Judge Orders Three Life Sentences

A man who drove drunk and caused a crash that killed a pregnant woman and an 8-year-old boy learned his fate on Monday.

Tammy Haas says her family's life will never be the same.

“We all miss her, think about her everyday. The kids cry for their mom,” says Haas of her daughter, who was killed on July 10th, 2007.

Cindy Haas, who was 7 months pregnant at the time, and 8-year-old Gus Pontigus, were killed in a crash last year caused by Raymond Garner.

Four others were seriously hurt in the I-75 crash near the Kentucky/Tennessee line.

A jury convicted Garner of murder, fetal homicide and assault. Garner was drunk at the time.

At the final sentencing Monday, Cindy's mother pleaded with the judge for the toughest penalty possible.

“I have kids that have nightmares every night, and I'm begging you, please, don't let him go,” Haas requested of Judge Paul Braden Monday in Whitley Circuit Court.

Garner was allowed to speak to the victim's family.

“And I would do anything if I could to make this all go away, bring everybody back,” Garner said, looking at the Haas family.

But the judge followed the jury's recommendation and gave Garner 3 life sentences and 20 years on the assault charges. But that wasn't enough for Tammy Haas.

“I wish it was longer,” said Haas.

Cindy Haas left behind 3 children. Her baby, Nathan, was to be born on October 5th of last year.

The July 2007 crash wasn't Garner's first brush with the law. Judge Paul Braden noted past Garner's driving and alcohol related charges, some dating back 6 years.

Now Garner is headed to prison, a place that he might not ever be released from.

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