Circuit Court Judge James Williams re-affirmed his sentence of three years probation and community service for John Ludwig in his reckless homicide case at a hearing this morning. In this case, he was given probation after crashing his car into a house, which killed the occupant. After the sentencing, the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Robert Ariail the judge to reconsider his sentence.
Meanwhile, Ludwig was also sentenced to three years probation after he pleaded guilty to an assault charge involving Benji Brown, a friend of his ex-wife.
Lawyer Bruce Byrholdt represented Ludwig in the case. He says “The thing that upset me is to hear Mr. Brown come in and ask for jail time when in April of last year, he was satisfied with a probationary sentence. To have that flip on its head in less than a year caused me concern.”
The two probation sentences will run concurrently. Billy Wilkins, Ludwig’s lawyer in the reckless homicide case, says the judge’s ruling, “was absolutely the correct thing to do and indeed the Constitutional thing to do. There’s some question about whether the judge even had the authority to reconsider this sentence and set aside his earlier sentence.”
Prosecutor Robert Ariail requested reconsideration in the reckless homicide case after there was public criticism of his handling of the case.