Jehovah's Witness Elder David L Pleake 51 kills Samantha Semmern

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  • MinisterAmos

    Jehovah's Witness Elder David L Pleake 51, finally gets sentenced for killing Samantha Semmern.

    A big five years. Obviously MURDER is still a joke in WA. Let's hope his cell mates make his stay a memorable one at least and that Jehovah takes notice of what he has done.

    Samantha, at 22 years, had performed more good works than the entire JW congregation of Kennewick, WA.

  • blondie

    Visit the Tri-City Herald

    Friends honor woman with dog chow

    This story was published Friday, February 9th, 2007

    By Michelle Dupler, Herald staff writer

    Friends of Samantha Semmern plan to honor her memory by donating more than 800 pounds of dog food to the animal shelter where she served as a volunteer.

    Monday marks six months since the 22-year-old, known to her loved ones as Sami, was killed by a drunk driver on Highway 240 at Van Giesen Street in Richland.

    The driver, David Pleake, now is serving a nearly five-year prison sentence for her death.

    After the fatal wreck, longtime family friend Mike Wingfield took up the effort to raise money for a memorial bench and signs bearing her picture and the words "Please don't drink and drive."

    The items will be placed near the scene of the accident in about two months, he said. Semmern's family also was involved in the fundraising.

    He found he had about $166 left over after ordering the signs and bench, so Wingfield thought it would be appropriate to support a cause Semmern loved.

    He put in enough money to bring the total up to $200, and took that to Albertson's to buy dog food for the Benton-Franklin Humane Society.

    Albertson's gave him a discount, and his $200 turned into more than 800 pounds of kibble. Wingfield will deliver the bounty to the Humane Society at 2 p.m. today.

    The Benton-Franklin Humane Society relies entirely on community donations to shelter and feed an average of about 20 animals, said Operations Manager Ed Dawson.

    "Whenever anybody donates any supplies for the animals, it's big for us because that's one less thing we end up paying for," he said. "(Semmern) will live on through this donation to us."

    Wingfield has been a close friend of Semmern's mother, Linda Fastabend, for about 30 years, and Semmern and his son were childhood friends. Her death Aug. 12 was a shock to his family, he said.

    "I got the phone call and just ... our whole family was screaming," he said.

    He believes giving something to the Humane Society is an appropriate way to honor her memory.

    "Sami would be thrilled," he said. "She was so into animals and just the thought that there was so much outpouring and something good was coming. ... I want to thank all our friends and family for their outpouring."

    Unfortunately, many state's laws do not reflect that a human life was taken (5 years seems light).

    Here is the previous thread on this:


  • needproof

    :( how sad, that bastard should be hung!

  • free2think

    Very sad

  • blondie

    We should all be careful about drinking and driving. People tend to underestimate the effect of even one drink on their reflexes. Doesn't hurt to have a designated driver or have someone else drive you home.


  • needproof

    yeah, thats one thing I would never tolerate. I have never had alcohol before driving and I want to keep it that way. I am all for drink drivers feeling the full force of the law. Lock em up.

  • badboy

    I understand that test was done on TV where they tested drivers before they drunk 1 pint of alcohol ,and after they drunk one pint of alcohol.

    Even one pint of alcohol affected ability to drive.

  • purplesofa

    I am shocked that he only got five years.

    With all the media and knowledge out there about drinking and driving, there should never be and excuse for this....a life is a life, whether it is murder or accident.......I understand that there are accidental deaths, to be so irriesponsible to drink and drive, the punishment does not fit the death of this young girl. Its like..........oops......sorry.


  • MinisterAmos

    Shoot I'm sorry for re-posting "old light". I thought the sentencing phase had not been touched on but obviously you guys are too sharp for me. On the other hand, the more times "David L Pleake 51 y/o JW Elder" "Murder" and "Drunk-Driving" all show up on Google the better.

    Here's a copy of the note I sent Mr Pleake at his new home:

    We know that it's been difficult
    For you these past few days
    Not everyone can come to terms
    With the plain fact you're now Gay.

    But here's a little note to say
    We're there for you in spades
    So choose your cell mate carefully
    And don't come down with AIDS.

    And when you're in the shower Don't use the word "agape" Your friends will think it's your orifice, And you will end up raped!

  • Woodsman

    The WTS has no problem holding the Catholic Church responsible for the actions of Priests, why don't they take responsibility for the actions of their Elders? They should have paid for the bench and puppy chow.

  • karnage

    Five years?! You can get that and less on a felony drug conviction!! It's obvious what the court thought about Samantha's life.

  • BluesBrother

    Jus a bit of context - this was a news story from last October

    "KENNEWICK, Wash. - Charges were filed Monday in Benton County Superior Court against the man who police said crashed into the car driven by Samantha Semmern.

    The 22-year-old West Richland woman died soon after the crash last August.

    Charching documents say David Pleake was very drunk at the time of the crash.

    At the time of the crash, investigators found an empty beer can in Pleake's car and prosecutors said his blood alcohol level was a .20. The level was almost three times the legal limit when it was tested.

    Samantha was headed east on Van Giesen and as she started driving through her green light, eye witnesses said Pleake ran his red light on Highway 240 and slammed into the driver's side of Samantha's car.

    Pleake did not want to comment on the ordeal and his lawyer Jim Egan has not called us back despite repeated attempts. Samantha's family said they're still processing the news.

    Pleake is an ordained minister, and according to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, is a former elder at the church. "

  • Gill

    It is a very sad story!

    I wonder what the statistics are for alcoholism amongst the JWs.

    I know some of my relatives have drink problems and openly say they cannot relax in the evenings if they have not drank at least a bottle of wine. That is a very sad reflection on, for example, a couple with no children, no known stresses in life apart from being JWs and no money problems. It can be only one thing that is driving them to drink! The JW religion.

  • What-A-Coincidence

    wtf? thanks for making my day :-(

  • VanillaMocha73

    I also saw in one of the news stories that David Pleake had also just completed a sentence previously that ordered him to have an interlock device on his car - he was three months out of that order. And he was an elder? Wonder how he went in service with that on his car? Hmmm.....

  • MinisterAmos

    Drunken Driving Murderer Jehovah's Witness Elder David L Pleake should be out of jail by now.

    Watch out folks!

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