|Teen Pleads Guilty After Blog Confession|
|Orlando Sentinal (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
Wed, 21 Dec 2005 13:01:47 -0600
An 18-year-old passenger who caused a fatal crash by pulling on the|
steering wheel pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter after prosecutors
discovered a confession on his online blog.
Blake Ranking wrote "I did it" on his blurty.com journal three days
Blake was sitting in the back seat as he and then-17-year-old friends
His blood alcohol content after the crash measured 0.185, more than
Robinette, who was driving and had no traces of drugs or alcohol in
"It was me who caused it. I turned the wheel. I turned the wheel that
Ranking later retracted his words, deleting them from the blog and
"People say I 'contradict' myself since I 'already admitting pulling
Still, the confession forced him to lead guilty Monday to manslaughter
Circuit Judge Mark Hill agreed to impose the sentence Dec. 28.
Greenberg said she had planned to use the blog as evidence, a first
"Anytime a defendant confesses, that is very relevant and important,"
Ranking posted the lyrics to Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" the day
"He lost the best friend he ever had," Spivey said in Ranking's
Ken Coker, Jason's father, said his family never wanted prison time
"There's not enough forgiveness in the world," he said.
Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com
Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.
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