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Verdict just, but penalty too lenient

 Prosecutor Ashlee Logan showed an accident scene photo last month in the trial of Aaron Deveau, who was found guilty last week in a fatal case of texting while driving.

CHITOSE SUZUKI/POOL

Prosecutor Ashlee Logan showed an accident scene photo last month in the trial of Aaron Deveau, who was found guilty last week in a fatal case of texting while driving.

The correct verdict was reached in the landmark vehicular homicide trial of Aaron Deveau, the driver who was texting while driving (“Texting driver given 1 year,” Page A1, June 7). Guilty he is. The result of his selfish, self-centered activity resulted in the death of an innocent man with a family. This driver should definitely pay for the consequences of his act.

However, I thought the sentence was far too lenient. Was the life of the victim worth only one year of the life of the person who took it? Ten years would have been more appropriate.

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All drivers, adults and teens, have to pay attention to the road. Any other activity — texting, talking on a cellphone, even listening to music — distracts the driver from the task at hand.

One must drive defensively. Most people behind the wheel do not know how to drive properly. Their actions must be anticipated. No one can do that when they’re using a cellphone, and certainly not while texting.

M. Lee Scheer

Brighton

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