Miramar Man Sentenced for DUI Manslaughter; Apparently Didn't Have the Cash to Avoid Prison

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A 33-year-old Miramar man was sentenced today to ten years up the river for drunkenly mowing over and killing a motorcyclist in 2009.

Robert Jones pleaded guilty a few weeks ago to killing 43-year-old Eric Maron while he was drunk-driving his fiancée's daughter to school on September 9, 2009.

The sentence handed down today by Broward Circuit Judge Joel Lazarus as part of Jones' plea agreement wasn't the maximum, but it's certainly different from a sentence last month from the Broward Circuit Court in which Ryan LeVin -- who mowed over two people before speeding away -- was sentenced to house arrest.

There were a few differences between the driving-and-killing cases of Jones and LeVin: Jones was driving the 9-year-old to school when drove his Toyota Avalon over the motorcyclist, then left the girl in the car and ran away. LeVin was racing his $120,000 Porsche after a night of barhopping when he mowed over and killed two British businessmen -- who were on the sidewalk -- before driving away.

The similarities: The Sun-Sentinel says Jones had a warrant in another state for violating probation in a case in which he left the scene of a crash involving bodily injury. LeVin did too, except he was on parole. Both men then ended up killing people with their cars and running away.

The big difference: Jones goes to prison for ten years, and LeVin was sentenced to two years' house arrest after he paid the victims' families an undisclosed amount.

Both cases were handled in the same courthouse but under different judges. Jones was also sentenced to five years on a child neglect charge, but that runs concurrently with his ten-year manslaughter charge.

That should teach a lesson to everyone out there: Don't commit crimes in Broward County unless you're ready to pay for it -- literally.


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Bumpy Johnson
Bumpy Johnson

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO RACE!! white man kills 2 people walks free. black man kills one gets prison. not to mention both had previous fleeng the scene of dui accident.

Sam
Sam

I don't agree with Levin outcome either, but a big difference between these two cases were the victims' families.  In the Levin matter, the families were not cooperating with the criminal prosecution because they wanted the civil action settled.  Which yes is all about the money, but if the victims wanted to move on and Levin had the money to let them do so shouldn't the Judge support that outcome?  It is the same thing with the NFL player in Miami, paid off the victim got a slap on the wrist in the criminal action because the victim would not cooperate.

anonymous
anonymous

Remember Judge Barbara McCarthy at election time.  She is a disgrace to the bench.

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anonymous
anonymous

I have heard that people are moving out and refusing to buy in to Point Of Americas because that killer has turned the complex into his own prison ground.  He's in Illinois now, but will be back.  The judge is that case should be driven out of the town by the taxpayers.  How crazy and arrogant and clearly wrong can anyone be.

anonymous
anonymous

The LeVin case is an outrageous example of no justice because you have money.  It may be the worst example for payola  ever recorded in Broward County. 

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Hopefully her opponent remembers to mention this decision. That would make the opposition a no brainer slam dunk selection.

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

Yes, but it isn't the white that made the difference. It was the green.

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