October 25, 2014
Emotions were raw as a panel of Nevada lawmakers began discussion on a bill to clarify language to ensure all drunken drivers who kill or injure someone spend at least two years in prison.
SB72 follows an investigation by the Reno Gazette-Journal that found at least 40 of the 113 of drivers convicted of killing or injuring someone since 2000 spent only months behind bars before being released under house arrest.
After the newspaper's investigation, eight offenders were sent back to prison.
One of them was 21-year-old Jessica Winkle. Her father told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that his daughter is not a demon, but a young girl who made a mistake.
But others argued drinking and driving is not a mistake but a crime.