Woman Wants Justice for Daughter's Killer

Three years ago Katie Bossler was killed by a drunk driver. Her killer served less than a year of a 10-year sentence.

In 2009, 42-year-old Kevin Smith of Woodsboro was convicted of killing 15-year-old Katie Bossler of Keymar.

WUSA9 reported that Smith, who was driving drunk, lost control of his car and hit Bossler who was standing on the shoulder of the road near her home.

A Francis Scott Key student, Bossler died at Carroll Hospital Center.

According to CBS Baltimore, Smith was sentenced to 10 years in jail with all but 18 months suspended. Smith served less than a year and was released on probation.

Smith recently appeared in court for violating probation. CBS Baltimore reports that Linda Bossler, Katie's mother, is angry that instead of revoking Smith's probation, Smith was sent back to jail for one year.

What do you think? Should the state of Maryland crack down harder on drunk drivers? Tell us in the comments below.

I. DeFeo May 01, 2012 at 01:52 PM
We definitely to handle drunk driving differently. There are too many repeat offenders who get back on the road and drive drunk again and again. It's amazing there aren't more accidents.
S&W May 02, 2012 at 12:27 AM
I don't understand why they give a person ten years then suspend 9 of them. Why not call it like it is and say you are getting a slap on the knuckles. A drunk killed my brother in law in 1979, it was no different, the guy had to spend weekends in jail for a few months. A friend of mine sister was killed at the age of 16 by a drunk driver, she was drug for three blocks, the woman that hit her lost her liscense for 6 months and had to AA meeting. I agree there needs to be very stiff penalties for drunk driving, manditory 10 years, life if someone is killed.
Buck Harmon May 02, 2012 at 02:59 AM
As long as alcohol is legal you will have drunk drivers consistently... goes with the turf.. People that are drunk just don't think rationally... It can take a very long time to bottom out as well. Permission from the government is not needed for drunk drivers to continue....it's done with or without a perceived license.
Carol Mullen May 03, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I agree stronger penalties need to be enforced for drunk driving. There are no deterrents. People know if their caught drinking and driving or if they cause harm to another person while drinking and driving their sentence will be suspended. There are more rights for the drunk driver than the victim. What is it going to take to change the laws?


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