A Texas man with no criminal record has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the traffic-accident killing of Marilyn Gates, a flight attendant who had been scheduled to work on one of the flights commandeered by hijackers on Sept. 11, 2001. Stephen Mole, 54, got “stacked” sentences for intoxication manslaughter and intoxiation assault after he ran a red light and slammed into the car of Gates, 52. She missed the 9/11 flight because of a family emergency.
Prosecutor Ryan Calvert, who was hoping for “some pen time,” said the sentence was surprising because of Mole’s lack of a criminal record. Defense lawyer, Toby Shook, a former prosecutor, said such a severe sentence is “not unusual where the facts are that bad.” Mole’s defense attorney, Mick Meyer, said, “It’s a travesty to take a productive member of society and warehouse him for the next 30 years,” calling Mole a churchgoing man.