of Annie's life could somehow change the direction of yours...that is what Annie would have wanted. Please battle your addictions and somehow pay it forward in Annie's honor.

girlfriend

Where were you when he drove the car? On top of what he got he should have to send that family 1.00 everyday for the REST OF HIS LIFE to remind him what he did! His MISTAKE should have never happened!

first of all please don't

first of all please don't blame me 4 his mistake.my family lives n wilm but I live n another state.he was n wilm visitin his family.he don't live n wilm either.its his mistake.well he got his sentence n he has 2 deal with it but imma b by his side through it all

I hesitated yesterday as to

I hesitated yesterday as to whether to make a post to this story and decided this morning to do it. Drinking and driving goes much deeper than drinking and driving whether anyone is hurt or not. My Father, who has been dead for 34 yrs now died when he was 54. He left home one night drunk when I was a young girl and totaled our car and hit a city utility pole. Insurance paid for car and pole and he lost his lisence for 5 yrs. He did not drive again for 10 yrs as he chose not to. But none of it changed the abuse I had to endure with an alcholic Father.I don't know exactly what to think about the drinking and driving laws. I do think if a drunk driver has killed someone they should serve time in prison. I look back now and wish my Father had served time even though he never hurt anyone drinking and driving. If he had been in prision it would have made a big difference in my life as I would not have had to endure anymore abuse.

A beautiful young girl gone at the hands of a drunk....

This like all other deaths at the hands of a Drunk driver is senseless. In many cases these people who are risking the lives of others is a crime that goes for the most part unpunished. Remenber, the jail is over crowded. One must sit in a court room and watch as defense attorneys pick apart the law and the judges that find in their favor and guess what,,,case dismissed, not guilty and so on. We as law abiding citizens need to flood our law makers with letters to make this a more serious crime and stop these murders at the hands of a drunk driver. While I agree with some of what "Fighting for Victims" had to say, I DO NOT agree that this is the fault of our ADA's who are running court every day. In most cases their hands are tied as a result of the law,,,nothing more nothing less. The young men and women of Law Enforcement that are out there on the streets trying to stop these people are only shot down when they are in court. Loopholes are getting these people off. And I think "Fighting for Victims" knows that. If we want to see a change, write your legislator, change the law. But rember it's going to take an army of many to achieve this not an army of one. Also look at the Judges that are finding in favor of the defense, perhaps they need to be held accountable at the polls. How many of us knew there is only one Judge that is being challenged this election year,,, I wonder why??? It's my understanding the challenger is a young woman by the name of Joy K. Alford Brand, I took the liberty to look her up this morning,,quite an impressive lady. I encourage people to check out her website joy4judge. The Court room is a public arena, I would suggest taking some time and go see what goes on there. Make changes as we "The People" see fit. We all need to get on the same page and re-write the laws and get rid of those that don't work.

So very sad, he should be in

So very sad, he should be in jail for the rest of his life for what he did, our legal system SUCKS! And you can bet that he very well might be, if the person he killed was related to the judge!

drinking and driving

I will tell you that I to got a dui, I blew a .09 I have realized now what I did and I thank God I did not hurt anyone BUT, the counseling you have to go through, nobody cared. They were just mad they got caught and they said the police were just making money. I found it very sad because they left with revenge in their minds and thats what makes them go back out again. I'm not sure of what the solution would be but from experience, the punishment makes people look for revenge and that's exactly what we don't need. Something has to change, there has to be a way to get to these people!

The Change Starts In The Court System

Do you want to know what the real problem is? The problem is that DWI is bringing BIG PROFITS to the judicial system. We are talking revenue between 11-13 million just in New Hanover County alone. Want to know who gets the biggest piece of the pie? THE ATTORNEYS PROTECTING THESE IDIOTS! It's true...cases are "DISPOSED" of all the time...just like the Tracie Mills Kharbat case. Even after killing an innocent victim, the driver left the scene and was only charged with Death by Motor Vehicle and Felony Hit & Run. Then, three years later, finally he gets caught again drinking and driving. Remember that case? GUESS WHAT...THAT FELON almost got off AGAIN, because "someone" within the court system placed his so called conviction schuck into the vault to be "disposed" of. Are you kidding me....the fault is at the hands of our local DA's and court employees. If it wasn't for vigilante people keeping an eye on these folks, this guy would have gotten away AGAIN. Check the stats on repeat offenders...it's amazing, and now, our DA's don't even want to call dockets in the open public to keep these vigilante people from finding out the stats on how cases are handled. WAKE UP PEOPLE...WE HAVE AN EPIDEMIC...AND IT'S RIGHT HERE IN YOUR BACKYARD. This is big business for everyone, and they certainly don't want that to go away!! Unfortunately, it is innocent people like Annie and Tracie who have paid the price for our elected officials mistakes. They may not make the law, but they can certainly enforce it each and every time...no exception.

Bravo, right on the nail

DWI is a cash cow for the system. They know that alcoholics will continue to drive. Therefore when they're caught with no insurance, more fines, when caught with no license, more fines. Repeat offenders like a revolving door. $$$$$$$$$$$$ for lawyers and to keep the judges robes clean. The don't care about us, just keep the $$$$$$$ rolling in.

DRUNK DRIVERS OR KILLERS...

YOU ARE CORRECT ABOUT THE COURT SYSTEM, BUT I DO BELIEVE BEN DAVID AND JOHN COLEMAN ARE TRYING TO DO THE BEST WITH WHAT THEY HAVE. ITS THE JUDGES AND ATTORNEYS FOR THE DRUNK DRIVERS THAT ARE REAPING THE PROFITS. JUST LIKE THE TRACIE MILLS KHARBAT CASE, THE FELON GOT OFF WITH JUST SERVING 8 MONTHS OR LESS, FOR KILLING HER.IT WAS NO ACCIDENT, AS HE DROVE THROUGH HER YARD TO HURT SOMEONE. MY PREVIOUS COMMENT YESTERDAY WAS NOT PUBLISHED AS I HAD WROTE HIS LATEST ADDRESS IN THE COMMENT.. HE STILL DRINKS, HE STILL DRIVES DRUNK AND HIS LATEST PROBLEM SAW HIM IN COURT, FOR ASSULT ON A FEMALE...WHAT A GUY... I AM GLAD TO BE A VIGILANTE AND I HOPE JUSTICE IN MOTION, KEEPS DOING THE GREAT JOB THEY DO.. THE CHECKPOINT OVER THE 4TH, NETTED OVER 60 DWI/DUI ARRESTS.

Drunk Drivers "or" more like "AND" Killers

My hats are off to Justice in Motion, this person should get the govenors award for the work she has done when it comes to drunk driving. I know for a fact that countless hours are spent in the New Hanover Courthouse keeping a watchful eye on what goes on in the courtroom on the numerous DWI cases. It's too bad that she appears to be, the "Army of One" as, read in another BLOG. We need to see more of our citizens on the mission Justice in Motion is on. She is with out a doubt an unsung hero for all that she does for the men and women of Law Enforcement. I wish I had the opportunity to work with her but, being employed full time I can't volunteer for her. I too have taken time to sit in court and to my horror saw a 15 year + veteran of Law Enforcement get humiliated on the witness stand when the Judge saw fit not to declare him an "expert" witness in his testimoney and guess what??? "Not Guilty" That is what's wrong with our court system. As another guest wrote, get rid of the judges that are using the robe to find in the favor of the defense attorney's, perhaps that's why Judges are never challenged at the polls. Ther is too much money to be made by these guys. Perhaps if they start getting guilty verdicts rather than getting these guys off things would change. Think about it. We really need to start with who sits in judgement.

you missed my point

I think what you don't undersand is I was their and the people with me did not care. I understand the problems in the system but what does it take for people to start taking responsibilty? I feel I live among a bunch of really stupid people and I do, I sat with them, I've talked to them, I heard what they had to say and NOT ONE said they learned a thing!!!!

Sad, but very,very true....

....and the worse part is that 3-5 years is about the max limit with structured sentencing. The only way we as a society are ever going to do something about this is to enact tough sentencing legislation. There is no difference than shooting someone with a gun and driving into them at a red light drunk. NONE. But, the elected officials have determined that DWI is not the same as ADW. I think a large part is that Alcohol is not looked upon as a real drug and these elected officials do not want to see them or their sons/daughters in jail for 25 years for one night's mistake. The fact is that in this case his record (or prior convictions) were obviously pretty low, and since the law is set up this way, people get sentenced "structurally". Remember the girl that killed the ex UNCW baseball player? 6 months and 5 years intensive probation. Ridiculous. Lets get these sentences changed at the ballot box.

I knew Annie in high school.

I knew Annie in high school. This was a horrible thing that happened to her. I saw her the night before at El Cerro and never thought that I would never see her again. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. If only this man could get more than a max of 3 years in prison. I feel that he should get at least 25, and I feel this for every person who gets behind the wheel while they are drunk. It is a horrible thing to do. It not only puts your self in danger, it puts others in danger too. It is such a tragedy that people still get behind the wheel drunk, thinking oh it wont happen to me, I will drive safely. YOUR DRUNK!!! ALCOHOL AFFECTS YOU!!!! DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! THERE ARE OTHER METHODS OF GETTING WHERE YOU WANT TO GO!! Rest in Peace Annie, we miss you!

Only 3-5 years for killing.

Only 3-5 years for killing. I am so sorry to the McLeod family. I pray that peace and comfort will be with you.

Why do people drink and drive?

Look at this guy's sentence and you'll see why. Even if you REALLY screw up and kill someone, the worst you face is five years. No license Reckless Driving Twice the legal limit Snuffs out a young life All that nets you only five years. Un-friggin'-believable.

drinking

I SAY DRIVE DON'T DRINK!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know, it is horrible.

I know, it is horrible. People think, oh well if I do drink and drive and possibly seriously injure, or kill someone, it doesnt matter that much to me, I will only be in jail at the most 5 or 6 years. When they could oay about $50 max for a cab to take them anywhere they want to go (I may be over on that fee, but I do not take cabs so I am not sure about that). It is just horrible that so many young people get taken away by drunk reckless careless drivers. :(

Sad but true

I know that is sad but true. Most people that drink and drive don't care. They know that nothing will ever happen to them. My sister was hit head-on by a drunk driver. Glad to say, she lived. He had a suspended license from, you guessed it, DUI, loaded fire arm, wrong tags on the car, no insurance, on probation, the whole 9 yards. When he sobered up in the hospital, he thought he only ran into a ditch. Didn't know he hit anyone. Guess what he got. More probation, and had to pay her $50.00 a month for 5 years to cover damages. Judge says you can't get money from people that don't have any.

You can certainly put them in jail

United States' laws relative to driving while intoxicated are a joke. The entire purpose for a criminal justice system is to protect society from those who would harm it, but we prefer to SOUND tough while doing little. Second offense DUI should carry a hefty jail sentence, whopper of a fine, and suspension of license for a minimum of two years, or until the fine is paid. No restricted licenses, either. Third offense? Felony. Prison, for a lonnnnnng time. Lifetime revocation of driver's license.

kill a person = 3 to 5 years in jail

I really do not understand our legal system. Where does it protect the innocent? This girl died, she can't come back in 3 to 5 years. Her family will never hug their daughter again. Yet he will be out on the street again, and I guarentee you, he won't think twice about drinking and driving again. I am so sorry for the family, I can't imagine the pain you must be suffering. I pray for peace and understanding for you.