Courtroom chaos: Willie Craft sentencing

Courtroom chaos: Willie Craft sentencing

Chaos erupted in a Champaign County courtroom Wednesday afternoon after Judge Richard Klaus sentenced an Urbana man to prison for killing a University of Illinois student in a traffic crash on campus last fall.

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Chambanacitizen wrote on July 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Can we see the entire, unedited video please? Why do pictures pop up during certain points? 

Lance Dixon wrote on July 10, 2014 at 5:07 pm

That's an over zealous judge. Can the N-G provide his name please? Duh... Journalism 101. I want to make sure I don't vote for him next time. 

Mike Howie wrote on July 10, 2014 at 5:07 pm
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Good point. Thanks. (This was originally posted with the accompanying story and a text intro on our home page, but we've added his name to the caption here.)

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Lance Dixon wrote on July 10, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Thanks! Now I know who to vote against. Klaus could have just removed the guy from the courtroom. He was obviously distressed about his father who made a fatal mistake but had no malicious intent. 

knewma498 wrote on July 10, 2014 at 10:07 pm

It seems this judge is consistant with how he's ruled in another controversial case -- that of Katie Daly who, while drunk, ran over and killed her cousin, Annie Daly.  See report:

He's trying to send a message that folks are responsible for their behavior.  

etbr wrote on July 11, 2014 at 12:07 am



underrated1 wrote on June 11, 2015 at 2:06 pm

I get it... condone negligence and give the general public the impression that you can kill someone and not go to jail. That sounds like a good idea...