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Victim's family reacts to reduced sentencing for driver in felony DUI case

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"We're finally settling down, we're finally getting over the trauma of losing my sister and now this is bringing it all up again," Phyllis Savenkoff said Saturday.

In May of 2012, Samuel McCauley plead guilty to drunken driving on Interstate 26, which resulted in the death of 72-year-old Eleanor Caperton.

"A victim's sentence goes on forever. You lose a loved one, you don't have an 8-year sentence, so I would like to see Mr. McCauley get his original sentence," Savenkoff said.

The original sentence was to be in jail about 10 years for reckless homicide and felony DUI but what Savenkoff learned this week is that earlier this year McCauley's attorney filed a motion to reconsider the sentence and a judge reduced it to about five years.

"The victims have a right to be informed of and to attend any proceedings that the defendant has the right to attend. So therefore, I feel my family's bill of rights has been violated by Judge Houston," she said.

News 2 reached out to the judge and McCauley's attorney and did not get in touch with them during weekend hours but if Savenkoff and the solicitor succeed with a new filed motion they'll be in court together again.

"Hopefully this case will be re-opened and the family can be there to say our peace," Savenkoff said.

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