A Mission Hills resident is convicted in the 2008 hit-and-run killing of Daniel Riemann (2/14, Local, “Five year prison term in hit-and-run”). The 20-year-old perpetrator, Curtis Mertensmeyer, pleads guilty to (underage) drinking, speeding, hitting Mr. Riemann and leaving the scene.
Mr. Riemann was thrown 139 feet, with a leg severed, and left to die because his killer sped on and did not seek help. And for this, the admitted killer is sentenced by Jackson County Judge John Torrence to only five years in prison with possible probation in 120 days? That’s four months in jail for taking a life, if probation is granted. How is this justice?
As a citizen, I am outraged that the maximum sentence was not imposed in this case. As a mother, I am angered by the message this inept judge is sending our young people. Apparently you can drink, drive and even kill a pedestrian without suffering undue consequences. Of course, it probably helps if you live in the “right” part of town with affluent, well-connected parents.
To Mr. Riemann’s family, my condolences. To the judge and legal system that would let this convicted criminal go free with a slap on the wrist: for shame.