If anything, his being rich makes it worse, whether he’s spoiled, or down-to-earth, because a rich guy could have found another way home from the airport. A rich guy can afford to take a cab home, even if it’s a $75 fare, the sort of thing that might make a less wealthy person choose to drive home even though he knows he’s impaired (not that it justifies it; it just means the poorer guy is between a rock and a hard place, and maybe has to sit at the airport Starbucks for five hours until he’s sober enough not to kill anyone).
I’m usually all about second chances, but this is beyond the pale-- also, this was under the guy’s control. He wasn’t responding to some compulsion, or desperation. He had all sorts of places where he could have made a different choice: he could have drunk less on the plane; he could have taken a cab home; he could have called one of those 92 people for a ride; he could have checked into a hotel near the airport (there are always hotels in shuttle distance, and rich guys can afford to go to an hotel to crash until they are sober enough to drive).
I’ll write to him in prison, and I’ll give him rides when he’s out and his license is suspended, but he should do every bit of time the law allows. This is the kind of thing that needs to stand as an example, in addition to the fact that this guy himself really just needs to have it driven home that there are event horizons you can cross, from which nothing can bring you back.
I’m not even interested in the number or ages of his victims. I’d feel the same way if he’d hit a lone shmuck.