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Postby chadlincoln » Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:41 pm

You've got to be joking me. This guy needed more than 8 years in prison.

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MONT-DE-MARSAN, France -- A father who drugged his children's tennis opponents, leading to a player's death, was sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted Thursday.

Christophe Fauviau had confessed to the crime during his trial in Mont-de-Marsan in southwestern France.

The former military pilot was accused of spiking the water bottles of his children's opponents 27 times in tournaments across France from 2000 to 2003, using the anti-anxiety drug Temesta, which can cause drowsiness.

Prosecutor Serge Mackowiack had asked for a sentence of eight to 10 years in prison -- below the 20-year maximum for the charge of unintentionally causing death by administering toxic substances.

In asking for the lighter sentence, Mackowiack said Fauviau had been a good soldier and said he did not seek to kill or injure the players.

Still, the prosecutor described Fauviau as "an adult who turned his children into objects of his own fantasies of success" and whose actions were premeditated.

"Nothing stopped you: Players collapsing on the court, the sight of gurneys, of an 11-year-old girl, a young woman who collapses against a fence. Nothing stopped you," Mackowiack said.

Fauviau's 16-year-old daughter, Valentine, is a rising star in French tennis.

In tearful earlier testimony, Fauviau asked the parents of the victim, 25-year-old Alexandre Lagardere, for forgiveness.

"It's something that completely took me over, and I couldn't imagine that I could be responsible for the death of your son," he told the court last week. "I never wanted things to come out like this."

Opponents of Fauviau's daughter and son, Maxime, complained to investigators of suffering weakness, dizziness, nausea or fainting. Several were hospitalized.

In July 2003, Maxime Fauviau defeated Lagardere, who complained of fatigue after the match and slept for two hours. While driving home, Lagardere crashed his car and died, and police believe he fell asleep at the wheel.

Toxicology tests showed traces of Temesta in his system.

Fauviau, a former helicopter pilot instructor for the French army, has been in custody since his arrest in August 2003.
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Postby acsguitar » Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:49 pm

Only 8 years!!! WTF

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Postby Dan Lambskin » Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:08 pm

i think they should sentance him to a bar of soap and some deoderant
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Postby Simulacrum » Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:27 pm

Dan Lambskin wrote:i think they should sentance him to a bar of soap and some deoderant


Le Zing! :-B
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Postby DevilDriver » Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:38 pm

That's one crazy guy 8-o
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Postby Madison » Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:43 pm

acsguitar wrote:Only 8 years!!! WTF

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Well, he wasn't trying to kill anyone, but with what happened to some of the other kids he drugged, I definitely think he deserves far more than a lousy 8 years in jail.

What a loser. :-t
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Postby Red Stripe » Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:54 pm

Wow, what an idiot
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Postby AcidRock23 » Fri Mar 10, 2006 12:50 am

Darn, I should have read about this before the live draft last weekend!! 'Here's some beers guys!!' ;-D :-D
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Postby WharfRat » Fri Mar 10, 2006 8:30 am

AcidRock23 wrote:Darn, I should have read about this before the live draft last weekend!! 'Here's some beers guys!!' ;-D :-D


Damn near spit my coffee all over the keyboard, sheesh. :-° :-D :-D
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Postby JTWood » Fri Mar 10, 2006 9:04 am

This is just further proof that my dad wasn't willing to "do what it takes" when I was an up-and-coming tennis player. He didn't drug one of my opponents!

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Actually, the first thing that came to my mind was that we used to joke about this in college - to a lesser degree. Both schools I played routenly scheduled matches against Principia College, the only Christian Science school in the country.

Christian Science is an odd belief. In essence, they feel that faith is the most powerful aspect of being a Christian and that anything can be accomplished through prayer, including cures for common physical ailments. In fact, their faith is so strong that they don't believe in any drugs. So if someone at the school gets the flu, they all pray for him. Broke a bone? We'll set it for you, but no pain killers. Measles outbreak in the dorm? Close campus and have a pray-in. An opposing soccer goalie has his nuts kicked so hard that one of his testicles explodes*? Better get him to the hospital because they don't even have a nurse on campus.

Anyways, back to my original point... When I was in college, Principia routenly fielded very good teams. For instance, even though my squad made nationals both years of JC, they still beat us both years - badly. So we always joked that one day we would just slip a bottle of NyQuil or some simple aspirin into their gym bag before a match. After that, someone would simply have to point it out to their coach, and voila! No more opponent.

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