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Does Ramage deserve a prison sentence?
Thu, January 17, 2008

Former NHL player Rob Ramage was called an "exemplary citizen" Thursday, but an Ontario judge said he had to send a message of deterrence against drunk driving as he sent him to prison for four years for a crash that killed his friend, a former Chicago Blackhawks player.

Do you think Ramage got what he deserved? Have your say in our forum.

Ramage sentenced to four years



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If they send Rob away for this, how will they explain all the other drunk driving convictions involving deaths that the criminal only gets house arrest, or a couple months in jail, etc?
James, 2007-12-18 15:14:45

Dont do the crime if you cant do the time. I wonder if those who dont Ramage to go to jail think all drunk drivers that kill e should go free or just the famous ones. At least when they fabricated a lie to let Dale Hunter off his impaired scottfree he hadn't killed anyone.
r mclean, 2007-12-18 15:09:34

Laws are for everyone including athletes. The families wishes should play a roll in the length of his sentencing but sorry, this is a crime that was 100% preventable.

If a stranger had killed Ramage while dirnking and driving, I'm sure his family would want them charged and sentenced to the full extent of the law.

Nuff said!
Magnus, 2007-12-18 15:08:07

I think Rick L said it all. Nice sentiment by the family but Ramage should get what anyone else who is not a celebrity in a similar circumstance would get. If that's jail time, then so be it, fairness in the issuing of punishment must be the same for all.
Jim S, 2007-12-18 15:07:27

sorry, but it could have been me this idiot killed or anyone of you, or your family, jail is a must - he is a big boy and should have known better. His hockey career is beyond irrelevant.
Mia Cunateakter, 2007-12-18 15:05:44

The message would not be a good one if Mr. Ramage does not do significant jail time. Friend(?) or not, society has had enough of the senseless carnage on our roads. He could've killed anyone in the condition he was in. Does the family not get it?
Fred, 2007-12-18 14:48:21

To forgive is devine and it's obvious the Magnuson family lives by this. However, there are rules in place not only necessarily to correct people, but to show the rest of us there is a system in place that supports us as well. What Mr. Ramage did could have happened to any one of us. Yet, this can't be used as an out, as the rules would apply to us as well. It's nothing personal, but I feel Mr. Ramage should be made to do his time.
Rick L, 2007-12-18 14:32:43

l would go with the family wishes, And not send Rob to jail.
Rick Ewart, 2007-12-18 13:54:21

I admire the family of the victim being willing to forgive...this is commendable and if they are willing to that matters a lot. How about restitution to the province for dollars spent, at the accident scene, medical impact on public healthcare and legal costs...restitution tot he taxapayer for costs incurred as a result of impaired driving would make restitution and remorse an action rather than a feeling.
John Blackman, 2007-12-18 13:44:18

Jail, he is a criminal and not above the law plus take down the banner at the John Labatt Center in London.
leaf fan, 2007-12-18 13:38:49

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