FlyerNation wrote:Now you know why I've hated the Sens for so long.
I have actively hated them since hiring that murdering drunkard.
That's nonsense! He wasn't drunk & even Snyder's family forgave him.
Heatley will enter the plea on September 16, just two days before Atlanta opens training camp.
A Fulton County grand jury recently indicted Heatley on a first-degree felony charge of vehicular homicide as well as other misdemeanor charges. If the case goes to trial and Heatley is convicted on the felony charge, a sentence of between three and 15 years in prison is possible.
Last September 29, Heatley slammed his Ferrari into a wall at an estimated 80 m.p.h. and Snyder, a passenger in the car, was thrown 30 feet onto the road. He underwent surgery for a fractured skull, but never woke from his coma and died a few days later.
Heatley had been drinking earlier that night, but registered a blood-alcohol level of .01 -- well below the state's limit of .08.
Ed Garland, one of Heatley's attorneys, called the case a "tragic accident" and not a felony.
Heatley suffered a broken jaw, a minor concussion, a contusion on his lung and a bruised kidney during the crash. He underwent successful surgery to repair complete tears of the medial collateral ligament and the anterior cruciate ligament, and to repair the lateral meniscus in his right knee.
After rehabbing the injuries, Heatley returned to the ice in January. He is expected to compete in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey as a member of Team Canada.
Snyder's family has publicly supported Heatley.