Comments for: Judge delays Brewer man’s sentence after paralyzed victim objects to plea deal

Posted June 04, 2012, at 6:39 p.m.
Last modified June 04, 2012, at 7:27 p.m.

BANGOR | The victim on Monday tearfully begged the judge to sentence Gordon Cameron to spend more time behind bars for causing the crash that paralyzed her than the two years called for in his plea agreement. “Please make an example out of him with the sentencing,” said the …

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  • “Plea bargain”
    A legal tactic often used by shyster lawyers to inflict pain and suffering
    on the victim of a tragic occurrence.

    • I dislike lawyers myself, but I have a hard time imagining many of them exist simply to cause pain to victims.

      • Anonymous

        Very true. They don’t care enough about victims to care one way or the other.

      •  Carlton,
         have you ever had to go through a divorce ?
        Or bitter custody battle?
        It isn’t all milk and honey , nor wine and roses , I can assure you.
        The opposing lawyer will see to that .

    • Anonymous

      What a simplistic over genrealized observation on your part.   It’s not even true.  “Shyster lawyers”?
      What a patent falsehood.

    • Anonymous

      your comment is rediculous, first of all lawyers DON’T make up the plea bargains. the DISTRICT ATTYs OFFICE DOES. it’s up to your defense lawyer and you as the defendent to accept or deny that offer… so before you go belittling (sp?) someones profession and them as a person, please look into your comments to make sure they have some truth  behind them before you post. before ignorance becomes of you. thank you.

      • Anonymous

        The people in the DA’s office who come up with the plea agreements are lawyers.

      • Anonymous

        > lawyers DON’T make up the plea bargains. the DISTRICT ATTYs OFFICE DOES

        Did you ever wonder why they call it the District “Attorney’s” Office? I think there is a good change that it is because they are attorneys, AKA lawyers. And those lawyers do tend to go awful soft at times, especially in cases like this where the guy deliberately caused the crash.

  • It’s possible if this happened just a few years ago a BAC of .09 would not have been over the limit.

    • Guest

      It’s possible that he was influenced more with testosterone and rage than alcohol.

      A terrible outcome, regardless the ’cause’.   I certainly don’t envy the Judge’s job.

    • Anonymous

      Deliberately crashing a car and crippling a teenage girl for life is way over the limit, regardless of what he was drinking. This is the kind of guy that needs a few decades behind bars to mellow out.

  • Anonymous

    No plea bargain!  I can’t believe this Dep. DA would even consider it. What is wrong with him. But kudos to the judge who questions this lunatic plea.

    • Anonymous

      Based on the info in the article, this case would be no slam dunk at trial. His BAC was .09 an hour or so after the accident. The intoxilyzer machine that took that reading has a .01 margin of error up or down so he could have been anywhere from .08 to .10. An hour earlier, at the time of the operation, his BAC may have been even higher and working its way down or, if there was recent consumption, something below .08 and working its way upward. Obviously he plead so there must be some evidence tending to suggest when he had his last drink, but he was not so far over the limit an issue couldn’t have been made out of this. Offering a plea and avoiding the risk of a potential acquittal is a good option for the state. The judge will accept this plea once he has slept on it.

      • Anonymous

         So are you saying that this driver was not drunk at the time of the crash?  So, if not, is it really more about him threatening her life, then following through with that threat ??   As far as the deal to suspend his license for ten years … that suspension process works about as well as restraining orders do in domestic violence situations … My best guest is, if he gets two years, he will be caught driving within a year of being released from prison – oh, and probably drinking at the same time.

        • Anonymous

          Im saying that at a trial, where the state bears the burden of proof, this Defendant could potentially have generated a reasonable doubt as to whether he was under the influence.  If the issue of his drunkeness is in question, so is everything else about the case and his level of recklesness.  In other words, if a trial occured rather than a plea, there is a chance, a valid chance, the Defendant could have prevailed.  For that reason, among others, it makes sense to extend a plea offer.  It hedges against the potential negative outcome at trial.  I think a lot of people are reacting to this deal as though there were only two potential outcomes to consider: (1) he’s found guilty following a trial and is sentenced or (2) he pleads guilty prior to trial and is sentenced.  There is the third possibility that he has a trial, is acquitted, and then, beyond an administrative suspension, experiences no formal sanction for this conduct. 

  • Anonymous

    I feel very bad for this young man and woman. Both lives are altered forever. In a perfect world it would only seen fair that the person that caused the accident should be the one that has to pay with their fanances or mobility. I hpe and pray she finds the comfort she needs to be able to have a long, happy and healthy life. God bless you.

  • Anonymous

    Another patent falsehood / assumption.  I personally know 3 lawyers and they are none of what you make them out to be.  When you generalize about a whole group of people, you come across as a fool.

  • Anonymous

    I think a plea bargain is the perfect solution to this case. He can go to jail for two years or twenty two years and she is going to remain just as injured. He made a terrible choice that day over a year ago, but SO DID SHE. He didn’t run her down in the road, or happen upon her car, she made a poor choice to get into a car with a boyfriend who had been drinking. She must have had a good idea of how much he had had to drink. I am NOT blaming her for her injuries, but she was not a bystander. 

    I think the fact that he violated his bail conditions with substances of abuse suggest that he has issues that he needs to deal with. Getting psychiatric help and attending AA should be a mandatory part of his sentence. Abandoning her after the crash seems cowardly, but that cannot be changed either, and for her, that may be for the best. Now is a time for her to focus on healing the emotional injuries that occur with these kinds of physical injuries and I do not believe sending him to jail for a longer time is going to help her heal emotionally. I pray that both of these young people can find the courage to forgive themselves and each other, heal and hopefully go on to lead full productive lives. Your lives were both spared in this crash, I would believe for a reason. Each of you has suffered serious consequences that you can learn from and hopefully help others avoid the decisions that brought you to this day. Your lives obviously have a purpose that still needs to be fulfilled.

    • Guest

      said perfectly

    • Anonymous

      I love how they skipped all that information in this article. After I commented on it I went and read the other article and I’m just stunned. I certaintly do not blame this on her, BUT she is not entirely blameless. She should be held accountable for making the decision to get in the car with a drunk driver, because like you said he didn’t run her down. What if he had not been drunk and just got into an accident, would she still be saying lock him up forever? And according to her facebook she is quite the drinker (which is funny because she is underage) so it appears the roles could have VERY easily been reversed and he could be the one paralyzed right now. (Which she is actually doing very well in rehab and according to one of her sisters, the chances of her walking again are pretty good…I can’t help but wonder how much she is milking the extent of her injuries to this day)
      Just something to think about is all… I am starting to think maybe the plea bargain is fair? 

      • Anonymous

        What is with you people?  Are you seriously blaming her for getting into the car?  #1 He wasn’t your typical drunk who lost control of the car and crashed it.  He actually threatened to crash the car and then did.  #2 He was old enough to know better.  What in the world was he doing with a 17 year old?  #3  She wants him locked up for more than 2 years because he followed through on a threat and paralyzed her for the rest of her life!  He’s right.  He is a coward.  Tit for tat.

        • Matthew Desmond

          Not saying that she is totally innocent, BUT, she DID make the choice to get in to a vehicle with someone that she KNEW was under the influence.  Not saying that it’s fair that she is disabled for life, but I was always raised to take responsibility for my actions, regardless of whether or not I was right or wrong.  It doesn’t matter if he spends one day or a thousand years in jail, he’ll remember that for the rest of his life.  And the young lady that was involved will also have to remember that day for the rest of her life.  The real question in my mind is whether or not either of them will take something away from it and change their lives for the better.  It CAN be done!

        • Anonymous

          I said I DO NOT BLAME HER. All I am saying is she knew better than to get in the car with a drunk driver. Please do not twist my words. 
          And you say “What in the world was he doing with a 17 year old” Well… what in the world was she doing with a 25 year old?? That is a moot point…

          • Anonymous

            Then you are blaming her!  How can you say “I’m not blaming her, BUT” and then go on to say she knew better!  He is the adult here.  She was not of legal age.  I made mistakes as a 17 year old that I would never have made as a 25 year old.  What is a 25 year old doing hanging out with a high school student?  So totally wrong!  He is TOTALLY responsible for her paralysis, which was not an accident.  It was a threat made by him that was made a reality by HIM!

          • Anonymous

            All I am saying is that she knew better to get into the car with him after he had been drinking. They start D.A.R.E in like what, kindergarten? 
            And yes I understand that he threatened to crash into a pole and then lost control and actually DID crash the vehicle… I am not saying that he shouldn’t be punished…he should. And I can also understand you made mistakes at 17, so did I…but being an underage drinker and either driving drunk or driving with someone who was drunk was not on the list…and honestly anyone who makes those choices are doing just that…making a choice, not a “mistake” 

          • Anonymous

            I agree 100%, Bella.  This girl made a horrible decision. She will live with it for the rest of her life. I feel horrible for her injuries but this is exactly what can happen when you make these decisions. It sounds to me like she has some emotional issues, understandably, and I hope she gets some counseling to help her deal with it. Poor kid.

          • commented

          •  I’m the victim and you guys don’t no what happened that night. # 1 I was
            18 at the time not 17… #2 I guarentee I tried spending the night at
            his house that night and he didn’t want me to so actually he pretty much
            did make me get in the car that night.#3 Why would he plead guilty if
            he DIDN’T hit the pole on purpose??? I obviously hit my head that night
            so i don’t remember much of that night…#4 he was NOT my boyfriend at
            the time of the accident we broke up 4 months before the accident… #5
            He admitted that he hit the pole I was at court yesterday none of you
            were. he said he got pissed at me and we got into a fight and he told me
            to shut up or he was going to drive his car into a pole and me not
            thinking he was that much of a psycho told him to go ahead… And he did
            it #6 Yes he does need to go to jail longer than 2 years to pay for
            what he has done to me he almost killed me that night and that was what
            he was attempting on doing and he failed now I’m in this wheelchair so
            yes actually i would feel a lot better if he was in jail longer then 2
            years i would rather him be in the situation that i am in but obviously
            that isn’t going to happen so he needs to pay for it somehow and i guess
            jail is the only way.  So before any of u make stupid accusations 
            learn the facts and stop acting like you no everything about what
            happened cause NONE of you do!! Thanks *Corie

          • Anonymous

            Corie, I am sorry you suffered the injuries that you received. I admit I cannot imagine what it must be like for you. But there is a lot in your comment that I don’t understand.

            You did get in that car, maybe reluctantly, but you were not forced. There was not one single friend you could have called? Taxi? Public Transportation? No place you could have walked to that would have been safer than getting in the car with someone you knew had been drinking? Corie, these are questions I ask my kids to ask themselves if they are with someone who has been drinking. I think with the alcohol level he had, he probably didn’t seem too drunk, and it sounds like there was an argument already in progress and maybe that was where your focus was, rather than the question of safety of riding with him. 

            He had to have been very angry to threaten to drive his car into a pole and I am guessing you were probably angry or emotional when you told him to “go ahead”. Those are all pretty human emotions and no one ever thinks that the worst is going to happen to them in those heated moments. He was obviously very distracted by the argument going on, maybe unaware of his speed and any other conditions. He swerved to make a point. Apparently he did not hit the pole he was threatening to hit, but in swerving towards and then away, he lost control of the vehicle and ultimately the car hit another pole. While his actions were very wrong, I believe his intent was only a threat.

            How does it help you, or change your situation if he is put in jail for a much longer time? Your permanent injuries are just that: permanent. Maybe you think a longer jail sentence will make you feel better. That sounds like revenge to me. Whether Cameron goes to jail for twenty minutes or twenty years, your injuries will remain what they are now.

            I believe he needs help. I think the court should order psychiatric help and AA. I think his license should be restricted to just earning a living and community service in a domestic violence venue when a mental health professional feels he is stable enough to do so. I am not suggesting he be allowed to “get away” with what happened. I am suggesting a sentence be fashioned that would be in the best interest of the community at large. I don’t see how warehousing him in a jail helps him or you, or the rest of the community. All he will learn in jail is how to be a smarter offender. 

            I would suggest that you try to forgive him, not for him, for you. Finding that courage to forgive him and move on with your life will be the first step to becoming a survivor, instead of being a victim. This is a lesson I have learned firsthand. Anger, hate and revenge are very strong emotions and will likely prevent the emotional healing you seek. Forgiveness can give you the serenity you seek and allow you to make confident and positive changes to move forward as a survivor.  I wish you nothing but the best as you go forward. 

          • Anonymous

            Wow.. what a very well said response!

          •  ARE YOU FOR REAL !!!!!!! I LIKE HOW YOU PEOPLE SAY CORIE SHOULD FORGIVE HIM FOR WHAT HES DONE TO HER IM SURE IF THIS WAS SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY YOU WOULD WANT THE SCUM BAG PUT AWAY FOR LIFE YOU THINK ITS THAT EASY FOR HER TO HEAL AND MOVE FORWARD ITS EASY FOR YOU TO SAY MY DAUGHTER HAS BEEN THREW HELL AND BACK AND YES SHE GOT IN THE CAR WITH HIM BUT SHE DIDNT DESERVE WHAT HE DID. HE TOLD HER HE WAS GOING TO HIT THE POLE WHAT PART OF THAT DO U PEOPLE NOT UNDERSTAND? IF IT WAS AN ACCIDENT THATS 1 THING BUT IT WASNT MY DAUGHTER WAS A VERY OUT GOING GIRL FULL OF LIFE NOW SHES FULL OF PAIN  CORIE HAS EVERY RIGHT TO NEVER FORGIVE HIM. I THINK MY DAUGHTER HAS SUFFERD ENOUGH AND NOW ITS GORDONS TURN TO SUFFER IN JAIL WHERE HE BELONGS. SORRY CORIE I WROTE ON HERE BUT IT PISSES ME OFF WHAT SOME PEOPLE ARE SAYING WHEN THEY HAVE NO CLUE.

          • VERY WELL SAID CORIE.

      • Anonymous

        Interesting info- that’s why i love to read the comments- it gives another view of the article…

    • Anonymous

      She was 17.. He was 24…. He needs to be held accountable.  He was threatening to kill himself and her by crashing into a pole!  Who knows what he threatened to get her into the car.  Sounds like he has issues that only prision time (harsh reality) will solve. We do not know what it is like for this young woman to have her mobility taken from her so early in life (or at all for that matter) saying that 2 or 20 won’t fix her, you don’t know that…. it may fix her “internally”. He is the criminal here, and she needs justice.

      • Anonymous

        “Sounds like he has issues that only prision time (harsh reality) will solve.”… are you in the medical field?? are you a shrink?? i hate to inform you but the number of people that come our of prison WORSE than when they went in is astronomical. I agree that some jail time is in order, however; he didn’t hold a gun to this womans head and make her get into the vehicle with him. she knowingly and willingly got into this motor vehicle with her than drunk boyfriend. i’m not saying he’s in the clear. and he does obviously need help, but he will NOT recieve that help behind  bars. he needs professional medical help to deal with the problems in his head. obviously NEITHER ONE has learned a lesson from this whole story as she continues to drink alcohol ( as a minor ), and he continues to use alcohol and smoke pot “as a way to cope”… IMHO i think BOTH parties should be recieveing AA and psychiatric help

    • Anonymous

      The fact that he threatened to drive into a pole before losing control of the car, abandoned her, violated conditions of parole, continued to be a subanstance abuser and did not visit her in the hospital makes me lose all sympathy for him.  He terrorized her and then he caused her to become paralyzed for the rest of her life.  Normally I am a bleeding heart when it comes to these things, but this guy is a piece of work.  Geez, your post makes it sound like she should write a Chicken Soup for the Paralyzed Victim’s Soul book and forgive him.  Are you related to him or something?

    • I said the same thing this morning when I saw this on the news. She should have used better judgement AND not gotten into that car with a drunk driver, but, she also should not be ridiculed for doing so. The poor girl has to spend the rest of her life in that wheelchair and that is an extremely painful reminder.

  • Anonymous

    So they were boyfriend and girlfriend, and he NEVER went and saw her in the hospital!?? 
    Regardless of whatever they were fighting about before he threatened to crash the car, and then ended up doing so, he should have been living in that hospital with her. Granted he never should have threatened/pretended to swerve the car. 
    He shouldn’t be allowed a plea bargain at all. Whatever the maximum sentence is, double it. 

  • Anonymous

    So a guy gets drunk and crashes his car into a solid object and the passenger in the car is in a wheelchair for life and Chris Almy’s right hand man Mike Roberts thinks that 2 years in jail is an appropriate sentence. Give me a break, this is the easy way out for the prosecutor. How about this new and apparently novel approach. Commit the crime and you are going to do serious time. No plea bargains, no 5, 10, or 20 years sentences with all but 20 minutes suspended. If the District Attorney gets tough on criminals, then we might see crime actually go down. It is time for the citizens to demand that prosecutors start doing the job we pay them to do. Put criminals in jail. Destroy someone’s life and get your wrist slapped because it is easier for the system to plead out the case then it is to hold someone accountable for their actions has to stop.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, the DA’s just want things easy!  Give a plea, NEXT….. No wonder we have all these drug robberies going on!

  • HowdyNeighbor

    He’s already been convicted of violating his bail conditions yet now he cries and wants everyone to feel sorry for him? Throw the book at him, Judge!

    • Anonymous

      Where did it say he wants everyone to feel sorry for him?  I think it said he asked to be forgiven, and called himself a coward.  Sounds like he realizes what he is at least,  and realizes that forgiveness is the way to change himself for the better.   None of what I just wrote should be interpreted as condoning his (or her) behavior that day.  So please, don’t mis-read me the way the news article has been mis-read.  I do agree with you to the extent that he should have “the book” thrown at him.

      • HowdyNeighbor

        He threatened to run into a tree so he was terrorizing her. Then, he ran into a tree. He never visited her when she was int the hospital. Then, he violated his bail conditions and got caught. And now he’s so sorry and cries in court? Boo hoo hoo. I’m not buying it. In my opinion, he’s a bully who has ruined a woman’s life and he deserves the maximum sentence.

  • Anonymous

    This is EXACTLY what is wrong with the Justice system right here.  This poor woman gets victimized and will spend the rest of her life in a chair, her life has been completely changed.  Meanwhile some DA or DA’s assistant comes in and just to make sure the famous DA’s office continues with their awesome conviction rate, they plea the thing down to the point that any criminal would be a complete madman not to accept it.  Hey Almy, WHAT ABOUT THE VICTIM???  I am so sick of seeing the prosecutors of this area act like , to be honest with you, Defense attorneys.  Its not a huge surprise though.  Silverstein does work for the Attorney General and also represents defendants.  Isnt this kind of a conflict of Interest?  Why does it seem like this entire justice system is just a bunch of good ole boys that play Adult Basketball league with each other BBQ at each other’s houses and flip a coin to see what kind of sentence they should plea down to…..Give me a break…I swear we are nothing more than Northern FLORIDA

  • Nice choice of courtroom attire for the perp.
    A black hoody. 
    Sheeeesh!

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking the same exact thing.. I think I have seen him in the past driving around in that hoodie with the hood up in his Cavalier… oh driving a cavalier he should not …
      “cavalier” ..A gallant or chivalrous man, especially one serving as escort to a woman of high social position; a gentleman.

    • Anonymous

      didn’t you read the story??? he’s been in jail since his arrest unable to make bail. the jail doesn’t provide you with clothes to go to court in unless your wearing the orange jumpsuit… that hoodie is obviously what he was wearing when he was arrested. and i don’t think he has family around here as he would’ve been wearing something a lil better than a hoodie. . . but than again i guess the hoodie is better than the orange jail garb…

      • B

        your lawyer or family can bring you clothing if you want.

      • Anonymous

        “He has no criminal record except for a misdemeanor theft conviction in 2005 and a conviction for violating his bail in the crash case by possessing marijuana and alcohol. He served an 11-day jail sentence earlier this year for the violation, according to Roberts.”

        Might I suggest that you actually read the article yourself before ranting on someone else about reading it.

  • Anonymous

    throw the book at him. Like one other post said to go through something like this is horrific and tramatic. Every day people have no idea what it is like to be in this situation. We have laws on the books to deal with these people and to make some kind of plea deal, when the law has set a standard is crazy. The issue is not that he could spend two years or twenty years in jail……he did the act and should be held accountable for his actions, whether it would change the out come about the victim or not. She is the one who will suffer more than anyone else and that is the bottom line for this girl. raysgirl and others like this post would sure feel differently if this kind of thing had happened to someone they love or themselves.
    My hat goes off to the victim for standing up to the system and to make a brave plea to the judge to see things from her point of view……..as more judges should use their positions to inforce the laws on the books. He was a coward and makeing him pay dearly should be the only thing this court case should be about.

    • Anonymous

      making him go to jail doesn’t give him the help he needs… and there fore wether he gets 2 years or 20 years, without the help he needs mentally we’ll be reading another story just like this one upon his release. . . so as much as you all want to send this coward to jail for as long as humanly possible, just remember that won’t fix the problems in his head, probably just make them worse… wouldn’t you rather see the criminals getting the help they need so we can avoid this who scenerio in the future? avoid more victims?? avoid the anguish this family has to live through?? i’m all for this D-BAG going to jail. but i’m more for him getting the psychiatric help he should be recieving to make him self better… i for one wouldn’t want my family around this man in the same mind frame he’s in now. he’s just burying his emotions with drugs and alcohol, and his bail violations show this…. send him to jail for 20 years and in 20 years 6 months when he gets out the same if not worse as when he went in, we’ll be reading this story with other victims involved under the same circumstances, and all because the state didn’t make it mandatory for psychiatric rehab of some sort…. just MHO

    • Anonymous

      I think it would be best if you did not make assumptions about how raysgirl (and others) would feel if it happened to them or someone they love without knowing if, in fact, maybe it has happened to me or someone I care about. (I can’t speak for any of the other posters.) It seems to me that there was likely an alcohol fueled argument going on in that car just before the crash. I am concerned about the victim’s role in this. Yes, Cameron was wrong, no way around that. But when you threaten to drive your car into a tree or a pole at a high rate of speed, you are just as likely talking suicide as terrorizing the person you are arguing with. So was this a real threat or just a sad co-incidence as a result of being distracted by an angry argument while driving impaired? I don’t know. The media has not given any insight into that, and I am not close to any of the parties involved.

      I still stand by my post that the court can use Cameron’s willing to take a plea to make a constructive change in at least one person’s life. Let the guy plead, order him to get help, keep him on probation for a long time to assure that he is getting the help that is ordered, restrict his license to only a commute to/from work, and community service in a domestic violence venue once he proves he can safely perform such work. That is NOT getting off the charges, that is conforming a sentence to hopefully rehabilitate the offender instead of warehousing him in a jail for years and letting a smarter offender loose on the community.

      And I stand by my earlier suggestion that the victim get some counselling and hopefully forgive him, which she needs to do for herself, not for him. No Chicken Soup for the Soul for quadraplegics! I am not a quadraplegic, but I have been the victim of a violent crime. I have forgiven the person who hurt me and that helped me become a survivor instead of victim. . .that is how I feel.

  • 4 years for owning a sawed-off shotgun (see other article on this site), but only 2 years for purposely ramming your car onto a pole at 70MPH (while drunk and in violation of his bail conditions) in order to hurt or control your passenger girlfriend?

    And the police and the courts say that they are taking domestic violence seriously?  SMH

    • Anonymous

      The bail violation happened after the accident. The bail he violated was for causing the accident. RTFA.

      • Thanks for pointing that out, but that fact does not negate my argument that incidents of domestic voilence are still taken too lightly.
         
        You could have gotten your point across without the snarky last bit.

  • Anonymous

    It seems there is no justice in the “justice system”… I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to live a life confined to a wheelchair; my heart goes out to the victim. This young woman will not have the opportunities so many may take for granted. Cameron, however, will likely serve little time… probably lessened by “good behavior”; and then he’ll go on with his life – walking, enjoying mobility which this young woman has lost.

    I am not impressed with Cameron’s written statement that if he wasn’t a such a coward he would’ve killed himself. It reveals something deeply wrong with his thought process to propose suicide equates to accepting responsibility.

    And concerning the plea bargaining system; what a sham. I’d agree with an earlier comment that prosecutors appear concerned about conviction rates, not justice. And in some cases, some prosecutors will engage in misconduct to get what they want.

    A case in point is ADA Michael Madigan participating with Officer Michael Moody (Brunswick) to falsify a police report. Madigan destroyed the videotape against procedure; but apparently forgot about the audiotape evidence. And a different BDN post from “maine_seashore” for http://rushlau.blogspot.com/?m=1 seems to support the comment regarding prosecutors will and conflict of interest issues (“DA Geoffrey Rushlau Under Investigation”).

    In the end, this dysfunctional justice system coupled with some unethical law enforcement officers mows over victims and people while all of us pay in too many ways.

  • Anonymous

    Alcohol aside, I’m more stricken by the fact that he was arguing with the victim and playing chicken with telephone poles at a high trate of speed — a game he eventually lost.

    I’m also stricken by the fact that an 18-year-old was dating a 25-year-old — at that stage of life, seven years is a big age difference. My parents would have locked me up if I tried to pull that off.

    • Anonymous

      parents would have locked you up??? it’s a legal dating arangement in the state of maine, and every other state for that matter. this WOMAN was 18 years old at the time of the accident, nothing and i mean NOTHING her parents said could’ve or would’ve stoppede her from seeing this man as she was a legal adult by age and law standard ( not maturity wise). again she didn’t have to get in this vehcile with someon that SHE KNEW was under the influence, but she did… they’re were ALOT of bad decissions that got these 2 young adults to the point of the accident. and there was ALOT more bad decissions on his part after the accident, as in not going to the hospital to check on her, to not contact her and see how she was doing so on and so forth, now please don’t misunderstand me i’m not blaming her in any way or form. but she shouldn’t have been in that vehicle

  • Guest

    She has already been sentenced to a wheelchair for life.
    How do you make something like this right.

    Alochol once again is the villain here, yet no one wants to deal with all the damage it causes.

  • Anonymous

    you weren’t there that night, none of us were. he didn’t make her get into that vehicle, no i’m not blaming her. but she wasn’t little miss innocent that night either… what was her blood alcohol content that night?? almost willing to be she was under the influence either, the only reason she wasn’t charged with a crime was because she was injured in the accident

    • Anonymous

      What crime would she have been charged with?

      • Anonymous

        Underage drinking.

      • Anonymous

        probably a minor consuming alcohol, and before anyone jumps on me I’m just answering the question, not saying she should or shouldn’t have been charged

        • Anonymous

          Just wondering… not jumping on you, CyndiLou2 …. article reports Cameron drinking, driving, arguing with the victim, and threatening to drive into a pole. Didn’t read victim was drinking… this is an earlier report? Nevertheless, seems the victim wouldn’t hesitate taking the charge… it seems to pale in comparison to Cameron’s actions.

          • Anonymous

            sorry, I must have gotten confused with the article vs the comments, my bad, she may not have been drinking at all… 

    • Anonymous

      Her facebook shows pictures of her drinking and smoking a joint before her & the bf went for their drive. 

    • Matthew Desmond

      Both of them received a life sentence that night.

  • quit yer whining

    This poor excuse for a human being should get life period. He may as well threatened her with a gun  

  • Guest

    After reading these comments, I think there are some pretty lousy people in this world.

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