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Victims' friend reacts to drunk driver's parole

By Heidi Meili, Anchor, hmeili@keci.com
Published On: Jul 01 2014 08:33:40 PM MDT
Updated On: Jul 01 2014 11:30:15 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Montana Board of Pardons and Parole has granted David Delsignore parole less than 4 years after he was sentenced for the drunk-driving deaths of two teen girls. The development is just the latest chapter in an emotional ordeal for the community.

Ashlee Patenaude and Taylor Cearley were hit and killed on Highway 200 in December of 2009.  

Friends like Dylan Clark say news of Delsignore's parole will be difficult for some.

"It makes life pretty tough at times," said Clark. "A couple people you are used to seeing every day are just not there anymore.  You know who did it and it easily could have been avoided, so I'm sure it will bring a lot of pain to the families and the community."

On December 31, 2009, more than 600 people gathered for a memorial at Bonner School.  Taylor's brother spoke that day about times he had shared with his sister.

Brannon Cearley said, "I often gave Taylor a ride to school.  Even though we never made it on time, it was always an adventure."

In July of 2010, Taylor's father shared his feelings with NBC Montana. "My soul was crushed on December 26 and will not easily be repaired, but the love given by everyone has shown our families hope."

In October, 2010, people packed a courtroom as a judge sentenced Delsignore.

Taylor Cearley's mother told Delsignore life without her daughter is unbearable.  "I feel like I have been punished and am serving a life sentence."

Delsignore apologized to all the families, including his own and did not ask for leniency.

"I have brought so much shame to them, because I'm their child and they've raised me to make better decisions, and look at what I've done," Delsignore said in the courtroom.

It will likely be at least a year before Delsignore completes the programs required for his release and can live in the community again. He'll still be on parole through February 2026. During that time he won't be allowed to drive.

After that he'll be on probation for another 15 years.