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Chip R
03-09-2006, 01:29 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=2361058

Father convicted of drugging kids' tennis foes

Associated Press

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.

Johnny Footstool
03-09-2006, 03:11 PM
Only 8 years for killing a 25-year-old. That's not right.

Ravenlord
03-09-2006, 08:01 PM
Only 8 years for killing a 25-year-old. That's not right.let's go even crazier;

i have a friend who lives in Norway tell me about a man who burned an ex-girlfriend alive, and then turned himself in. dude was sentenced to four years in prison (the mandatory minimum for the crime), therapy, and one year of probation after he serves his three year setence. he got the minimum because he turned himself in.

Norway truly does have a revolving door prison system.

savafan
03-10-2006, 12:42 PM
But, is there a rule in tennis against drugging your kid's opponents? ;)

KronoRed
03-10-2006, 01:47 PM
Probably not

8 years? for what really amounts to man slaughter?

Come on.

oneupper
03-10-2006, 09:00 PM
But, is there a rule in tennis against drugging your kid's opponents? ;)


Tonya Harding says hello!

GAC
03-11-2006, 04:19 AM
Only 8 years for killing a 25-year-old. That's not right.

Thoroughly agree Johnny. Anymore, it seems that sentencing is made, not so much from the standpoint of morality (what is the right thing to do); but is more heavily influenced by the factors of over-crowded prisons and the state's subsequent financial "burden" of having to house/support them.

Dom Heffner
03-11-2006, 09:41 AM
But, is there a rule in tennis against drugging your kid's opponents?

I'm surprised that some person isn't here defending this guy. :)