Dad dived 3 times but could not save baby from icy lake

  • Article by: ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 8, 2013 - 9:53 PM

"The system can't punish him more than he's already been punished," attorney Joe Friedberg said after Jonathan Markle's first court appearance on a count of felony criminal vehicular homicide.

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railroadFeb. 8, 13 4:14 PM

Feel bad for this guy.. two beers and stupidity for driving on ice and now he is facing jail. He lost his baby and now paying the ultimate price for doing something stupid. I dont know if it is right to prosecute for his daughters death or just driving under the influence.

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aanen1Feb. 8, 13 4:30 PM

Sorry, folks. Two beers will not register .13 after 2 hours, even for a small person. I'm very sorry that this man lost his baby. But his wife also lost her child because he was driving drunk. They have to start taking action against these people and stop feeling sorry for them; the have NOT been punished enough by losing a child. You follow the rules or you go to jail. I hope he gets the maximum sentence allowed by law, which probably isn't enough.

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Rustys_momFeb. 8, 13 5:11 PM

Yes, aanen1, he had to have had way more than 2 beers to blow a .13 - yes the punishment of losing his child is terrible, but there are legal consequences also.

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fdrebinFeb. 8, 13 5:13 PM

Tragedies such as this always give Mike Freeman an excuse to appear with great sanctimony in public. I don't know this man from Adam. I do know he has paid the ultimate price for a very bad decision that he will rhink about every day for the rest of his life. Will public humiliation and a jail term punish him any more? Will it help or hinder his recovery? What is the purpose of this prosecution? others have fallen through the ice this winter. Haven't they all learned a painful lesson?

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ZIMI13Feb. 8, 13 5:24 PM

Let's be serious about the blood alcohol level. He was drunk...that is not "2 beers". Why wasn't the mother driving? Not blaming, just curious. If proven guilty, he should be held accountable for drinking and driving and manslaughter. But,losing your own child is worse than whatever the state can do. So sad for everyone involved. I hope in time, long after the legal issues have been resolved, that family can find peace.

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Brad57Feb. 8, 13 5:32 PM

Two 12 oz Beers over 2 hours for a 180 lb. man will produce .02% BAC Two 12 oz Beers over 2 hours for a 100lb. woman will produce .04% BAC Eight 12 oz Beers over 2 hours for a 200lb. man will produce .13% BAC Either the guy can't count how many beers he had, or the testing device is broken.

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ronf528Feb. 8, 13 5:36 PM

Couldn't agree more aanen1. It's tragic this little girl lost her life over something so stupid. And I agree this man can't be punished any more than he will be for the rest of his life. But he could start by being honest. If it's true he only had two beers before reading .13 2 hours later, they must have been 64 oz. mugs.

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rafannonFeb. 8, 13 6:00 PM

If he was SO drunk.. how could he manage to dive 3 times into the cold water to get his daughter out.. you would think he would be able to function that well...Maybe the Police lab made an error.. they have made many errors in the past years getting people convicted of DWI's with faulty lab work.

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porsche3Feb. 8, 13 6:06 PM

This family needs all of us to "walk a mile in their shoes"...just imagine the utter pain and devastation. And after we have lived their nightmare, maybe we should all "climb off of our "high horses". Lord knows how many of us could have been in this situation at least once in our lives.

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beaglemomFeb. 8, 13 6:12 PM

I do question the mother's culpability in this as well. I assume she was able to see how much he had drank and had some responsibility to protect her children. A cab would have saved a life and not cost the taxpayers a court case and potential lodging for this father.

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