Steve Lacey

The drunk driver who killed popular Google engineer Steve Lacey in a horrific accident on I-405 last July was sentenced Friday to four years in prison. Patrick Rexroat, 56, received the maximum sentence under the law.

But MyNorthwest.com reports that the sentence comes as Gov. Chris Gregoire prepares to double the penalty for vehicular homicide in Washington state. The death of Lacey played a role in the legislature agreeing to increase the penalty to eight years, and Gregoire is expected to sign the legislation into law.

“I would gladly take the man’s place if possible and I’m very ashamed and very sorry,” Rexroat told the court, according to a KING 5 report. Friends of Lacey and his wife, Nabila, also spoke during the sentencing.

“Mr. Rexroat you are a killer. Your sentence should reflect that,” said Neal Karlinsky, a friend of Lacey’s. Added Nabila Lacey: “Steve was not meant to die alone and in a car, without us to hold his hand and console him. He deserved love, remorse and compassion.”

Rexroat’s blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the crash. Just prior to the crash, Rexroat had been involved in a road rage incident involving another driver.

Lacey, who received his master’s in software engineering in his native U.K., moved to Redmond in 1997 from London, two years after the 3D graphics startup where he worked was acquired by Microsoft. He later started his own company, SwitchGear Software, before going on to work at Google. He was 43 at the time of his death, and is survived by his wife and two kids, ages five and seven.

[MyNorthwest.com and KING 5 are GeekWire media partners]

Comments

  • http://www.christopherbudd.com Christopher Budd

    I think the thing I dislike most about living here (and it’s pretty much the only thing I can think of) is that the DUI laws are such a joke. 

    Four years? After getting hammered to 3X the legal limit, choosing to drive, killing someone, then posturing and pounding his chest yelling  in some kind of bizarre victory dance? Even if they doubled the penalty it would still be a joke.This monster should either get the death penalty or never be let out of jail.

    Watch, in about 5 years we’ll be hearing about him again after he’s killed someone else.

  • http://twitter.com/jclaussftw Jason Gerard Clauss

    Four puny-ass years for murder. Meanwhile a man was imprisoned in California for selling natural raw milk and he was tortured in confinement. http://www.naturalnews.com/035208_James_Stewart_torture_county_jail.html

    Government = shit.

  • Kathleen Duke

    Can someone please explain to me why were are so inexplicably lenient on DUI or any other form of reckless endangerment leading to death?  There was absolutely NOTHING accidental about this drunken creep getting behind the wheel of a car. Why should this carry a more lenient sentence than murder?

  • Kathleen Duke

    Can someone please explain to me why were are so inexplicably lenient on DUI or any other form of reckless endangerment leading to death?  There was absolutely NOTHING accidental about this drunken creep getting behind the wheel of a car. Why should this carry a more lenient sentence than murder?

    • Kewing

      The reason is abundantly clear:  ALL the legislators either have relatives who drink and drive and/or they drink and drive themselves. They don’t want to get slammed by their own strict laws. Period.

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