Upon reading TheDurango Herald (Feb. 11) I have many questions not answered. The story I am referring to was headlined Durango man gets 60 days for DUI, running over an elderly woman.
My first question: Why only a 60-day sentence when Paul ONeil was facing up to a year in jail after signing a plea agreement? The victim, Sue Hess, spent 10 days in intensive care and five months in rehabilitation and is still undergoing physical therapy.
The incident occurred in December 2009, so the victim has endured a longer recovery period than ONeil would have received with a full one year in jail.
My other question concerns former state Sen. Jim Dyers involvement. Why did he wear the Marine Corps emblem and use military terms such as trust ONeil on his flank? Was he trying to credit ONeil with military service? I admire and respect any military service. Was Dyer hoping Judge Wilson would show the same respect? Does ONeil have previous military service?
Jean Elliot, Bayfield