What is happening to our judicial system ["Sentencing in DWI dual slay," News, July 31]? With all the recent coverage regarding drunken driving and the supposed crackdown on these criminals, how can Acting State Supreme Court Justice William Donnino justify a sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison for defendant Oscar Ramirez in the deaths of Larry Scuteri, 49, and Daniel Gambardella, 46?

I just don't understand how Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice could say that she hopes the prison sentence will bring some solace to the two men's families. Solace? How about some justice?

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Not until much harsher sentences are meted out to these killers will Long Islanders believe justice can be carried out.

Jim Bridges, Ronkonkoma