Man faces 5 years in jail after sixth DWI; victim wants more time on sentence

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GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. —  “I think there definitely needs to be stricter laws and harsher punishment. We need consequences,” April Baker said. 

How much jail time is enough time for a 6th DWI offense? 

The maximum is 20 years. Igor Vuceta received 5 years this week after pleading guilty in Garland County. 

But a family who was hit head-on by Vuceta when he was drunk back in 2015 says 5 years is not enough. 

April Baker and her two boys were hit head-on, totaling the car, causing concussions and whiplash. 

“There is that moment that you don’t know, you don’t know if you’re going to see them again,” April said. 

“I remember getting knocked out for a little bit and then like waking up and getting out of the car,” Gavin Baker, April’s 10-year-old son said. He was 6 when the accident happened. 

They were taken away in an ambulance, while the driver who hit them — Igor Vuceta —  was taken away in a police car for DWI. 

According to Vuceta’s record, that was his third driving while intoxicated arrest. 

“I’m more upset that it continues to happen,” April said. 

As of Tuesday, Vuceta pleaded guilty to his 6th DWI and received a sentence of 5 years in jail. 

“It is not near enough for the amount of grievances he has against the state and the lack of respect for the laws,” April said. 

She’s working with Mother’s Against Drunk Driving to petition for more time on Vuceta’s sentence. 

“At least enough time for no one to be hurt by him,” she said.  

Even Gavin has learned a thing or two about the justice system. 

“If they don’t get punished, they can keep on doing it again and again without any consequences,” he said. 

His mom only wants bumps and bruises to come from a rowdy game of basketball–  and not let her boys or another family be affected by Vuceta’s poor decisions again.   

Back when the accident happened Vuceta received an ankle monitor for about a year. It appears from his record that he soon after was back to his old ways. 

It will be up to a judge if anything will change with his current sentence. 
 

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