Friday, September 26, 2008

Woman Who Killed Dials, Silkworm Drummer To Go Free

Pic via Trib

Via the Tribune:

Jeanette Sliwinski, a former trade-show model convicted of reckless homicide in a July 2005 crash that killed three men in a suicide attempt, is scheduled to be released from prison Oct. 2, less than halfway into her 8-year sentence.

Friends and families of the victims, along with a former Skokie police officer who investigated the case, expressed outrage at Sliwinski's release, even though her sentence reduction follows the law...

Prosecutors had charged Sliwinski with three counts of first-degree murder, one each for the deaths of...Michael Dahlquist, 39, John Glick, 35, and Douglas Meis, 29. They asked for a 30-year sentence.

The victims, all from Chicago, were musicians, friends and co-workers who were out for lunch when Sliwinski crashed her Mustang into their Honda Civic. She suffered a broken ankle.

The article goes on to explain the legality of Sliwinski's early release, and quotes friends, family, and the investigative officer of the case, Brent Fowler. About the psychological treatment that Sliwinski received in prison (the basis for her early release), and the lack of it that she supposedly received in her adult life, Fowler said "If (treatment wasn't) effective in her early 20s, how much more effective is 10 months going to be?...She took the life of three innocent people who were going to lunch. If that's not a travesty of justice, I don't know what is."

Truer words were never spoken.

(Jonathan Graef)

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