Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Even-handed justice?

Just wondering ... A man who tried to set his home on fire with gasoline last year was sentenced to 90 years in prison.

The sentence includes three consecutive 25-year terms for the attempted murders of his wife, son and daughter, plus 15 more years in prison for attempted arson. Read the Orlando Sentinel story here.

Nobody was hurt in that incident.

But the boys who kicked, punched and stomped Michael Roberts to death as he begged for his life will serve no more than 35 years. And they'll be eligible to be released from prison for good behavior once they complete 85 percent of their sentences. See previous post here.


At 4:16 PM, Blogger alyceclover said...

I suppose in the first case, if the man were released, he could finish what he started, and actually murder the wife, and children.

The boys, could come out and kill again. Even if they serve 20 years, they will be young enough to renew their lives, tho' unlikely, they'll have become hardened criminals. They took a man's life, in brutal fashion, I think lifetime sentence approriate. Might send a lesson to citizens that it's not ok to kill homeless people. But when people think it's ok to make it a crime to sit or sleep, who knows.


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