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NO JUSTICE, PART II

When an Airman drove drunk and wrecked her vehicle, she also wreaked havoc on her personal life, nearly drowning her career plans.
(Photo illustration by TSgt Samuel Bendet)

Drunk Driving Conviction: Sheppard Airman found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in death of base civilian employee. (Photo illustration by TSgt Samuel Bendet)

Via-email -- In reference to the "Torch Talk" letters under the title "No Justice" (Summer 2014 issue, page 2): I agree that Senior Airman Anjelika Faul being sentenced to only 30 months for killing Mike Brown is a punishment that definitely does not fit the crime. However, she did not intentionally set out to do what she did. She was driving drunk. There is a difference between killing someone due to impaired judgment from being drunk and someone intentionally killing another person. Those who kill for no reason deserve to pay back with their life. There will be those who agree the punishment was not just. Realize, though, she may get out in 30 months, but she will have what she did on her conscious for the rest of her life. ... That is something I could never live with!

Ed Love
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.


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In reference to the letter titled "No Justice," I agree that a 30-month sentence for senselessly taking a man's life seems a bit light. But Senior Airman Anjelika Faul didn't necessarily get off easy. She has lost her freedom, lost her career and lost any peace she had in her conscience. Who knows in what other ways she is paying for this crime? It's tragic no matter how you look at it. There is no punishment that you could have given to Faul that would have filled the hole in the hearts of Mike Brown's family and friends. But a young girl's life -- admittedly by her own hand -- was changed forever that day, as well ... not to mention those of her loved ones. Make no mistake; she will continue to pay for this crime long after those 30 months expire.

Pearl Santos
Via e-mail


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I have to agree with the letters "No Justice." Senior Airman Anjelika Faul got off easy. I'm left wondering what the sentence would have been if it was the other way around. What if a 53-year-old man had killed a 22-year-old woman after a night of drinking and driving, instead of the other way around? Do you think the sentence would have been the same? I doubt it.

Pete Wright
Los Angeles