Every time I think of the Nick Adenhart tragedy of April 2009, I feel sad. Adenhart, the 22-year old Angels pitcher with a bright future was killed along with two friends by a piece of crap drunk driver. A fourth person in Adenhart's vehicle was seriously injured but survived.
Andrew Gallo, 24, was convicted in September of of three counts of second-degree murder and single counts of drunken driving, hit-and-run driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol. Gallo, like the wine, was nearly three times the legal limit to drive. He said he doesn't even remember the accident. That is debatable but what is not debatable is that this sort of thing happens all the time in America. Only because Adenhart was a Major League pitcher it made national headlines.
Gallo was already on probataion for felony drunken driving. He had a second chance and he blew it. If you get convicted of being a drunk driver once, you would think you would have learned your lesson. By driving drunk again, Gallo showed that he had no concern or regard for any other human being who might be in his path.
The good news is that Gallo won't drive drunk again. He was sentenced today to 51-years to life in prison. He'll have plenty of time to ponder his actions as he rots away in a jail cell. Hopefully other inmates find Gallo to be to their liking...if you know what I mean.
Still, the punishment isn't severe enough in my book. If it were up to me, Gallo would get the Wild West treatment. String him up till the wind whistles through his bones. No taxpayer money to support this piece of garbage and more air for the rest of us.