Michael Giacona served time for causing a fatal accident, but his punishment isn’t over. He has to stand at an intersection holding a sign declaring that he “killed Aaron Pennywell while driving drunk.”
In January, Giacona pleaded guilty to one count of drunken driving, paid a $500 fine and served three months of a 1-year jail sentence.
Still, Judge Michael Fields was worried Giacona wasn’t remorseful enough and decided to put a few unusual conditions on the newly released prisoner.
“Quite frankly, I am concerned about you and this decision,” Fields told Giacona, according to a court transcript. “You make me nervous, and the reason you make me nervous is I believe what the witnesses said about your behavior that evening: That you were, even after killing someone, still looking to get more alcohol.”
So, Fields pulled no punches, directing Giacona to wear the sign, put on an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet and to prominently display a framed picture of Pennywell’s wrecked Mustang in his living room.