Drunk Driver Made to Wear Sign Saying He Killed a Man

Kyle 2012/04/22 21:05:00

A man from Houston who killed a man while driving drunk has
been ordered to wear a sign saying, “I killed Aaron Coy Pennywell while
driving drunk.”

Michael Giacona, 39, ran a red light and hit 20-year-old Pennywell last June.

Giacona spent 90 days in prison, but in addition to the prison
sentence, Harris County Court-at-Law Judge Michael R. Fields ordered
Giacona to wear the sign during four consecutive Saturdays from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. at the scene of the crime.

Giacona must also wear an alcohol monitoring device on his ankle, and
prominently display a framed photograph of Pennywell’s destroyed car in
his living room, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Saturday was the first day that Giacona had to stand on the corner of the crash site, wearing the sign.

“It’s sad to see him in disguise and a hat and sunglasses just
standing there with his family while we’re sitting here and don’t have
Aaron here,” said one of Pennywell’s friends, who was standing across
the street from the site Saturday.

“For killing one of my best friends I don’t think it’s like enough.
Going to jail only 90 days and then you come out here and carry a sign
for four consecutive Saturdays, it’s not enough for taking someone’s
life,” the friend added.

“Mr. Giacona, I have considered what the witnesses had to say,”
Fields said, according to an April 3 court transcript of the sentencing obtained by the Houston Chronicle.
“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,” Fields stated.

The accident occurred at at 1:37 a.m. on June 25, 2011. Pennywell was
thrown from his car. When paramedics arrived at the scene, Pennywell
was already dead, according to a statement released by the Harris County Sherriff’s Office.

“The defendant had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from
his breath. The defendant failed a sobriety test and was arrested for
Driving while Intoxicated,” the statement read.

ABC News Radio contributed to this report.

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  • Tamara McMillan 2012/04/23 03:33:02
    Tamara McMillan
    Wow. . . before reading this I had mixed feelings. I could only imagine how awful it must feel to have made such a horrible mistake while drunk and I personally would think ones own inner thoughts would punish them horribly for the rest of their lives. . . . but then I read this and it states it was not his first DUI. Hopefully it will be his last. I feel for any pain his or the victims family must go thru but not so much for him. If you are going to get drunk do it in someones home or do not drive anywhere. . . . ever.
  • disclaimer 2012/04/23 02:07:30
    Seems like punishment by wearing a sign has become popular as of late.
  • lynn.crago 2012/04/23 01:00:08
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/04/22 23:11:55
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    That's Texas for you. It doesn't sound as though he lost his license either.
  • boatnectar 2012/04/22 22:16:48
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2012/04/22 21:33:59
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    I have no sympathy for people who drink and drive!
  • tweet_tweet 2012/04/22 21:29:51 (edited)
    This should be done more often. Ninety days in prison is not enough.
  • Vision of Verve 2012/04/22 21:23:00
  • Pepper Vision ... 2012/04/22 21:31:26
    Because drinking, driving, and killing an innocent person is not normal. It sounds to me as if the driver, Giancona, carried out a very cruel punishment on the innocent victim, Pennywell.
  • ordman Vision ... 2012/04/22 21:55:38 (edited)
    Cruel and unusual punishment really? Why don't you ask Aaron Coy Pennywell what he thinks of the punishment, oh I'm sorry you can't he's dead!!!
    Wear a sign stating what he did and 90 days in jail. Yep the judge was really hard on him for taking another human life.
  • Max 2012/04/22 21:16:32
    He should have received more time for that crime. The punishment he received will not stop him from getting drunk again and killing someone else.
  • 666_Maggots~Mr. Arrogant Jew 2012/04/22 21:11:15
    666_Maggots~Mr. Arrogant Jew
    Unusual punishment, but eh, I'm all for it if it works.
  • Elyse 2012/04/22 21:10:07
    The fact that people are still drink driving proves that people don't learn a thing, so if the punishment works, so be it. I don't feel sorry fot him, at least he got to walk away from it alive.
  • ~Alyssa~ 2012/04/22 21:06:47

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