How sad it is to read of the 10-year sentence of Josh Hunter, a former coach at Braden River High School, and the loss of his best friend and former coach, Doug Garrity.
How this changed the lives of so many, including many of the students at Braden River High School, and the shattering affects of drinking and driving, continue to be with us five years later.
I never knew Coach Hunter or Coach Garrity personally, but I know the affects this continuing story have changed the lives of many families of Braden River High School.
Though I do not condone drinking and driving, and DUI manslaughter has its place in society, I too agree that Josh Hunter should serve as an example to our youth.
He has served his term, he lost his family, his career as a teacher and coach, and made a mistake that too many have made: drinking and driving.
Coach Hunter wasn't a teenager; he was an adult who made a bad decision, and I assure you, not the only driver who ever got behind a wheel after drinking alcohol. Many drivers continue to visit the parties, the pubs, and the like only to make it home, while others has suffered the loss of a loved one from alcohol.
I hope the Florida Board of Clemency will allow the lesson to be learned in this case, and allow Josh Hunter to focus on a new challenge, starting his life again.
Perhaps speaking to our youth and our communities will make an even bigger impact than ever before, because he not only lost his life as he knew it, but his friend's as well.
Lessons are often best learned from the beholder, not just the believer.