Frederick Russell Given the Max 14 Years

By Garth O'Brien | January 6, 2008 
Filed Under DUI News

Frederick RussellColfax, Washington. Frederick Russell, former fugitive, was finally sentenced after his vehicular homicide conviction. Russell is responsible for killing three Washington State University students in 2001 while driving under the influence. Russell then fled to Ireland running from the law successfully for five years.
Thankfully, Whitman County Superior Court Judge David Frazier did not show mercy. Judge Frazier told Russell, “You were grossly irresponsible,” and “You are going to get the maximum sentence under the law. You deserve it. It’s as simple as that.” Unfortunately, the maximum penalty is only 14 years and 3 months in prison.

The maximum penalty is hardly an acceptable punishment for erasing the lives of Brandon Clements, 22; Stacy Morrow, 21; and Ryan Sorensen, 21.

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2 Responses to “Frederick Russell Given the Max 14 Years”

  1. KCActivist on January 22nd, 2008 9:34 am

    I’m glad that he was sentenced to the max, however it makes me sick that Veh.Hom./Assault is not considered to be a SERIOUS violent crime. He will get his 1/3 off for good time which means he’ll do about 10 years. Then if he qualifies he will be let out sooner to a work release facility. There is a bill currantly in the legislature to extend work release to one year. If that happens, Frederick Russell could be out in 9 years or so for his crime. SICK!!!

  2. Orange County DUI Attorney on February 6th, 2008 6:08 pm

    Wow – the maximum for this type of offense in Washington seems light compared to murder by violent means, but is heavy compared to what we have here in California – 1 to three years. In this case, I can see the justification from the judge’s point of view, however.