Families upset over sentence in fatal drunk driving case

March 5, 2010 3:46:07 AM PST
Two families are angry tonight at the sentence a Harris County jury returned for the drunk driver who killed their children. The victims' fathers delivered emotional messages to the driver before a judge took an unusual step in her sentencing. "I am disappointed in the ruling," said Bill Bordelon, whose son was killed in the crash.

"I told her I was disappointed in the sentence and I thought it should have been more," said Ron Harris, whose daughter was killed in the crash.

Two fathers, united by the marriage of their children, Thursday stood and told the woman who killed their children how she wrecked their lives.

In December 2008, Ineka Marble drove drunk, ran a red light and caused the crash which killed Kevin and Christine Bordelon.

A Harris County jury Thursday sentenced Marble to four years in prison on each of two counts of intoxication manslaughter. She could have received up to 20 years on each count.

"Four years for each of their lives is not enough," said Harris.

"And the jury apparently thought it was an accident. We don't look at it as an accident. I just feel that my son and daughter-in-law's life was worth more than four years each," said Bordelon.

Harris and Bordelon told Ineka Marble how they will never again spend time with their children and no one will ever replace them.

"Sooner or later she won't think about it as often, but I said in our household, we will think about it every day," said Bordelon.

"I told her we we're going to miss a whole lot of opportunities for us to be with our daughter and spend time, holidays," said Harris.

The judge in the case made the uncommon move of stacking the sentences so Marble will spend eight years in prison. The victims' family thinks the jury's decision sends a bad message.

"I think that until our society starts punishing people more severely for these types of losses that people are going to get the message that it's OK somehow it's OK and they're gonna get a slap on the wrist for doing this," said Harris.

After the crash that killed the Bordelon's, police tests showed that Ineka Marble had a blood alcohol level of .269, which is more than three times the legal limit in Texas.


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