April 2014

April 2014

Butler, Vines and Babb attorney Darren Berg seeks to change laws regarding prison sentencing and parole guidelines for multiple DUI offenders. Mr. Berg represents the family Ben Woodruff, killed by a multiple DUI offender in August of 2013. Also severely injured in the crash was his seven year old son and five others. Five time convicted DUI offender Scott Spangler accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide. In the deal, he was sentenced to 20 years behind bars, but under current law he is eligible for parole after serving just 30 percent of his sentence. The family members of victim Ben Woodruff say they fear Spangler may get out of jail in six years and get behind the wheel intoxicated again. Mr. Berg and the Woodruff family have been in touch with lawmakers asking for a bill to be introduced that will give the judge more discretion to decide on a case by case basis the proper length of time an inmate should serve before being eligible for parole. See the full story as reported by WATE News – Knoxville.