CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) – The mother of a preschooler whose arm was severed in a wreck involving a drunken driver says the justice system is “a joke” after the defendant eluded jail time.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 35-year-old Calvin Cosby of unincorporated St. Louis County was sentenced Thursday to five years of probation.
Cosby pleaded guilty in October of four counts of second-degree assault.
Authorities say Cosby’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice Missouri’s legal threshold in November 2014 when his car entered an oncoming car’s path.
The injured included Cristal Waller and her two sons, including a 4-year-old whose left arm was severed at the shoulder and later reattached.
Waller says the sentence suggests “it’s okay to drink and drive, that you’re going to get a slap on the hand.”
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com