John Minaberry, Lennie Dunn "where is the Justice?"

Last March (2007) Fayette County became aware of a car accident that took the lives of John Minaberry and friend
of many Lennie "the locksmith" Dunn.

Since that time, we have learned the following about Mrs. Painter:

l. At the time of the accident, she was on probation for public drunkenness and assaulting a waitress at Loco’s restaurant in Sept. 2006.

2. At the time of the accident, she was found to have 3 different
anti-depressants and a stomach relaxer in her blood.

3. After she was charged with 2 counts of vehicular homicide and failure
to yield when turning left, she was arrested for DUI and her husband was
ticketed for an open container violation.

4. She served 60 days in jail for the DUI and when released from jail to
home-arrest, she chose to ignore the conditions of that home arrest and
appeared at the workplace (Publix) of Lennie's step-daughter on several
occasions - forcing the manager of the store to make a complaint to the
court. She was sentenced to 10 days in jail for failure to comply with
home arrest.

Now we come to the vehicular homicide and failure to yield court case.
The Solicitor General, representing the people of Fayette County, has made
his sentencing recommendation to the court that would allow Mrs. Painter
to plea "no-contest" to all charges and receive 24 months of probation,
along with fines and a few other restrictions.

Knowing that past behavior is usually the best indicator of future
behavior, how can those elected to protect and keep safe the people of Fayette County could recommend probation and no jail time for the taking of two lives?

If any of you think this is an in- justice please come to the Fayette Justice Center on Jimmy Mayfield Drive on Tuesday, February 5th at 2:15
p.m. If you are unable to appear at the courthouse that day, please feel free to put your thoughts on paper and send them to or send them to Judge Fletcher Sams at the Superior, State & Magistrate Courts -One Center Drive or P.O.Box 130 - Fayetteville, GA 30214.
Phone: 770.716.4290 - Fax:770.716.4868
These two families thank-you!

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Submitted by THE MAN on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 11:44pm.

Now that someone has explained to me that this is a misdemeanor. Wouldn’t she just have gotten a ticket for “failure to yield” if no one had died in the accident? If so, what kind of law is that, that if you are in an accident and someone dies you go from just getting a ticket and a fine for the accident to looking at jail. Can you be charged with this if you caused the accident and the person in your car is the one that died?

Submitted by livingonptctime on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 7:37pm.

I thought from reading above she was charged with –failure to yield when turning left and that the accident caused the death of two people. Where does it say that she was dui when she was involved in the accident?

Submitted by smoothassilk on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 7:50pm.

It doesn't, the letter states that she was on 3 different anti-depressants with a combination of a stomach relaxer. I don't know of any person who is needing to be on 3 different anti-depressants and maybe that needs to be questioned with some of our Doctor's who blog why all those would be prescribed at one time and being allowed to drive.
Mrs. Painter was arrested for DUI after this fatal wreck.

The maximum is 3 years, I hope she gets it and takes the time to reflect! Sometimes hard measures need to be taken to save that person from themselves (and Fayette County) and their families. It's called Justice and Hard LOVE!

Submitted by sageadvice on Thu, 01/31/2008 - 7:23am.

Is there a difference in sending this woman to jail for three years due to supposed DUI, and the numerous drunks who drive home from bars on week-end nights, and other times? And from the Amphitheater.
Might it not prevent more accidents if all of those impaired people were arrested BEFORE they harm someone?
I realize that is "interfering" in business, but if so---then so be it!
Don't you see that as serious hypocrisy?

Ms. Spears was taken to hospital again last night for impairment and out of control!
If that happened here, or in Atlanta, wouldn't we get some jail time
by now instead of a few hours hospital stay to sober up?
Want to wait until she causes a death?
Or, as Denise might say, the men involved are at fault when women go nuts! Remember the lady who drowned all four of her kids, one at a time? She hardly saw prison bars. And the woman who shot her preacher husband in the back instead of leaving him? Makes no sense!

Submitted by THE MAN on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 8:23pm.

If your information is she was on drugs shouldn’t the police have charged her with felonies? I totally agree that if she was drunk when the accident happened or on drugs she should go down. But, if it was an accident I agree with "Nitpickers1."

Submitted by smoothassilk on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 9:25pm.

She was on prescription drugs apparently not street drugs. She wasn't drunk at the time of this accident. After the accident she was charged with DUI and served 60 days in jail and her husband was charged with an open container. The bottom line is she needs to be stopped before she does more harm to any more people. Two died from this accident! AND she continues to get into major trouble with the law. She needs jail time to reflect and take charge of her own life and not continue to proceed down this terrible path before she does more harm.

Submitted by sageadvice on Thu, 01/31/2008 - 8:16am.

What has she "continued to get into major trouble with the law" about?
Ok with me if you arrest all the drunks leaving bars and clubs and diners!

Submitted by livingonptctime on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 11:19pm.

I don’t know about you but I have been in an accident before. I was terrified, not only by the accident but the possibility that someone could have gotten hurt. So in your theory if I had a dui on my record I should go to jail for 3 years for a separate accident. I am all for punishing someone, but for someone like me who has been on both ends of automobile accidents I can’t say jail is the answer. They should take her right to drive away forever if safety is a concern. You said in your letter she is a mother of 3, and she received 60 days in jail for the dui. How much more will make her reflect? You said she has been in “major trouble with the law” what has she done since getting out of jail for the dui? Does she have any felonies on her record? Has she caused a lot of accidents? These are questions I would want to know before I would agree that more jail will do the trick?

Submitted by twinnumber2 on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 10:26pm.

ok yes i agree with you guys...but i am also concerned that she kept violating her house arrest and kept coming into my place of buisness makeing me help her as i work at customer service...she has no remorse for her actions for how it affects the families...

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 10:34pm.

That is awful. This person is the lowest of low. Even though it is Mardi Gras and primary day, I may have to make time for this.

If we show up at the courthouse do we get time to complain about the weak sentence?

Submitted by twinnumber2 on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 1:27pm.

ok i will say how very dissappointed i was sitting down yesterday and having to hear from the court system that she was getting off with so little in punishment...i have a heart and do not wish her to be locked up for the rest of her life but with that being said i do think that the punishment should fit the crime...after her constantly breaking the law and going against the court system after she was put on house arrest i believe that it should have been taken into consideration...please anyone who does not agree with the recomended terms of her plea, i beg of you to let your voice be heard...i will be in my victims impact statement but u can also let your opinions known...thank you

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Submitted by Main Stream on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 1:48pm.

There is power in our words, whether written or spoken, and we share our thoughts with each other everyday on this blog - it's a terrific outlet for everyone. Time to use that power and help some folks.

These families have lost two loved ones, because of a drunk driver in our community, and most of us know the story - it's tragic. The families are really asking for our help, to stand up, voice our opinions to the Judge, to the Courts, to anyone who will listen.

If you have some time to write a letter, an email, send a fax, make a phone call, or show up at the courthouse on that particular day, please do so. It could have been our loved one who was killed by that drunk driver.

(okay, now back to butting heads Smiling)

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Submitted by Paul Perkins on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 8:52pm.

In addition to the folks mentioned above, the lady who owns the laundromat in Peachtree City suffered the loss of her 17 year son last week in an auto accident.

Stopping in with a word of encouragement would mean a lot to Barry and Kathy.

This is the way to blog!

Submitted by sageadvice on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 4:34pm.

I regret the accident, drinking or not.

But, why does it help the survivors to add to the punishment accorded by the courts?

You can't make alcohol available on every corner and have millions of bars, and then say---we didn't know people had to drive to get it!

Submitted by smoothassilk on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 9:33pm.

Every driver has a responsibility to themselves and others when they get behind the wheel of a car. Whether they drink, take drugs, smoke weed or have had seizures they are ultimitely responsible. This woman mis-judged perhaps because of these 3 anti-depressants she was taking. I don't know as fact but wonder, and I might add, this was an area that is known to be a sticky wicked. Two men died. She has had continued problems with not abiding by the law. She has had no remorse and only 24 years old. Sad but she needs to be stopped! NOW!

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Submitted by Main Stream on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 5:24pm.

You would have to ask the survivor's that difficult question, however, I don't believe it is right, or safe, for the woman to be back on the streets, driving in our community, endangering other innocent lives. If that was one of my family members who was killed by that drunken woman, I would be asking for justice also.

(BTW - I do enjoy reading some of your posts. They're engaging and often times hilarious, even if they do irritate folks.)


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Submitted by smartpanz on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 9:56am.

To say I am disappointed is an understatement, our families pain is overwhelming...I only pray that Judge Sams vision is much clearer than that of our county prosecutor.

Barbie Dunn

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