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Billy Lane's Jail Sentence Stands

  • Judge will not shorten prison term for Lane

    Victim's family wanted sentence to help cause

    A judge refused to shorten imprisoned celebrity motorcycle builder Billy Lane's six-year sentence despite his attorneys' claim his fatal crash victim's family thought he could do more good outside of prison, electronic court records show.

    Attorneys for Lane, 39, filed a motion last week asking Brevard Circuit Judge Robert Burger to give victim Gerald Morelock's family another chance to say what kind of punishment he should receive and to reduce Lane's sentence if he saw fit.

    Lane was sentenced in August to six years in prison after pleading no contest to one count of vehicular homicide for crashing his pickup truck head-on into 56-year-old Morelock's motorcycle while speeding past slow traffic in a no-pass zone on Sept. 4, 2006.

    Throughout the course of the case, Morelock's brother, Byron Morelock, and nephew, Sean Morelock, declined to recommend a punishment. But they asked the judge during sentencing to impose a sentence that would use Lane's celebrity status to help save the lives of young people through a foundation they plan to create in Morelock's name.

    But defense lawyers Greg Eisenmenger and Robert Berry claimed in their motion that intense media and public scrutiny caused Morelock's brother and nephew to be "vague" at Lane's sentencing about their belief that Lane would better be able to benefit society if he were not incarcerated.

    Burger denied the motion without a hearing.

    Contacted by phone Friday, Byron Morelock said he and his son continue to push through with plans for their foundation.

    "We regret this whole thing happened and both of our families got hurt in this situation and have to go on. Nothing really good came out of it for anybody," he said. "I'm sure my brother would hope that people learn something from this and all drive carefully."

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  • Pete817
    Pete817 I agree he could do some good using his celebrity status to get the message out about drunk driving...But let him do it from jail...HE KILLED SOMEONE for pete's sake, why should he not serve his time. And on that matter, 6 years for taking someones life...  more
    October 28, 2009
  • DebraJo
    DebraJo I agree with Pete - When you mess up, you get to pay for that offense, celeb or not! Nothing will bring the man back, if Billy Lane wants to help he will find a way in or out of Prison!
    October 28, 2009
  • Slippery
    Slippery I will say only this....If it were you or i...
    It would be a whole lot more than 6 years, and know one person would be able to do anything more about it...Nor would you even be heard of again!!! 6YEARS....Seems a small price to pay, and believe me...  more
    October 28, 2009
  • Roadkinglou09
    Roadkinglou09 HE should have known better! That shows how one wrong move can change your life. 
    December 10, 2009