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Judge Sentences Teen Drunk Driver to Carry Picture of His Victims


January 1998

A judge known for his creative punishments sentenced a Houston teenager who killed two people while driving drunk to carry pictures of the victims in his wallet for the next 10 years. Judge Ted Poe sentenced Michael Hubacek, 19, to 10 years probation after Hubacek pleaded no contest to intoxicated manslaughter charges. Poe imposed strict conditions on the probation, which include erecting a cross and a Star of David at the accident site and maintaining the symbols and the area around them, observing an autopsy of a person killed in a drunken-driving accident and placing flowers on the victims' graves on their birthday for 10 years. (Orange County Register News, November 23, 1997, p. 21).