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Fairfield man sentenced to 10 years for deadly crash

DUI Memorial by Fairfield High School

Students at Fairfield High School walk by a small memorial for George E. Smith after school, Thursday. Smith was killed by a drunken driver last year near the school. (Conner Jay/Daily Republic)

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From page A1 | December 07, 2012 |

FAIRFIELD — A former Travis airman was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday for a 2011 drunken driving accident that killed a Fairfield father of five.

Tyler Scott received the sentence from Judge Harry Kinnicutt in Solano County Superior Court in connection with the death of 60-year-old George E. Smith. A request for probation by Scott’s attorney, Daniel Russo, was denied before the sentencing.

Scott, who was 22 at the time of the accident, was also convicted for driving under the influence. The sentences for the two crimes are concurrent, meaning Scott will be credited with 900 days served.

A plea deal was accepted in October in which a murder charge was dropped in exchange for guilty pleas to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury. Scott could have faced a life sentence if convicted of murder.

A throng of Smith’s family and supporters wore buttons with the picture of the grandfather of 12. Many tried to contain their emotions while the hearing took place. Smith’s wife and two of his daughters talked to Kinnicutt before the sentencing.

They recalled tales of how Smith never swore and described his playful activities with children and grandchildren. Aimee Desrosiers traveled from Antioch to speak about her father.

Desrosiers said Smith was a father figure to many of her six children. She said her children still talk about the accident since their grandfather’s death. Desrosiers spoke about one incident while dropping off her 4-year-old son.

“He said, ‘Mommy, don’t let anyone hurt you. Mommy, stay safe. Mommy, don’t die,’ ” she said. “I comfort them as much as I can. I deal with six children every day who remember it vividly.”

Smith’s wife, Margaret Smith, clutched a photo of her husband as she spoke. She mentioned a meeting with Scott and how the two talked about things. Margaret Smith said she doesn’t hate Scott and hopes he understands the severity of what he did to the family.

Another one of Smith’s daughters, Kendra Smith, spoke about how the accident happened three weeks prior to her high school graduation. On that graduation day, she said, her dad wasn’t in the stands and instead she had to go to the makeshift memorial near the crash site to share the moment.

“Because it happened so close to the high school, people who didn’t even know me came up and said they are sorry,” Kendra Smith said. “Every time we go to the store, we pass by that fence.”

George Smith was on his way home from work, driving on Cement Hill Road a few blocks from home, at the time of the accident.

Scott, who had been drinking heavily for hours at a party while Smith was working, was driving home from the party on Cement Hill Road in his pickup truck. He was rushing to see the midnight movie debut of “The Hangover: Part II.”

On the first day of the jury trial, the prosecutor said Scott had his foot floored on the accelerator when he lost control of his truck while driving at more than 75 mph. The vehicle careened into the oncoming traffic lane, crashing into Smith’s car, demolishing it in a second or two and killing Smith.

Scott suffered a superficial injury to one of his arms in the crash.

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Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.
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  • Christine in FFDecember 06, 2012 - 8:37 pm

    Are you serious?? He made the choice to drink and drive. HIM and him alone. It cost someone their life. Mr. Smith's family can NEVER see him, hold him, talk to him, cry with him, or laugh with him ever again. On the other hand~ your upstanding serviceman will regain his life after he serves his punishment for the unnecessary, selfish decision he made. That is if he doesn't make another selfish decision when he's released. Hopefully when he is released he can teach other people/kids about the dangers and consequences of driving while under the influence. BTW~ you say "a good kid locked up and will probably turn into a criminal once he's finally released because that's what prison does to people". I'm pretty sure you're already criminal while your in prison~ you don't become one after you've been released.

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  • Christine in FFDecember 06, 2012 - 8:42 pm

    Learn from Tyler, Eric, Don't drive while intoxicated! PERIOD!

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  • aimee desrosiersDecember 06, 2012 - 9:10 pm

    Thank u For all the support . And the true fact is Tyler will get out. And at the same time he will still be able to see his family and friends. He will be able to write to them... We on the other hand will never get that chance to share with our Father ever again.. And today justice was served. And the sad thing is Tyler Scott showed no emotion he didn't even cry so I don't think Tyler Scott fiel!!!d the impact of consequences of his actions

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  • Christine in FFDecember 06, 2012 - 9:53 pm

    Aimee~ I don't know you or your family but please accept my deepest condolences. My heart breaks for you all. I'm proud of what your mother did. She stood up for her husband who can no longer speak for himself. She did what had to be done for your father. I am glad that she doesn't hate Tyler, she can move forward with having forgiveness in her heart. I pray that God may bring you all peace and comfort.

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  • GemmaDecember 07, 2012 - 6:38 am

    @Christine-I agree with you regarding Margaret's actions. It takes a bigger person to forgive than not. MLK Jr said-Forgiveness is me giving up the right to hurt you,for hurting me. I'm always amazed at people who can forgive after such a tragedy, but I also know what a strong person they are to be able to do so. @Aimee-I don't know if Tyler has learned anything yet or not. As far as him not crying in court, I want to believe that's because either A-The military teaches us to be composed, or B-He didn't want to show his feeling in a courtroom of people and he's been in jail,maybe he's preparing himself to not show emotions in prison,since that's not a good thing to do.I don't know Tyler, so please don't think I'm defending him in any way, because that's not my intention. I want to believe that he HAS or WILL learn from this experience, and I don't want you or your family to feel any more kind of pain because of how you think he may or may not be feeling. No one will ever be able to make him or anyone else feel anything in life.When you think Tyler doesn't care about what happened, try and think about something better,like happy times with your dad.Every time a negative thought about Tyler comes, try to replace it with a happy one. I don't want him controlling your life any more than he already does,if that makes any sense. So sorry for the loss of your father as well.

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  • M. silvaDecember 06, 2012 - 9:54 pm

    today the case of the PEOPLE vs Tyler Scott came to a conclusion. After careful consideration of the facts the Judge sentenced Mr. Scott to the fullest extent of the law. In his remarks the judge mentioned comments made by Mr. Scott earlier in the process where he declined to accept the responsibility for his behavior or the consequences of his choice to get behind the wheel of his truck while not just buzzed but over twice the legal limit of blood alcohol. At no point did the Smith family ask for more than justice for the loss of George. The people of the state of California vs. Tyler Scott...even if none of our family had been in that courtroom during the process, the PEOPLE of California set the laws and set acceptable behaviors and Mr. Scott chose not to meet those standards and now he will suffer the consequences of his actions.

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  • Alicia VorhesDecember 06, 2012 - 11:22 pm

    Much more than two lives were destroyed by the outcome of this trial. Try more along the lines of a least a hundred. George touched many more lives than you can imagine. You're right we came home and he wasn't there, he will never be there again. Where as Tyler will be given the chance to have his life back, with his family once his sentence is served. As far as the "radical MADD organization" is concerned, I myself have been convicted of not one but two DUI's in the past. Luckily I did not kill anyone and this "radical" organization not only helped me see what kind of damage could be done but also helps teach of the damage that the families suffer. From what I understand was witnessed in the court room people were in attendance to testify on Tyler's behalf, including his mother, father and friends, but after witnessing the testimony of Kendra Smith, Aimee Derosiers and Major Susan Foster they did not. I get the feeling that they were ashamed, and who could blame them? You say that Tyler is "a good kid locked up and will probably turn into a criminal once he is finally released" Well excuse me but he became a "criminal" when he chose to drink and drive which resulted in murdering my friend George Smith. He claims it was an "accident" but according to police reports he had friends willing to drive for him. You friend also said he was remorseful for his actions, how remorseful was he when he broke his bond agreement and his military orders when he snuck off base to get drunk? AGAIN? My best friend suffers from PTSD thanks to her best friend, husband and the sole provider for her family being murdered. And you tell me again who is really to blame here? Rest In Peace George Smith. You are loved and will never be forgotten.

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  • GemmaDecember 07, 2012 - 6:24 am

    YOU NEED TO STOP NOW!!! An INNOCENT man is DEAD! He would still be here if TYLER didn't DRIVE DRUNK AND HIT HIM! TYLER made a mistake, and a man paid with his life! Tyler may be a good person like you say, and if he is, then he still has the rest of his life to live, and be a better person, than the one who drove drunk and killed an innocent man!Prison doesn't make everyone worse. There are always actions to our consequences,and Tyler is now dealing with his. You are so wrong to comment to the victims wife the way you did. You're DISGUSTING! BTW,IMO, it's even WORSE that Tyler was drunk and driving, as the AIR FORCE lectures on this constantly, they hand out cards with cab phone numbers,they let you know you can call your supervisor or 1ST SGT if you are drunk and unable to drive home. I don't know of any Supervisor who would be mad at their Airman for being drunk and asking for a ride home, vs driving drunk! You trying to turn Tyler into a saint is absurd. His actions and choices AFTER the incident will NEVER make up for his choices before the incident.I honestly hope Tyler learns from this experience. So many lives will NEVER be the same.

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  • GemmaDecember 07, 2012 - 6:42 am

    My initial comment was directed at Eric.

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  • BDecember 07, 2012 - 7:26 am

    What an absolute joke. This kid is a piece of trash, crashed another car drunk a mere few weeks after killing this man, and he gets 10 years. Likely to be out within 3. Judge Kinnicutt should be ashamed of himself and turn that robe in. What a joke!

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  • EricDecember 07, 2012 - 8:33 am

    Where are you getting your information about him crashing another car drunk?

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  • BDecember 07, 2012 - 9:28 am

    Ask his friends.

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  • EricDecember 07, 2012 - 9:47 am

    yeah thats not true dont make stuff up.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 07, 2012 - 7:34 am

    This story is another in a long line of senseless tragedies that could have been easily averted. I have written for years about DUI and begging people not to drink and drive. There is usually little if any response because before a tragedy occurs, it is sad to say nobody seems to care. Most folks that have a “few drinks” don’t understand they are impaired and risking their lives and the lives of others. They don’t stop to think about losing everything and taking everything from someone else and destroying their family. I have written the governor several times and appealed to law enforcement for penalties that might begin to stop this illegal and often fatal behavior. In the end, it comes down to people making poor decisions and others not stepping up. It is the Holiday Season and sadly, families like the Smith’s will not share the joy because of a stupid, avoidable act. Maybe you can prevent other families from facing this untold misery. Take the keys, call a cab, or offer to drive whatever. Here’s a novel idea, if you drive somewhere, don’t drink at all! Please don’t drink and drive and do everything you can to stop someone that will.

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  • M. silvaDecember 07, 2012 - 7:45 am

    B, in response to your comments about Judge K. In fact Mr. Scott will be required to serve at least 85 percent of his 10 year sentence. I feel that under the circumstances the judge was as fair and held Mr. Scott as accountable as the laws allowed. The courts do not make the laws, they enforce them upon conviction of a crime. Mr. Scott took a plea to avoid the possibility of a longer sentence and in no small part in hopes of a light sentence for his conviction. He accomplished protection from the potential of a much longer sentence had he been convicted for the Murder 2 charge that was possible in this case but even pleading guilty as opposed to no contest did not reduce his penalty for taking a life. We all pray for his life to turn around and that he actually tries to do some good with it in the future but nothing will 'fix' our family.

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  • BDecember 07, 2012 - 8:13 am

    There is nothing fair about 10 years for what he did. He has right about 2.5 served and will likely be eligible for parole in a few short years. I know him personally. He is not remorseful and was out partying, drinking and driving, and crashing cars while drunk just weeks after this incident. His rich daddy kept him from the sentencing he deserves. Best wishes to the family's involved, but I see nothing fair about this. The law just is not strict enough on drunk drivers.

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  • Christine in FFDecember 07, 2012 - 8:42 am

    Glen~ Can you tell me why all the other comments are not there, including family members of the victim? They show up in the 'commentary' link but not the actual story. Were they removed? I see Eric commenting again and feel he should see other opinions on this tragedy.

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  • Christine in FFDecember 07, 2012 - 8:55 am

    The comments on this story were removed but not the comment of Cheyenne Sala on the Peabody death, who is so angry she "could kill the person who did this". Wow.

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  • Rick from IdahoDecember 07, 2012 - 9:31 am

    And when his sentance to the civil court is complete then the USAF gets him back and he will recieve yet another punishment from the government. Possibly more jail time and most likely a dishonorable disharge.

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  • knjDecember 07, 2012 - 10:16 am

    What is the point of having an option for leaving comments if someone is just going to delete the comments? I think everyone is guilty of drunk driving at least once. Tyler Scott was just in a really bad situation that any of us could have been in. He has to live with the guilt of this forever and has already served a year and a half. I'm praying for the family and hope everyone can find forgiveness and peace in this awful situation.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 07, 2012 - 10:27 am

    knj, that is my point, everyone thinks it might have been "only once" and end of discussion we cannot continue making excuses. This crime needs to be addressed with severe penalties up to and including mandatory jail terms, impound fees for duration of sentence (first offense), with a non-refundable and automatic $10K fine before bail and other penalties are assessed. Yes, it is rough but if you can ignore those penalties, you belong in prison for good.

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  • Christine in FFDecember 07, 2012 - 11:15 am

    knj~ I'm sorry but I disagree with your statement that "everyone is guilty of driving drunk at least once". I have NEVER, not once, drove any vehicle while under the influence of ANY alcohol or substance. Also, most of us WOULDN'T be in Tyler's situation because we choose NOT to drink and drive on cement hill road doing 75 MPH~ but most certainly we very well could be in Mr.Smith's and his family's situation because of the irresponsible choices of others.

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  • MaureenDecember 07, 2012 - 10:23 am

    The sentence leaves me profoundly sad. My sister is a widow. She & her family didn't deserve this. DUI drivers will continue the behavior until criminals get the full sentence for crimes they commit. When someone dies from another persons criminal behavior, no plea bargain should be offered. The wine/alcohol industry in CA has to much power. I surmise this is behind the soft DUI laws & sentences in CA.

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  • StanDecember 07, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    Don't understand ....if he has already served 900 days=about 2.5 years? Meaning he began serving in Jul 2010? But the tragedy happened in 2011?

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  • EricDecember 07, 2012 - 7:06 pm

    There is a difference between a criminal who intentionally commits a crime and one who commits a crime unintentionally yes tyler intentionally committed the crime to drive drunk but he did not intentionally kill a man. people who intentionally commit crimes belong in prison because they already have the animal mind set. people in tylers case although do deserve to be punished severely should not be put into prison with the animals that belong there. It is proven a large percent of people who go to prison for non violent crimes end up becoming violent criminals themselves because that is what they are taught. it is not something someone can just turn off once released from prison. It is counter productive to the rehabilitation process to put people like tyler in prison. I also believe probation to be too lenient. To the women who commented early supporting MADD with two previous DUI's who are you to even be on here commenting you should be busy personally apologizing to the Smith family for being partially responsible. If you were caught twice who knows how many times you actually did it. who knows in life who looks up to you and watched you get behind the wheel drunk and thought it was ok to do as well. As much as it is preached to not drink and drive and how the front is put up that it is not acceptable yet thousands of people continuously do it everyday. How dare you point the finger at anyone else you are the same "criminal" that tyler is. Don't think for a second because the odds were in your favor and you didn't kill anyone that you are a better person for it. Just for the record I have never drove drunk and am highly against it i have forcefully taken many keys away from people and have spent thousands of dollars on cab fares for people to get home safely. I live next to a huge college campus and see hundreds of college students every week returning home wasted. you cant convince them to not do it because time and time again they get away with it. I feel extremely bad for the Smith family its not right that bad things happen to good people.

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  • PMSDecember 07, 2012 - 7:32 pm

    Eric why no last name? how do you fit in this? just asking will you answer

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  • PMSDecember 07, 2012 - 9:58 pm

    PMS is who I am Peggy Margaret Smith yes Mrs. George Smith the Lady you put down in you first post. Let’s start with I did not take two lives I did not drink and drive. Tyler N. Scott, , plead guilty to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury Your words “There is a difference between a criminal who intentionally commits a crime and one who commits a crime unintentionally yes tyler intentionally committed the crime to drive drunk but he did not intentionally kill a man.” I will give you that he did not kill he MURDERED a man. Tyler intentionally drank and drove he intentionally was speeding he intentionally passed his friends by crossing into oncoming traffic in a no passing zone, school zone he intentionally lied to the police he intentionally did not follow orders from his command about his drinking 4 weeks before he MURDERED GEORGE If you need more when tyler was bailed out he was ordered not to drink and to stay on base he went off base to drink DO THE MATH THAT IS A CRIMINAL. You ERIC call this a nonviolent crimes have you read the police reports have you seen my HUSBANDS car or what is left of it and the photos of MY George at the scene Have you read the autopsy have you seen the photos of GEORGE’s autopsy. I have and can tell you my GEORGE’S DEATH WAS VERY VIOLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At the hands of tyler. Eric you said “To the women who commented early supporting MADD with two previous DUI's who are you to even be on here commenting you should be busy personally apologizing to the Smith family for being partially responsible” How the Hell is Alicia the same as or partially responsible for anything tyler did she did not lie to the police she did not lie in court she PLEAD GUILTY!!!! She went to the MADD panels she understands what she did and thank GOD she did not kill anyone and for you INFORMATION SHE HAS TALK TO ME and personally apologizing I have only love and respect for her taking responsible for herself with NO EXCUSES! Eric you said you live next to a huge college campus and see hundreds of college students every week returning home wasted. you can’t convince them to not do it because time and time again they get away with it. !!!!!!! YET YOU ARE STILL MAKING EXCUSES FOR TYLER STOP THE EXCUSES !!!!!!!!

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  • Christine in FFDecember 08, 2012 - 9:37 am

    Mrs. Smith~ I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. I pray that you and your family can find peace one day. The courts did what was right and now you can try and start your healing process. You will not find any peace on this site. Continuing to read all the comments will just cause hatred and bitterness. I would turn away from these comments and never look back!

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  • ChristyDecember 07, 2012 - 9:04 pm

    Eric My name is Christy I'm George Smith Daughter and I must ask you has this happen to you did some one Murder your dad you know kill him. or you son because my Nana aka George Smith mother is still alive at the age of 92 years olds. As for my mother and my family we know my dad willn't walk throw the door and be there we will NEVER get to huge him see him talk to our dad but Tyler can still talk to his family and friends and is still Alive right yes my dad was on his way home from work Tyler was PARTYING he made the choice to Drink he made the choice to to drive so He Murder my dad. I teach my kids they are responsible for there own action and for the choice that they make. If Tyler was such a good person they Why that night was he sitting on the curb laughing when the police got there I don't thing this is funny at all Tyler Scott is in the wrong He didn't say he sorry didn't get up in the court room and talk at all Who are you to judge my Mother she didn't Kill anyone or Drink and Drive My Mom and Dad Don't Drink Alcohol she didn't hurt anyone. So Don't Put My Mother Down. And Eric what Tyler did it all on tape Fairfield High School has camera my family was in the court room from day 1 we has tyler friends follow us girl to the bathroom at the court house and Laugh in my sister kendra face but as George Daughter we stood there and held our head up and listen to people talk about us point there fingers at us. We seen the pictures of the crime scene of what tyler did bye Drinking and Driven well speeding down the road crossing over into the lane my dad was in Murder him Yes Murdering him bye his Choice to Drink and Drive.

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  • JenniferDecember 07, 2012 - 11:11 pm

    First of all, Christy you should probably check your grammar. Second of all no one wakes up in the morning and willingly decides to kill another human being. Tyler made a mistake, one that may never be forgiven but one that he will learn from, the victims family can learn from and above all the guilt he has to live with is beyond anything we can imagine. Tyler Scott did not wake up that day and think he would kill a child's father or grandfather, he unfortunately made a mistake that cost him another persons life as well as his own. To me, the time he has served and the eternal feeling of remorse will forever haunt his life. I believe that ten years is beyond extensive for the crime he has been convicted of. I understand that he took someone's life but it would be more beneficial to our society and our children for Tyler to share his story with our youth and educate people on the severity of the issue. I am not saying Tyler should not have to face the consequences of his actions, I'm saying that he should at least be given the opportunity to make up for his actions in much more powerful ways than if he were to be locked In a cell for the next ten years of his life.

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  • M.SilvaDecember 08, 2012 - 7:54 am

    Jennifer, first off, who appointed you the grammar police for the world. You have no knowledge of my nieces abilities or what device she was using to post to the website. Having said that, I support her defense of her mother against the attack by Eric in his first response to this article. He was wrong. The Smith family did not ruin 2 lives, they did not put Tyler Scott in prison, Mr. Scott managed to do all of that without any of our help. It is your opinion that 10 years is excessive but you weren't the Judge sitting on the case. To be perfectly frank I was and will be the first to say that I was probably the most surprised person in that courtroom when the sentence was announced. Not because I don't think it's deserved but because I didn't hold any faith that we would see justice served to the fullest extent allowed by the State of California. We can all debate Tyler Scott mental state, his guilt level, his remorse for his actions til the break of day and it will not change two things. First of all Tyler made a choice that fateful night that forevermore has changed a family for generations, not just one person, but GENERATIONS here...he will have the next several years of restricted movement and lack of choices, but being familiar with the system I know he'll have the opportuntiy to call friends and family, receive mail, purchase small items at the prison canteen/store for his personal pleasure/use. Read a book, watch a program and yes I pray reflect on his actions and the reason he is where he is. I can't say that it would have made a difference to the Judge but Tyler had already plead guilty when he was sitting awaiting sentencing and had the final opportunity to express his appologies to the family for their loss and chose not to. Yes he requested the meeting with Mrs. Smith, the the daughters and nieces and nephews and extended family that were in the courtroom might have appreciated that small gesture and he didn't even do that so I have to hold his meeting with Mrs. Smith in suspect as an attempt to lighten his sentence. I know his attorney sent a two page letter asking for her to ask the judge for probation for Mr. Scott, I can assure you that did not happen. None of our family believe the man who went out and drank again mere months after killing George really accepted the gravity of what he had done. Perhaps sitting and reflecting during what should be his prime young adult years might change that. Even if it does not, it at least keeps one more drunk off the roads at least for the next few years.

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  • PMSDecember 08, 2012 - 10:16 am

    Jennifer what can the victims family learn from what tyler did.

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  • PMSDecember 08, 2012 - 6:57 pm

    mmmmmmmmmmmm ok

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  • PMSDecember 08, 2012 - 7:10 pm

    ERIC still nothing to say to me or are you on your way to TITUSVILLE,FL. what tyler did is all over the papers here I think it need to be in his home town paper..

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  • EricDecember 09, 2012 - 3:04 am

    Margaret I don't have time to continuously write back and forth on here.. I am sorry for your loss truley... Like I had said before it is a horrible thing that happened.. I disagree with you about Alicia she did the same thing tyler did and got caught twice. Whether or not she killed someone doesn't make a difference. You can't argue with that. Whether she's a better person now is not an excuse and doesn't cover up the crime committed. And saying she is partially responsible because she is part of the problem people especially youth are easily influenced by others actions who knows who alicia is a role model to.The point I was making about the college students is that youth are irresponsible and do stupid things they live with the "invincible" mentality. The it's not going to happen to me. No one is making excuses for tyler he did it, plead guilty to it. Just as you say Alicia turned her life around matured a bit. When tyler finally is released from prison which he will be released. Would you like he to be a productive member of society? Because prison does not make people productive. Unfortunately the majority of people released from prison return to prison because that is the only thing they know. Ten years changes a person and prison doesn't make positive changes. The whole purpose of my comments is yes punish him take his freedoms away for the time he was sentenced but put him on house arrest force countless hours of community service and put him in county jail on weekends. He learns responsibilities he's forced to maintain a job and pay his own way not be a burden on the tax payer but most importantly it gives him the ability to change his life around. Just as Alicia did.And if your eluding that I am Tyler's parents I'm definitely not. I used to be in the Air Force. my last name is not important u have never seen me and never will. I don't live there anymore and don't ever plan on visiting

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  • A mother myselfDecember 08, 2012 - 5:50 am

    I am a mother of two children in there 20's. Both of whom know this young man. It saddens me to see people who were once his friends comment on here. Yes, he commited a HORRIBLE crime, YES he took a life. I tell my children "you will find out who your real friends are, not now not next year, when your my age look back and see who is still there" Real friends are there for you when you are up or down. It does no good to sit on this site and put him down saying you know him. If it makes you feel better by putting a person down shame on you. Being a positive influence really makes you feel better about yourself. If your his friend write him a letter in prison telling him your his friend and how you want him to help himself. Real friends will accept critisim, constructive!! AGAIN, Yes what he did is horrible. There was another accident earlier this same year, killing a young man, a passenger in a car on cement hill rd. They had been out partying all night. As he OFTEN did. His life was taken, his family heartbroken. I myself knew this young man. I tried along with many others to reach out to this young man. He chose to hang out with all the "gang bangers" in the area. I took him in when his own family was torn due to his decissions and bad attitude. Hearing of his death did not surprise me. Yes it sadden me. The driver was facing prison time. Yet the driver is shot before the hearing. Retaliation for their friends death OH YES IT WAS! If your a real friend, dont sit here and put tyler down. Reach out and make a difference. You will feel better knowing you did.

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  • ChristyDecember 11, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    Thank You to A Mother Here Self for your comment. I Christy one of many of George kids Don't feel it right for people to put My Mother and family down for Tyler Choices He did that on his own. And for Tyler so call friends it saden me how no one could help him that night but in stand hand him the keys back and say ok. A real friend would of took the key and not give them back and said I will drive buddy. And now Tyler is getting the help he need for his problems. I hope and pray that Tyler can one day really understand what he did to My family and his family.

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By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 5 Comments

California man guilty in wife’s stabbing death

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
US tech firm fined for underpaying Indian workers

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Suspect in girl’s 1984 killing was police employee

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
PTSD argued in case of Marine jailed in Mexico

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 7 Comments | Gallery

Paintings in national parks spark probe, furor

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
For teen with passport, Syria trip can be seamless

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Border deaths drop to 15-year low

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7, 2 Comments

 
Prisoner in Afghanistan to be tried in US

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

US, SKorea agree to delay wartime control transfer

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
US officials: Iraqi army regrouping slowly

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7, 1 Comment

Gary killings put spotlight on abandoned buildings

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Lawmakers seek to end benefits to former Nazis

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7, 1 Comment

NK experts: US must apologize to free detainees

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Ebola: A crash course in fear and how it hurts us

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10, 4 Comments

Cremation fears leave empty Ebola beds in Liberia

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
Ex-Mountie hero of shooting at Canada’s Parliament

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Canada gunman wanted a passport to go to Mideast

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
NYC mayor: Don’t be alarmed by doctor’s Ebola

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

NY doctor back from Guinea has Ebola, 1st in city

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12, 1 Comment

 
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Opinion

 
Planning Commission not listening to the people

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 13 Comments

Not sure I trust government on Ebola

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 9 Comments

 
Is America prepared for Ebola or is threat overhyped?

By Ben Boychuk and Joel Mathis | From Page: A11

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Living

Community Calendar: Oct. 24, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: Oct. 24, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Horoscopes: Oct. 24, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

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Entertainment

Week in preview Oct. 24-30, 2014

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

 
Review: ‘John Wick’ delivers non-stop action

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Entertainment calendar Oct. 24, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: B4

 
Burns’ series gives PBS a ratings milestone

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

Q&A: Mick Jagger, the film producer, heads to work

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6, 1 Comment

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

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Sports

 
At 1-all, World Series moves to quirky Giants park

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Giants’ Hudson to face Royals’ Guthrie in Game 3

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
College notebook: Cordes chosen to try out for USA national team

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B7 | Gallery

Homecoming still on but no game for VCS

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B8

 
Compton among PGA leaders at Sea Island

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Steve Nash ruled out for season with back injury

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Judge questions $75M NCAA concussion settlement

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Arizona men near-unanimous pick by media to win Pac-12

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Raiders may lose Woodley to biceps injury

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

No. 6 Oregon looks to extend streak against Cal

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
The Write Way: KC coach’s lineup cards are artful

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

Prep football capsules: Week 8

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B9

 
Manning, Sanders lead Broncos past Chargers, 35-21

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9 | Gallery

Sports on TV/Local sports for Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B10

 
This date in sports history for Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

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Business

Honda Fit becomes even more intriguing small car

By Ann M. Job | From Page: C1 | Gallery

 
Letting your car find a spot and park itself

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2, 1 Comment | Gallery

Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11 | Gallery

 
Cloud business lifts Microsoft’s quarterly results

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

A blue Christmas for Amazon?

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

 
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Obituaries

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Comics

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9