A Channelview mother says DWI laws need to be tougher. Just this week, she learned the woman who was charged with killing her son will not spend 6 years in prison instead she was given "shock probation".
Shock probation is sort of like a scare tactic. The person spends some time in jail to "scare them straight" and then carry out the rest of their sentence through probation. Patricia Schober feels more needs to be done.
"Holidays of course are really really hard," said Schober.
The holidays have never been the same for Patricia Schober. Even so, she puts out her Christmas tree every year.
"This is a handmade ornament he made in second grade," said Schober pointing to the ornament on the tree.
Her only son's ornament is her priced possesion.
"If this house caught on fire that's the one thing I would grab," said Schober.
Schober purchased one last gift for her son this Christmas.
"About a month ago I bought his headstone," said Schober.
It was a purchase she wishes she never made.
It was Mother's day 2007, twenty eight year old Jacob Schober was riding his motorcycle home after hanging out with friends. Leslie Parish, thirty eight years old at the time, struck Schober at the 23000 block of Spencer Highway.
"He died completely from the impact," said Schober.
Jacob left two young boys and he was engaged to be married to his best friend.
"There's this big hole in the center of my chest and that's what it always feels like," said Schober.
Court documents show, Parish's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. She was charged with intoxication manslaughter.
"Every time she went to court I went to court because (I wanted her to) look at my face and know Jason was a human being," said Schober.
Just this week, state district judge Randy Roll gave Parish shock probation. Parish will only spend six months in jail and then serve 10 years probation.
Schober wants tougher DWI laws.
"We've had hearings to discuss how to make them more uniform," said Senator John Whitmire, who is hoping to change the way Texas cracks down on repeat offenders. He's calling for treatment programs and unified DWI state laws.
"She's very fortunate a judge will give her a second chance," said Whitmire about Parish's sentence.
Schober, hasn't been able to move on.
"I hope that some day I can feel forgiveness for her but i don't yet," said Schober who hopes Parrish learns her lesson.
It's the first time in two years that Judge Roll grants that type of punishment. Parish was charged for DWI back in '93. Judge Roll could not be reached for comment.
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