2 in Orange County fatal DUI crash get 15 years probation
Updated On: Apr 12 2013 05:37:22 PM EDT
A couple accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian in 2011 while driving during a drunken argument accepted a plea deal on Friday for a lesser charge of vehicular homicide.
Travis Main and Natalie Houle entered a no contest plea with punishment of 15 years of probation with conditions and will both have felony records. They faced 15 years in prison on vehicular manslaughter charges in the July 9, 2011 crash.
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Investigators said Houle was driving and Main was in the passenger seat when he pulled the steering wheel to avoid an oncoming car on Goldenrod Road, but ended up hitting and killing 55-year-old Robert Stout, a medalist in the Special Olympics.
Stout's family was in the court room on Friday, angered over how Houle and Main aren't going to prison.
"We can't understand why they aren't going to prison," said sister Penny Stout. "This is why Orlando leads the nation in pedestrian deaths."
Bouth Houle and Main spoke to the family at the hearing, expressing their apologies. Houle said she was truly sorry and wished she had called a taxi that night. Main said he will carry the tragic event on his shoulders for the rest of his life.
Despite the apologies, Stout's family says they're shocked at the lack of jailtime.
"It's as if we're saying come to Orlando get drunk drive, kill and get just probation," Penny Stout said.
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