In 1997, an Illinois mail carrier ran over and killed a Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputy who was assisting a driver on an interstate highway. The mail carrier, Robert Urbanec, was drunk and did not stop, says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by five years of probation. He was warned that if he violated his probation, he faced an additional five years in prison. This June 30, Urbanec was arrested for drunk driving–a clear probation violation–but was released from jail.
“It is shocking,” said Mark Williams, who prosecuted Urbanec for the killing. Urbanec was rearrested Tuesday after the murder victim’s sister inquired about the case. It is, says Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, a painful reminder that the criminal justice system in general, and the Department of Corrections in particular, “are out of touch with the rest of society. They are more concerned about the process than with human beings.”