Tough sentence after judge hears woman laughing at dead bicyclist
Melissa Arrington will spend 10 years in prison because (a) she was driving drunk when she killed bicyclist Paul L'Ecuyer and (b) she was caught on tape laughing about his death.
Judge Michael Cruikshank said during a sentencing hearing that the conversation, which was recorded on a jail telephone, is "breath-taking in its inhumanity," according to the Arizona Daily Star.
He spoke after hearing the 27-year-old stripper laugh while a male friend passed along congratulations: John says as far as he's concerned, you did the world a favor. Because you took out a [expletive] tree hugger, a bicyclist, a Frenchman and a gay guy all in one shot. He's proud of you. He says as far as he's concerned, they should give you a medal and a [expletive] parade.
When the caller says he knows "that's terrible," the laughing inmate says, "No, it's not."
The judge disagreed, and despite Arrington's claims in court that she plans to start an anti-DUI group, he sentenced