This Florida Man Faces 5 Years In Prison After Killing His Wife In A Bizarre Drunk Driving Accident
33-year-old Matthew Notebeart's blood alcohol level was nearly double the legal limit when he and his wife, Amanda, while having sex, drove off the wall of a canal, sailed 30 feet through the air, and hit the opposite bank, killing Amanda. Three years later, Notebeart has finally been sentenced to five years in prison. Is this enough? Too much? Talk to us about it here.
Three years ago, Matthew and Amanda Notebeart were out celebrating Valentine's Day and Melissa's first night out since giving birth to their second child, Stacey. The evening ended in tragedy when the two, both drunk and later found to have traces of marijuana in their systems, decided to have sex while Matthew was driving them home drunk. Matthew Notebeart drove their vehicle at a speed of 55 mile per hour off the edge of a canal, and their vehicle soared 30 feet through the air to crash into the opposite bank. Amanda, hitting her head, was killed instantly.
The Notebearts on their wedding day
Three years later, Matthew has finally been sentenced to five years in prison for vehicular homicide and one year in prison for DUI to be served concurrently. Some of his relatives have defended him, asking that he stay out of prison so that he can raise his 12-year-old son, Gage, and 3-year-old daughter, Stacey. However, Amanda's parents wanted Matthew to receive a life sentence.
You had a responsibility to get your wife home safely.
The judge in the Notebeart case, Laura Johnson, seems to agree with the Stacey family, but agreed to Matthew's five-year plea bargain.
This isn’t your first chance. You’ve been to jail before, you’ve been on probation. You failed your wife, you failed your children and you failed all your family that is here today.
But now, we would like to know what you think...