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<div class="quote-block"><b>Jury sentences Mallard to 60 years in prison</b><br><br>
06/27/2003<br><br><br><br>
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FORT WORTH, Texas A jury sentenced Chante Mallard to 60 years in prison Friday for leaving an accident victim to die a slow death while lodged in the broken windshield of her car.<br><br><br><br>
Mallard, 27, faced from five years probation to life in prison for murdering Gregory Biggs.<br><br><br><br>
It took jurors about 2 1/2 hours to sentence Mallard. She received 50 years for murder and 10 years for tampering with evidence by burning the bloody car seat. She pleaded guilty to the tampering charge before her trial began Monday.<br><br><br><br>
"There's no winners in a case like this. Just as we all lost Greg, you all will be losing your daughter," Biggs' son, Brandon, said in the courtroom during a victim's impact statement after the sentencing was read. The statements allow the victim's family to address the defendant directly.<br><br><br><br>
Thursday, it took jurors less than an hour to convict Mallard, who after a night of drinking and using drugs struck Biggs, 37, with her car about 3 a.m. on Oct. 26, 2001. She drove home with the man crumpled in the windshield and left him in her garage to die.<br><br><br><br>
Medical experts testified that Biggs was alive for one or two hours after being hit and probably would have survived had he received medical treatment.<br><br><br><br>
Mallard tearfully told the jury Thursday that she was sorry, adding that she didn't call for help because she was scared and didn't know what to do. But prosecutor Richard Alpert said Friday that the case "is all about selfishness."<br><br><br><br>
"Some people lack the moral fiber to do the right thing," he said. "A man is laying in her car moaning and bleeding and she needs someone to tell her what to do? Any decent person would call for help."<br><br><br><br>
Defense attorney Jeff Kearney told jurors that Mallard would not have left the man to die if she hadn't been under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and Ecstasy.<br><br><br><br>
While Kearney pleaded for leniency, Alpert said Mallard deserved to spend the rest of her life behind bars.<br><br><br><br>
"If your sentence gives her a chance to see the light of day again she will have gotten away with (murder)," the prosecutor said.<br><br><br><br>
Brandon Biggs testified earlier in the week that his father took medication for bipolar disorder and mild schizophrenia. He said Biggs had been homeless for a couple of years after loaning a girlfriend money and then losing his truck and home.<br><br><br><br>
Biggs' battered body was found in a park the day after he was hit. Authorities had no leads in the death until four months later, when one of Mallard's acquaintances called police and said she had talked about the accident at a party.<br><br><br><br>
Officers went to Mallard's house and found the bloodstained, dented car. They also found the passenger seat burned in the back yard.<br><br><br><br>
A friend of Mallard's and his cousin pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence by dumping the body. Clete Jackson and Herbert Cleveland received prison sentences of 10 years and nine years, respectively.</div>
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Zaa? It's ingrained into our minds since we're first able to speak: in case of emergency, call 911! Go get help! Jeez! How do you not remember the right thing to do? And how could you ever ever do that? Gah! That's unbelievable.
 

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Her lawyer said she was stoned and drunk at the time. *sigh* I'm adding this to my list of reasons never to drink or do drugs.<br><br><br><br>
I found out recently that my family has a history of alcoholism, but my parents had never talked about it, so I didn't know.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by skylark</i><br><br><b>Her lawyer said she was stoned and drunk at the time. *sigh* I'm adding this to my list of reasons never to drink or do drugs.<br><br></b></div>
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Hey, I get hammered often, and I have yet to drive home with someone impaled in my windshield.
 

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I know, Tame, but what are the chances that a nonstoned, nondrunk person would have done what she did?
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by skylark</i><br><br><b>I know, Tame, but what are the chances that a nonstoned, nondrunk person would have done what she did?</b></div>
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Dunno. Some people are just ****ed in the head. The guys who helped dispose of the body were sober.<br><br><br><br>
Keep in mind, most really twisted crimes are commiteed by people not on controlled substances.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Tame</i><br><br><b>Keep in mind, most really twisted crimes are commiteed by people not on controlled substances.</b></div>
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and thank god those people don't use these substances too, i can only imagine how much worse it'd be.<br><br><br><br>
i'm with you, skylark.
 

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In my opinion... she pretty much received what she deserved...<br><br><br><br>
I do not think being drunk or high should ever factor into evidence or as a reason for justification. If a person willingly consumes alcohol or drugs, it does not make her (or anyone else) exempt from responsibility.<br><br><br><br>
I remember reading about a time where the entire defense in such a case could be bascially "s/he was under the influence and therefore not of sound mind to understand their actions, and thus, cannot be held responsible." Bull****. Everyone is responsible for their own actions.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by stonecrest</i><br><br><b>and thank god those people don't use these substances too, i can only imagine how much worse it'd be.<br><br><br><br>
i'm with you, skylark.</b></div>
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Uh, hard to get more twisted than Gacy burying the bodies of teen agers under his house, or Ted Bundy whacking coeds in a sorority house.<br><br><br><br>
C'mon. You can't blame the liquor or X for this. This woman is messed up. End of discussion.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Tame</i><br><br><b>C'mon. You can't blame the liquor or X for this. This woman is messed up. End of discussion.</b></div>
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i'm not blaming it in this case but by the same token, you surely can't deny that alcohol and drugs have helped cause a good deal of harm to society.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by stonecrest</i><br><br>
you surely can't deny that alcohol and drugs have helped cause a good deal of harm to society.</div>
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I'm not so sure I fully agree with this. In our society, you grow up learning what is right and wrong (in terms of laws). If you willingly decide to consume something and then commit a crime... is it the substance that is at fault... or the person who willingly took the substance?<br><br><br><br>
I know LOTs of people who drink and do drugs, or to "support their habit". None of them go out and commit crimes. I think it's the person... not the substances that cause the problems and that blame / responsibility has been improperly placed on the substance instead of the person.
 

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In my youth, I have been so stoned that I couldn't decide if I remembered how to pee, wipe and put my underwear back on. None-the-less, I would never, EVER leave anyone to suffer in that manner.<br><br><br><br>
I don't believe that drugs have harmed society, I believe that the illegalization or drugs and the legal system and incarceration system has harmed society. I believe in true free choice. If someone wants to put stuff into their bodies, then they should have the right to do so.<br><br><br><br>
But thats just MHO.
 

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I remember seeing this on the news when the story first broke. Some people... I could go so many directions from there that I'll just leave it.
 

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This is just disgusting. I think the whole "drug" thing is an excuse. What'd she do, smoke a joint? There are some things that would bring you out of your high, I think a dying man lodged in your windshield would be one of them. There is just no excuse for her behavior, she just didn't want to get caught.
 

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yeah, i think the drugs were an *excuse*, too. for one thing, ecstasy makes you MORE empathetic, so you think she would have felt even worse about it than she would have sober. not to mention, i believe she burned the seat and had the body thrown out the next day or so, so she was sober then anyway.<br><br><br><br>
i think she may not have hit the man if she hadn't been f*cked up, however, there is no justification for her actions after that. i've been stoned and on x at the same time before <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> (only in my home, though, i wasn't out driving - that's idiotic) and i always knew what the hell was going on. you don't lose your sense of right and wrong. she's just a bad person, in my opinion.
 

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actually, i heard some of her testimony on the radio earlier this week. the prosecutor was grilling her and she was bawling. he was saying "why didn't you call 911?? you called your FRIENDS but you didn't call for help?" she was like "i was scared, i didn't know what to do." he says "why didn't you call your mother? what do you think she would have told you to do?" she starts crying again and says "she would have been ashamed of me, i didn't want her to know." he says "well, you had your wits about you enough to know all this and think all this to yourself and to call your friends ! how can you say the drugs made you do it - that they made you 'confused' and you couldn't think and that's why you didn't call the police?!"<br><br><br><br>
!!! she was just being selfish! she was thinking she could hide it, which is why she didn't care if the man died.
 

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ok, let me clarify a bit. i am completely for the legalization of <i>all</i> drugs - if people want to go and mess with something like heroin, who am i to stop them? and yes, people are ultimately responsible for their actions, robert. certainly there are people who can take these substances and not cause harm to others. but there are probably just as many people who don't handle these substances well and become harmful to society when they lose their inhibitions.<br><br><br><br>
also robert, it becomes a difficult situation to dole out responsibility if we start looking at people addicted to their substances who cause harm. are they at fault for starting their addiction or does their addiction account for much of the blame? i personally lean towards the former but it's not an easy decision.
 
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