But, extreme punishment with no chance to live a normal life for making a mistake at age 16.
Sorry Catskills while you argue from a good foundation, this statement is off course. Extreme Punishment????? They charged him with negligent homicide, not murder one. The maximum sentance of 1 yr is not extreme. Even if it was 10 yrs that would not be extreme. Sorry, just dont agree with your word or the idea that a person who serves "has no chance....." I have personnaly seen and know folks who ask for their close friends and family members to serve time, because it is the only chance they have at learning from their mistakes.
In this case I think 1 yr is fine. I also think this should make it into every ski magizine so people can read about it. I also agree that he may only serve 6-8 months of that year---in a place that he can gain college credits for free or get extra time for being a f-up...His choice, just as it was his to go too fast.
For those that think this "experience" may have taught him enough already,,,consider this....Crownsville Md, Dory's hometown, is one of the wealthy areas of Washington DC/Baltimore, though there are some middle class folks left in the area. He was boarding in Jackson--not cheep, especially flying from MD, so I might think his family has money. Next, he has his own attorney--again not cheep, not a public defender. He has not set one foot in the court yet---that was waived. I might be synical, but somehow I don't think he understands the impact this has had on his or his victom's family; rather he might think this is all just a "bummer", or whatever word 18yr olds use today.
NOTE: While he MAY have to pay a criminal fine, I bet it will be less than $10,000.00 if any. The civil matter? Bet anyone it was settled by his daddy's insurance company for policy limits. Yes--all of us Maryland homeowners get to pay for Dory's day at Jackson.