DUI Sentence

Judge ignores mercy pleas, sentences woman to ten years

Despite pleas for mercy by both the defendant and the families of her victims, a Cincinnati judge sentenced a young mother to ten years in prison for killing two people in a drunken driving accident.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Norbert Nadel told a stunned Jennifer Weir that she had made a horrible mistake by driving drunk and justice must be done. Weir killed James and Virginia Bishop last August seventh when her SUV went left of center on a Cincinnati street and hit a motorcycle carrying the Bishops. She was convicted in February of two charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and a charge of child endangering. Nadel ignored a ruling by the Ohio District Court of Appeals that judges cannot impose maximum prison terms if the person has never been to prison before. He allowed Weir to remain free on bond until the Ohio Supreme Court reviews Ohio's sentencing guidelines. Under those guidelines, the maximum time Weir could serve in prison is two years on each charge.