HOUSTON—A Channelview mother says DWI laws need to be tougher. Just this week, she learned the woman who was charged with killing her son will not spend six years in prison.
Instead, the woman was given "shock probation."
Shock probation is sort of like a scare tactic. The person spends some time in jail to "scare them straight," then they carry out the rest of their sentence through probation.
Patricia Schober feels more needs to be done.
"Holidays of course are really really hard," Schober said.
The holidays have never been the same for Schober since her son died. Even so, she puts out her Christmas tree every year.
"This is a handmade ornament he made in second grade," Schober said, pointing to the ornament on the tree.
Her only son's ornament is her prized possesion.
"If this house caught on fire that's the one thing I would grab," she said.
Schober purchased one last gift for her son this Christmas.
"About a month ago I bought his headstone," Schober said.
It was a purchase she wishes she never had to make.
It was Mother's Day 2007. Jacob Schober, 28, was riding his motorcycle home after hanging out with friends. Leslie Parish, age 38 at the time, struck Jacob in the 23000 block of Spencer Highway.
"He died completely from the impact," Schober said.
Jacob left two young boys and he was engaged to be married to his best friend.
"There's this big hole in the center of my chest and that's what it always feels like," said Schober.
Court documents show Parish's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. She was charged with intoxication manslaughter.
"Every time she went to court, I went to court because [I wanted Parish to] look at my face and know Jason was a human being," Schober said.
Just this week, state district judge Randy Roll gave Parish shock probation. Parish will spend six months in jail and then serve 10 years probation.
Schober wants tougher DWI laws.
"We've had hearings to discuss how to make them more uniform," said Senator John Whitmire, who is hoping to change the way Texas cracks down on repeat offenders. He's calling for treatment programs and unified DWI state laws.
"She's very fortunate a judge will give her a second chance," said Whitmire about Parish's sentence.
Schober hasn't been able to move on.
"I hope that some day I can feel forgiveness for her, but I don't yet," Schober said.
It's the first time in two years that Roll has granted that type of punishment. Parish was charged for DWI in 1993. Roll could not be reached for comment.