Driver in Fatal Crash Sentenced to 15 Years … of Writing.
(Oct. 26) — Unless he’d rather go to prison, Andrew Gaudioso will be doing a lot of thinking — and writing — in the next 15 years about the young soldier he killed in a car accident.
A Florida judge this month ordered Gaudioso to send a postcard to the family of Sgt. Thomas Towers Jr. once a week for 15 years as part of his probation agreement.
Thomas’ father said he approves of the unusual sentence.
"At first I thought I wanted prison," Thomas Towers Sr., 56, told The Orlando Sentinel. "Then I thought it would be better to force him some way to remember — at least once a week — what he did. I think this does that."
Lake County Circuit Judge G. Richard Singeltary said Gaudioso will have to show stamped postcards to his probation officer once a week, or risk jail.
Authorities say Gaudioso, 22, was high on drugs in 2008 when he veered onto the wrong side of a road in Eustis, Fla., at more than 80 mph, killing the 28-year-old Iraq war veteran.
Gaudioso would not discuss the sentence, the newspaper said.