2 women share tragic bond - the same man killed their husbands

2 women share tragic bond - the same man killed their husbands
SEATTLE - A mom whose husband was killed by a drunk driver in 1999 predicted that the man would kill again when he got out of prison.

She wishes that prediction hadn't come true, but it did. Now she and another woman she's never met share a heart-wrenching bond - each blames the same man for killing her husband.

"I still miss him every day," says Dorri Fairbanks, whose husband was killed in 1999.

"I miss his laugh," says Jurene Slick, whose husband was killed last year.

Both families were destroyed by repeat drunk driver James Southard - 13 years apart.

Dorri Fairbanks predicted this.

"I knew when he got out that he wouldn't have learned, and it was going to happen again. I said that when he killed my husband," she says.

Southard was drunk when he plowed into 37-year-old Shawn Fairbanks on Puyallup's River Road in 1999, leaving two young children to grow up without a dad.

"My kids are really hurt," says Dorri Fairbanks. "They're 20 and 18 now. There's a lot of things that he missed, my husband missed seeing them graduate from high school."

Southard was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He served eight - but now he's going back. On Tuesday the 52-year-old pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide.

This time he killed another woman's husband.

Gary Slick was walking in Bonney Lake a year ago when Southard ran him down. Southard will be 70 when his sentence ends this time - and Slick's widow isn't happy.

"I'm disappointed because he's going to have the opportunity to maybe get out," says Jurene Slick.

Two women are widowed because of one reckless driver.

"I'd like to see him get life in prison," says Dorri Fairbanks.

Adds Slick: "If he gets out, I don't have any doubt that he wouldn't do it again."

Southard faces a 27-year prison sentence, but with good behavior he could be out in 18 years.