Did Facebook alter a defendant’s sentence?

A New York teenager is going to jail for killing her boyfriend while driving under the influence. The 17 year old had a .13 BAC and was driving 56 mph in a 30 mph zone when she crashed into a pillar, killing her boyfriend. She pleaded guilty on November 18 to criminally negligent homicide. 

Prior to her sentencing hearing, the prosecution became aware of a photo posted on her Facebook page one month after the crash, captioned "drunk in Florida." The sentencing judge took note of the photo and it’s implied behavior, "I’m troubled by your conduct since the crash," County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Sullivan, "and that’s the reason for the jail sentence."

The teen was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation.

Drunk driver gets into more trouble after posting Facebook photo | The Buffalo News


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