ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Some family members of a man killed by a driver who investigators said was drunk at the time are outraged over the plea deal the woman received.
Special Olympics champion Bobby Stout was walking along Goldenrod Road at Daniel Webster Drive on July 9, 2011.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, investigators said Natalie Houle was driving with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.
Investigators said Travis Main, who also showed signs of impairment, was a passenger in the vehicle.
According to investigators, the two got into an argument and Main grabbed the steering wheel. Their car hit the median and veered over a curb, onto the sidewalk, hitting
Investigators said when the car hit Stout he was sent airborne for 30 feet, landed on top of one parked car, and then another and then bounced off a third car before finally coming to rest on the pavement.
"If she had grabbed back the wheel Bobby would be alive. If he hadn't grabbed the wheel Bobby would be alive. If she hadn't gotten in the car drunk and fighting Bobby would be alive. That's their responsibility," said Penny Stout.
While Houle was initially charged with DUI manslaughter, next Friday both defendants will be pleading to vehicular homicide. As part of a plea deal, both defendants will serve one year of house arrest and then get probation.
While one of Bobby Stout's family members was satisfied with the plea deal, three family members said they are outraged over the deal. They said the pair deserves time in jail for taking Bobby Stout's life.
"Bobby was our glue, and our family is broken without that glue. And all we're asking for is what any citizen would want, is justice," said Penny Stout.
The State Attorney's office released the following statement to Channel 9: "After careful review and discussions of the facts and evidence, the State extended a just and fair plea offer to the two defendants which takes into account the tragic death of Mr. Stout and the protection of the public. Our experienced staff spoke with members of the victim's family several times including this past week and we believe that the majority of Mr. Stout's survivors understand and agree with the plea offer."
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