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Man granted judicial release in fatal reckless driving case

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Paul Never was granted judicial release after serving only 18 months of his four-year sentence. Paul Never was granted judicial release after serving only 18 months of his four-year sentence.
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The man sentenced to four years in prison for a drunk driving accident that took three lives more than two years ago was granted judicial release Thursday. The elderly man served only 18 months of his sentence and one of the victims' families voiced their opinions in court.

Prosecutors say Paul Never, 71, was driving his pickup truck when he pulled out of a parking lot on North Detroit Avenue and crashed into a car with driver Noel Papenfuse, 21, and his three friends. Prosecutors say Papenfuse made it out of his car before it exploded, but Bradley Richardson, Bryan Richardson and Noah McFadden died. 

Emotions were high at court when Never's request for judicial release was granted. Never's lawyer said it is difficult for an elderly man to serve time and brought up Never's good behavior over the last 18 months.

The parents of one of the victims, 20-year-old Bryan Richardson, were also there to speak against Never's release.

Never kept quiet in court as his lawyer presented his request and remained quiet when the victim's parents spoke.

Bryan and Suzanne Richardson directed their statements towards Never. They said they feel like the justice system is failing them.

"I find it unacceptable that you're only going to be serving six months for each soul, each child. I want to put it on record that my son - who I'll never see again - and you're only serving six months for each child," said Bryan Richardson.

The Richardsons told Never that coming to court to fight his release made them feel like they were ripping a scab off all over again.

"I cannot accept an apology from a coward who cannot even serve his time like a man. He's whining and crying that he wants to get out. I could cry. I could have a tantrum the rest of my life and I'll never get my child back," said Suzanne Richardson.

This is the third time Never has requested judicial release. As part of his release, he will be required to participate in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at least three time each week, complete 200 hours of community service, and wear an ankle monitor for two years.

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