Sentence handed down by Painesville judge known for creative sentencing
(Painesville) -- A judge known for creative and unique sentences has handed down a sentence to a man convicted of OVI that may get him to think twice about drinking and driving again.
Painesvile Municipal Judge Michael Cicconetti has sentenced 18-year-old Jonathan Tarase of Kirtland to view the body of at least one traffic fatality victim at the county morgue or at a hospital.
Judge Cicconetti tells WTAM that while some of his other creative sentences may have attracted attention to him, he's hoping that this case draws attention to the dangers of drunken or impaired driving. "I want this to be like a Scared Straight. I want the shock and awe."
When the victims of the crash appeared in court for Tarase's sentencing, one asked that a message be sent, so Cicconetti thought about it, and came up with the sentence.
Tarase will have to serve five days in jail, starting April 19. Before that, he will have to be available to view the bodies of traffic fatality victims. The probation department and Judge Cicconetti's bailiff will set that up.
The sentence also includes parole for six months, $852 in fines and court costs, and suspension of Tarese's drivers license for six months.
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