Sentence For Nail-Painting Driver To Stand

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) – A Lake County judge has refused to modify the sentence of a woman from Morris who struck and killed a motorcyclist while she was painting her nails at the wheel of her car.

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Circuit Court Judge Fred Foreman said Tuesday that 50-year-old Lora Hunt can leave jail for two hours every Sunday to attend a church across the street. He rejected requests that she be allowed to attend churches further from the jail, and one to allow her 12 free hours a week.

Hunt is serving an 18 months of periodic imprisonment for the 2009 crash that killed Anita Zaffke of Lake Zurich.

Hunt has to stay in jail when she is not at or commuting to and from her job, receiving mental health treatment or performing public service.

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  • elginman

    The more that is printed about this case and other related issues, it makes one wonder what became of the criminal justice system in this country. I remember hearing an analogy that “the law and justice are distant relatives, and on many occasions do not address each other.” Just another example of badly this country has fallen. Did the woman who received the “jail sentence” also receive coupons for a free “Big Mac” while she sits in church?

  • Frank

    She should be happy with the slap on the wrist she received, she shoould have been given 15 years at least for causing a loss of life.

  • jim

    It’s Judges like the one who sentenced her make a mockery of our judicial system. A real shame a sentance of 18 months for killing someone while you are in your vehicle doing something like this.

  • Carol

    This is a tragic story for the victim and convicted. The fact remains there a 1000s of drivers everyday that fuss too much with the radio, reach to retrieve fallen items on the car mat, glance too long at themselves in the rear view mirror, dig in purses and pockets for change before reaching the toll booth, read billboards, drive too tired and even drive after a couple of beers in the past hour (yes, that puts you over 0.08). We are a population of distracted drivers and should remember ‘By the grace of God go I.’

  • righttrack

    We can always hope that someone runs her over on a Sunday morning while she’s walking between jail and church !!!

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