Woman Gets Minimum 14 Years In Prison In Fatal Crash

A woman will spend at least the next 14 years in prison on second degree murder and DWI charges.

Beaufort County prosecutors say Karrie Respess of Belhaven had a blood alcohol level of .17 and they estimate she was speeding at over 100 miles per hour when her car crashed in Sidney Road in January 2008. Authorities say the woman was under the influence of cocaine and opiates.

Killed in the accident was David Fritzler, a passenger in the woman's car.

Prosecutors say they decided to charge the woman with second degree murder because of her high blood alcohol level, the use of controlled substances, coupled with prior convictions of fleeing police and driving while her license was revoked.


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  • by Unfortunate, But Still... Location: Washington on Jun 24, 2009 at 03:20 AM
    There will always be drugs dealt no matter how hard the police work. It is ultimately a person's decision whether or not to do them. If you hang with those kind of people, there is no telling what is going happen. Whether it is being arrested, killed for having owed money for drugs, or getting in a vehicle with someone messed up. It is unfortunate what happened, but that is the lifestyle so many chose.
  • by Sister Location: Washington, NC on Jun 16, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    To Doesn't Matter. Let me just say that before you start running your mouth about things you dont know or you "suspect" or "infer" or "think", why dont you stop suspecting, inferring or thinking about it. This man who was in the car was my brother. Yes, my brother. Karrie was his friend, and he has known her for a while. Just because you ride with someone doesnt make them a cocaine addict. She is a nice person, but she does need help. But no matter what any of you think, no matter what the sentence is, it wont bring him back. He is gone and nothing can replace him. So before you post stupid responses, think about the families. Oh and yes, maybe someone in law enforcement should go down to fantasy island and bust up the druglords there. They know what goes on, but turn the other cheek.
  • by K Location: Anchorage, AK on Jun 14, 2009 at 09:29 PM
    To 'doesn't matter': How bout you leave the deceased out of it? It doesn't matter at this point what he was doing or why. His family paid the ultimate cost. Have a little sympathy for them.
  • by Hello Location: Beaufort County on Jun 14, 2009 at 12:27 PM
    Hello, Sunshine! My response to Kingfisher was directed at his comment "just goes to show you how seth edwards works", not about the stomping death because this WITN story has nothing to do with the stomping death anyway. Kingfisher's comment of "just goes to show you how seth edwards works" is a general statement and does not apply in Ms. Respess' case because Seth was not even in the courtroom when she was sentenced and I feel people should know that.
  • by sunshine Location: sidney on Jun 14, 2009 at 08:26 AM
    to hello-Seth did have everything to do with the two thugs getting off, even the judge said he would of given the max for "stomping" a man to death but the DA talked the family to plea plea because he didn't think he could win the case
  • by she needs help on Jun 14, 2009 at 06:16 AM
    she doesnt need a free ticket out but she does need help, do they give mental health services in prison? i know people who have been on crack for years and years and with help have been able to straighten up their lives
  • by Josie Location: Washington on Jun 14, 2009 at 03:50 AM
    She would not have received that amount of time if she didn't have prior convictions. That is what caused the time to be served in prison escalate. If this had been her first time in trouble, she would have received less. Some people never learn so they have to pay the consequences.
  • by bam bam Location: your neck of the woods on Jun 13, 2009 at 10:16 PM
    to doesn't matter,yes they were both under the influence and he had ridden w/ her like that many times. to wondering,no evaluation just throw her in jail they did. wonderful country we live in isn't it? they keep drugs on the street to ensure job security for police,county,state, judges correctional officers,you can fill in the rest. sleep tight,don't let the drug bug bite!
  • by wondering Location: Greenville on Jun 13, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    This is a sad situation, no doubt. I can't help but wonder if she is also bi-polar which is so often the case in situations like this. Did she receive mental health care or even get evaluated at some point? Being strictly a serious drug and alcohol user is rarely all there is to these stories. How sad that someone died and a life is wasted-Drug is rampent in ENC -it's time to stop being PC and put the truth out there so it can be dealt with finally!
  • by Doesn't Matter Location: Doesn't Matter on Jun 13, 2009 at 05:32 PM
    This is a shame was the guy with her also on drugs running in a hurry to get some more cocaine, if he was not then why would he get in a car with a jacked up woman, they have no since and all they want is another high and let their pants slide down again to another man, so anyway my point is how does she get all this mandatory time but murders in Martin County for second degree murder can spend four years in prison and are released and this person did not choose to be in a car with their murderer. This is terrible, she could have at least got five or so, just as he could have chose not to be in the car or that situation with her. You must think about your choices in life, and the after effects of what might happen to you when you chose your so called friends etc. I guess both of them went for the ride of thier life and they both paid dearly how sad!!!!!
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