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Court: Sentence for man's 15th DUI too harsh

Published: Wed, February 20, 2013 @ 1:45 p.m.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An appeals court says a Pittsburgh man must be re-sentenced for what prosecutors say are his 14th and 15th drunken-driving convictions because the seven- to 15-year prison sentence he received in 2011 was too harsh.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Pennsylvania Superior Court found Judge David Cashman of Allegheny County Common Pleas Court didn’t give due consideration to whether 58-year-old Richard Caporal might qualify for a reduced sentence under the Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive program.

Caporal pleaded guilty in June 2011 to a plea bargain including a 21⁄2- to 5-year sentence, which Judge Cashman rejected as too lenient. The judge called Caporal at “terrorist,” citing his 34-year history of drunken-driving offenses.

No matter what happens to his prison sentence, Caporal won’t be eligible for a driver’s license until the year 2043.


1NilesOhio(986 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

One DUI ever 2 years, and that's too harsh? Wait until he kills someone next time and see how the Pennsylvania Superior Court feels then...

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2redeye1(5614 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

So he can't get his drivers license until 2043 . Do you really think that's going to stop from driving. NOT !!!! This just one of the many problems facing our judical system Give a decent sentence and some bleeding heart liberal judge will complain that its to severe.

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3twin(18 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Too harsh, you got to be kidding. He should spend 30 years in jail. I'm sure he lost he license long time ago. So he is driving on a suspended license. Surprisingly he hasn't killed anyone.

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4Sumpintasay(55 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

No wonder people are so screwed up. They are able to get away with everything! If the courts would actually punish people instead of giving them all hugs, there may be less criminals.

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