HOUSTON--A driver is now out of jail after serving time for killing a young man in a drunk-driving accident, but the next phase of his unusual punishment starts this weekend.
A judge has ordered Michael Giacona to wear the placard saying he killed a man in a drunk-driving accident.
The 39-year-old was convicted of DWI in the crash that killed Aaron Coy Pennywell.
Giacona’s van crashed into the 20-year-old’s Mustang at the intersection of Huffmeister and Spring Cypress in April of last year.
The sign reads, "I killed Aaron Pennywell while driving drunk." Giacona will have to wear the placard for four consecutive Saturdays, starting this weekend.
"I loved it because that way he has to show more accountability for what he does and have to let other people know what drunk driving does," said Pam Lewandowski, a friend of the Pennywells.
Aaron’s mother, Kaye Pennywell, says she will come out over the weekend to see if Giacona actually follows the judge’s orders. She says it has been the most difficult year of her life.
"Not seeing his smiling face... his brother... not being there for his brother," said Pennywell.