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Proposed Bill to Lengthen Prison Sentences for DUI Deaths.

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 WASHINGTON, - State Representative Chris Hurst hopes to lengthen prison stays for people who cause deaths and injuries while driving under the influence.

Should the bill become law, people convicted on multiple counts of vehicular assault or vehicular homicide would have to serve the sentences for each crime back-to-back, instead of at the same time.

Hurst says he was prompted to take action by hearing the case against Frederick Russell who killed three Washington State University Students in a crash back in 2001.   Russell is serving 14 years and 3 months in prison for 3 counts of vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault.   With this bill, Russell would have had to serve three prison terms, one after the other. 

The State Representative didn't predict his chances of getting the bill passed, but said it deserves a chance to be voted on.

 

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