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Wife of Man Killed by Drunk Driver Blasts Sentence & System

The wife of a man struck and killed by a drunken driver as he rode his bicycle home from work said the eight-year prison sentence handed down Friday sickened her.

James Farmer. Credit: Submitted photo.
James Farmer. Credit: Submitted photo.
By Joseph Hosey

The wife of a Joliet man killed by a drunken driver as he bicycled home from work said an eight-year prison sentence handed down Friday made her "sick to my stomach."

"This whole situation makes me sick to my stomach, and knowing Justice was not served on behalf of my husband make me even more sick," Amanda Farmer, the wife of James Farmer, said in an email.

James Farmer, 49, was killed in June 2012. The woman who ran him over on South Midland Avenue in Rockdale, 32-year-old Cara Quiett, has already served more than a year in jail. She will have to do 85 percent of the approximately seven years she has left.

James Farmer's family was angered and saddened by what they believe to be a light sentence. Here is Amanda Farmer's statement in its entirety:

"I'm writing to make a statement about today's verdict for Cara Quiett, I think our Justice system here in Illinois is so screwed up and I find it totally unfair to only sentence her to 8 years in prison for killing my husband! As with any amount of time nothing is going to bring my husband back but only 8 years you have to be kidding me! Why not just smack her on her hand and say bad job go to your room. When everyday you drive down the highway and see signs posted for hit a worker $10,000.00 fine and 14 years in prison and that's only for hitting a person not killing them. We are clearly not happy with the judge's decision and I think it is total bull for even having a law for drunk driving if you're not going to enforce harder penalties for multi dui's and even harder ones if a death was involved!! This whole situation makes me sick to my stomach, and knowing Justice was not served on behalf of my husband make me even more sick. It only goes to show you if you want to get away with murder just come to Joliet, cause nothing will happen to you but a slap on the hand!!!"
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unbiased June 29, 2013 at 08:30 AM
I couldn't agree with her more!!! This woman had multiple dui's && that's just how many times she got caught!!! There is no telling how many times she's actually driven drunk!! Murder is murder be it with a gun, knife or A CAR!! They are all weapons when placed in the hands of a reckless idiot!!! Joliet judges are more concerned with giving drug dealers 15+ years -_- yeah those sentences totally make sense!! Smh praying for this family && that mans wife especially!
anonymous June 29, 2013 at 08:34 AM
Kill someone you get 8 years- tax evasion conviction or you are G-Rod you get 20 years
john junker June 29, 2013 at 08:37 AM
YES, the system is corrupt !
Pam McD June 29, 2013 at 09:48 AM
That really is wrong !! The system needs to take drunk driving more seriously. Someone's life was taken .... just more BS
Able2survive June 29, 2013 at 11:16 AM
Two stealing money from a campaign fund got four years, this woman killed someone and only gets eight? Our system is jacked and they keep going after the ones who abide the law instead of making harsher punishments for the ones that do, if you drink and drive you lose your license for a couple months and pay some money it makes me sick, how many drunk drivers kill people every year but you want to just slap them on the wrist
anonymous June 29, 2013 at 11:24 AM
RFire101- if you are referring to the Jacksons we KNOW why they only got four years- one set of rules for us and another set for all of the rest. FREE G- ROD!
John Roberts June 29, 2013 at 11:28 AM
sad thing is she will go to a prison with no rehabilitation. Prison is not rehab. Nor do prisons provide adequate time for their programs. Prison system just as corrupt. Too bad there is not a facility that houses DUI offenders to provide the rehabilitation needed. Because lets face it. DUI offender already. and when she gets out of prison because she is going to. labeled,not able to find work.No education or proper rehabilitation..and took a mans life.Lack of self esteem.Chances are she will get out and get busted for Driving on revoked/or suspended license and DUI again..No doubt in my mind. and she will go back to prison again and get out again. Revolving door system now only ones that will collect will be Will County for fines and court costs. At $42000 a year tax payer expense.and like i said if she gets transferred and 30 days later the new prison gets $42000 the money does not transfer.
They Don't Get It June 29, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Justice was not served!
Jackie S. June 29, 2013 at 12:55 PM
My heart goes out to the family of James Farmer. I agree with his wife that justice was NOT served! Voters, remember this on the next election day - vote NOT to retain the judges who make these unwise decisions! That's the ONLY way they will understand that we're disgusted with them not doing the job that they're being paid to do for us!
John Roberts June 29, 2013 at 01:08 PM
But lets not forget that Farmer was convicted of murder also...if the sentence was not light on him also then he would of not been out to see his kids either..Farmer was in prison for a while i remember that too. For killing someone while high on drugs. If he would of got life he would not of had a second chance either. Which from what he was doing going to work,kids to Dr. appointments he was doing right with his second chance...Lives were taken by both..Farmer and Quiett
NuckleSammich June 29, 2013 at 02:49 PM
An absolute tragic story, especially for the families involved. Farmer's kids have no dad, Quiett's son will be without his a mother for a number of years, the man's family Farmer was convicted of MURDERING many years ago is without their dad/brother/uncle/grandfather. I'm sorry, but I don't feel bad for Farmer or Quiett. Do you think that Farmer's brother wanted his brother to "rot in hell" for the senseless murder he committed? I don't care if he did it high on drugs or because he had a drug problem, and neither does the family of the person he wiped of the face of the earth. 8 years is a short sentence for what she did, but anything less than life in prison for Farmer was too short too. Here's the link to an old patch story. Great read. http://joliet.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/bicyclist-dies-from-june-6-crash-injuries
Stephbeth June 29, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Wow, kArma? Didn't realize Farmer had served time for murder. I doubt that had any bearing on her sentencing though. Her time probably would have been the same of she had killed anyone.
MYTURN June 29, 2013 at 07:02 PM
To Farmers sister... It sickens me that your brother didn't serve his entire 40 year sentence for his brutal murder that he committed. Cara was an accident you brother however was thought out and planned and done intentionally to support his drug habits.
MYTURN June 29, 2013 at 07:03 PM
But also let me add MAY HE REST IN PEACE!!
good cuts barbershop June 29, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Welcome to Illinois where u get 3 years for driving with a suspended license and 8 for running someone over
Able2survive June 30, 2013 at 09:20 AM
It's crazy to me but she killed someone she didn't commit a cold blooded murder, but the black kid that does the drive by that accidentally kills a kid playing video games gets life, this is different she made still made horrible mistakes and justice was not served, I wonder if she where black and was high on heroin if the sentence would of been the same
MYTURN June 30, 2013 at 07:01 PM
And 20 for a brutal murder.
Julia Lommatzsch July 02, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Done intentional. Made the choice to drive drunk. Should be a life for a life OR these people should be indebted to the family for life. Financially!
John Roberts July 02, 2013 at 02:39 PM
If that was the case Julia,Then Farmer should of been put to death and not given a second chance. He took a life and got out. Everyone complaining about her time she got with no understanding that Farmer got a second chance too. She drove drunk and had an accident...He got high and planned a murder...his was premeditated..That in its self was something that put you at the top of the list for the death penalty..which he did not get. If your drinking and you get rear ended your going to Jail with even more charges and you had nothing to do with the accident happening.There is gang members that were caught up in shootings that got less time than Farmer did. With all respects this is just a bad situation all together. But people can change From what is being said about Farmer he proved people can change.Taking care of his family was something he wasn't doing before he went to prison.
MYTURN July 03, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Julia, I cant believe that you too are not grasping the difference here... SMH Its unfortunate that this happened but your failing to realize AGAIN.... IT WAS AN ACCIDENT.. Tell me you have never driven with a few beers in your system? You would be lying if you say. BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACCIDENT AND INTENTIONALLY! @ John , you have some very valid points!!
Christine Mendez July 06, 2013 at 09:39 AM
I understand that this was an ACCIDENT! But have we forgot that she ran off to Florida and didnt even think about Mr. Farmer or his family. Coming from a mother I can not imagine having my children not having their father around, and having to talk to an urn every morning. Those children will never be able to have hugs or kisses from him again. There is no excuse to be driving while intoxicated to that extent!! This man was being a father and going to work while in the wrong place when this irresponsible, careless, inconsiderate child took the life of this FATHER, HUSBAND, BROTHER, & SON!!!! This girl should be ashamed of herself. Period.
Jax July 08, 2013 at 06:34 AM
Lets not forget this man killed someone while he was drunk as well...What was his prison sentence? Karma can bite back hard
MYTURN July 11, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Again, them tickets were purchased months prior she didn't even want to go it took a lot of convincing for her to go. She was told it was gonna probably be her last one for awhile. She is a loving MOTHER, SISTER, DAUGHTER & FRIEND as well.. Keep trying to justify Farmers actions. There is NO EXCUSE FOR FARMER to break into some innocent persons house to rob, stab, tie up, placed in tub to die and get more money for drugs.. His prison sentence was 40 yrs for which he only did 20, the family fails to see that JUSTICE wasn't don't there. @ Christine... LOUIS family didn't have him no longer around to HUG or KISS either. Your putting your 2 cents in trying to justify FARMER and its NOT happening maybe to people who don't know the story BUT to us that are very familiar with it your NOT. Coming from a mother myself I would be pissed if some DRUG ADDICT came to my parents house killed my father so brutally and only did 30 of the 40 years. why don't you respond to that??
MYTURN July 11, 2013 at 01:33 PM
sorry 20 of the 40 yr sentence^^^
MYTURN July 11, 2013 at 01:42 PM
FARMER didn't deserve to die but I'm tired of hearing JUSTICE wasn't served for Cara but served for Farmer. I understand that the family is in a emotional state but would of it made any difference if he was a piece of shit father and husband? We all know what he was capable of by his past and history. Drugs are a powerful thing I doubt that he never used again since he got out of jail. Whether the family wants to agree or not but 8 yrs is a long time to be taking away from her son, family and friends for something that was a true accident and not done intentionally.
Julia Lommatzsch July 11, 2013 at 08:25 PM
I have NEVER EVER driven with alcohol in my system. So I can say that. I'm not a drinker never have been. We are talking about this one particular person not Farmer (Whoever that is) At what point are people going to be made to take responsibility for their actions? That is what get me. But I would bet if that was your spouse or child you would have a completely different outlook. Just because you don't agree with me doesn't mean I don't have a right to my opinion. I'm not judging yours. I would just like to see some justice instead of slaps on the wrist!
MYTURN July 11, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Julia, for your information I have had a tragic incident happen and guess what??? I DIDNT WANT THE DEATH SENTENCE to the offender... I in fact gave him a second chance so I my dear AM TALKING FROM EXPERIENCE I DID GO THROUGH SOMETHING AWEFUL.. I gave the kid a second chance in life so as far as outlook that's out the door.. And as far as you never drinking under the influence that's very odd hats off to you!! You need to learn the difference between accident and intentional as well!!

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