Just released on Amazon: A Cautionary Tale: The DWI Trial Of Stephen Mole by Art Collins

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An inspiring true story of tragedy and redemption in today's "get-tough-on-crime" era.

I thought this book thought-provoking and worthwhile reading. It presents a balanced picture of all parties involved and may even lead you to question what may be the results of seemingly-small decisions in our lives.

Steve Mole was pronounced guilty of killing one person and seriously injuring two others while drunk driving. He was a fifty-ish computer programmer with sole custody of two teenagers—by all accounts a loving father. He was an avid churchgoer, conscientious worker; an everyday non-remarkable resident of Texas.

Despite having no prior convictions, the jury gave him a total of 30 years on the three separate charges. According to court documents, the judge ruled they be served consecutively. There would be no parole possibility until the 15 year halfway point.

Certainly the suffering he had caused was profound and no punches are pulled in chronicling the accident and its aftermath. But was the sentence just? Is society really achieving its intended results with its ever escalating “get tough on crime” mentality? If our anti-crime deterrents are so effective, why does the U.S. continue to have the highest per capita prison population in the world?

A Cautionary Tale takes us through the various settings of Steve’s dark odyssey, from the crash site and arrest through the trial and his current prison life. Given his circumstances, his attitude is startlingly optimistic and inspirational. He regards his new environment as a stage from which to live and demonstrate his faith.

His chronicle is part drama, part societal critique, but mainly a story of redemption. For many of us, it could also serve as a sobering “there-but-for-the-grace-of-God” warning.

A Cautionary Tale is available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com, or type “Art Collins Cautionary” into Google. The site provides free sample chapters and reviews exemplifying the passion the narrative has been arousing.

Case no. F-2006-01308-A
Denton County, Texas

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