Teen sentenced in drunk-driving death of 2

A Wyoming Park High School graduate will spend 30 months in prison for driving drunk, killing two of his classmates.
Sep 11, 2012


Takunda Mavima was sentenced Monday afternoon. He pleaded guilty in August to operating while intoxicated causing death, and operating while intoxicated causing injury.

On May 20, Mavima crashed a car carrying five other teenage passengers on the I-196 ramp to Chicago Drive.

Krysta Howell, 15; and Timothy See, 17, died in the accident. Dylan Stanaway, 16; Trenton Lambright, 18; and Huy Nguyen, 18, were injured in the crash. All were students at Wyoming Park High School.

On Monday, the sister and brother of Tim See urged Judge Jim Redford to impose no prison time for Mavima, saying it would do no good.  

"I am begging you to let Takunda make something of himself in the real world," said Lauren See. "Don't send him to prison and get hard and bitter. That boy has learned his lesson a thousand times over and he'll never make the same mistake again"

Angel Howell said her daughter's death has motivated her to work to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. 

Mavima's sentence was on the very low end of state sentencing guidelines.



If this kid is athletic looking he is going to be raped. Period. Nothing will stop that. Prisons are understaffed and cannot watch someone 24/7. I feel so bad for young people who go to prison, but there is nothing we can do. They commit the crime, then get ready to do the time. Prosecutors could care less- they go home to nice warm dinners to houses on the lake and trophy wives. So do the judges. He is doing to be Sodomized and beaten senseless, stalked and abused beyond belief. He will not be the same person when he gets out. He will be a stranger. Cold/Hard and Mean.


At least he will get out.. which is a lot more than can be said for the two kids he killed by his poor choices.


The student should have thought about all of the above before driving drunk. All too often, a slap on the hands is all offenders get. I speak from personal experience with an accident that involved Felonius driving that almost killed a family member. The offender got his hands slapped and a fine. No jail time and only lost his license for a short period of time. Actually less time than what it took for the family member to recover. I personally know Judge Redford and he is a great Circuit Court judge. We need more like him. This teen could have been sentenced to much more time than what he was given.


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