Judge reserves ruling on no matter if to stop former SAO investigator’s probation

&#13 FORT MYERS &#13 The gentleman dependable for a DUI strike-and-run crash that killed a…


The gentleman dependable for a DUI strike-and-run crash that killed a father on Xmas Working day in 2013 wants a choose to conclude his sentence two decades early.

A choose heard Charles Lawson’s plea Monday early morning and eventually mentioned he requires a lot more time to come to a decision irrespective of whether Lawson has served his time.

The prosecutor on Monday referred to as Lawson’s unique sentence of a few a long time imprisonment and five decades probation “a gift.” Lawson served two and a 50 percent yrs in condition prison prior to he was released to probation.

Lawson was silent as he stood right before Judge Nicholas Thompson, but his presence in courtroom spoke volumes, sending the Sasen household a message they did not want to hear.

“Just go back to your home and go away my household to heal up which never will heal. But at minimum we never have to get the wounds cut open up like it is appropriate now,” explained Scott Sasen.

It was Scott’s dad Michael who was hit and killed in the early hrs of Xmas Working day in 2013. Lawson was powering the wheel and stored driving. He returned to the scene fewer than a 50 percent-hour later, but it was far too late for Michael.

“That harm my coronary heart and I watched it damage my nephew, going by means of courts, the courts, the courts,” said Dean Sasen, Michael’s brother.

With Lawson taking his situation back again to courtroom, hoping to end his probation now rather of in 2023, the relatives is dealing with unimaginable suffering all in excess of again.

“I truly feel like two a lot more many years of this probation should not be something when compared to that, and riling up the entire family with this, it is just triggering additional soreness,” Scott reported.

Lawson appeared in courtroom Monday with a large-profile character witness: William Cameron, the previous sheriff of Charlotte County.

“Charlie has carried out absolutely nothing but acquire accountability … you will need to consider into thing to consider his overall daily life,” Cameron stated.

The condition stated the sentence Lawson acquired – 3 many years in prison and 5 a long time of probation – was now generous.

“He was properly trained in initial help, he could have saved this person’s daily life,” the prosecutor said.

“I just wish that he’d man up and just do his time and go on his way,” Dean mentioned.

Thompson is not the very same judge who handed Lawson his initial sentence, so he promised to critique the circumstance file cautiously, then problem his ruling. He did not supply a timeline for that.

Lawson formerly sought a sentence reduction in 2016 but that was denied.