WKU Public Radio News Staff
Fri February 1, 2013
Kentucky Legislature Considers Keeping Drunk Drivers from Early Release
A Jefferson County mother is pleading with Kentucky lawmakers to end shock probation for those convicted of killing someone while driving intoxicated. Debbie Moskwa testified Thursday before a judiciary committee in Frankfort. Her son was killed by a drunk driver and her husband severely injured in the accident.
"We believed those that killed Ricky would be punished to the fullest extent of the law," said Moskwa. "
Little did we know we would be inflicted with more pain by hearing shock probation was granted after the person served only eight months of a 13-year sentence."
Moskwa testified in support of a bill sponsored by Representative Julie Adams. The measure would prohibit shock probation if a person is convicted of second-degree manslaughter or reckless homicide while under the influence of alcohol. Similar bills in past session have failed to clear both the House and Senate.