Michael Giacona, 39, was recently released from serving a 90 day prison term for the charges of killing someone while driving intoxicated. He is set to serve a two year probation sentence, where he will be monitored for alcohol consumption by wearing an ankle monitor.
The most justifying part of his sentence comes from the sign he is being forced to wear for four consecutive Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the scene where he ran a red light and killed 20-year-old Aaron Coy Pennywell. He will also have to keep a displayed framed picture of his victim in his home.
The sign he is being forced to wear states:
"I Killed Aaron Coy Pennywell While Driving Drunk"
Judge Michael R. Fields, who sentenced Giacona, gave these reasons for making Giacona wear the sign in public:
"Mr. Giacona, I have considered what the witnesses had to say. I have looked at the state's exhibits and, and quite frankly, I am concerned about you and this decision to place you on shock probation. You make me nervous, and the reason you make me nervous is I believe what the witnesses said about your behavior that evening: That you were, even after killing someone, still looking to get more alcohol. This is not your first DWI."
Aaron Pennywell's mother Kaye Pennywell has said that she has created a makeshift memorial where her son was killed, and she will be present at the tragic street for the four consecutive Saturdays to make sure Mr. Giacona follows through with his sentence.