12.03.2009

35 Years

That's the sentence handed down moments ago by a jury for this woman who had been found guilty of possessing a little over 4 grams of methamphetamine in Wise County. Well, we know it was 4 grams of something that had a least some methamphetamine in it, but that really doesn't matter. The range was 25 years to Life because she had been sent to prison twice for drugs in the 1990s. There were no property or violent crimes in her past. Just dope. And probably the saddest thing was that she had no one come to court on her behalf. Not even a friend or family member to sit in the gallery as support. As her defense lawyer said, "No one cares about her at all." Edit: A faithful (and hawt) reader sends me this ironic headline from yesterday: "A U.S. federal judge sentenced a kingpin of Mexico's powerful Juarez drug cartel to 27 years in prison for smuggling at least 200 tons of cocaine into the United States, authorities said on Wednesday."

62 comments:

Anonymous said...

evidently, she cares very little herself.

Anonymous said...

2

= electric chair

Anonymous said...

As I sit here holding back tears I......oh never mind.

Anonymous said...

Preposterous. No crimes in her history at all except drug possession, and now we (the taxpayers) will be paying for her care, feeding, and shelter for probably the rest of her life.

THIS is what our "war on drugs" has brought us to.

We should have let her destroy herself in peace, at least until she actually DID something to hurt somebody else.

Anonymous said...

It's incredibly important to learn to love yourself in life.

Anonymous said...

After years and years and years of support you finally realize that they have to help themselves. I know from experience. After years of support, help, money, and more help, love, and money they do it all over again and every time they are sorry and will never do it again!!! I am not sure prison will do any good but I don't know any other option. I do know we as taxpayers can't keep paying to put more and more and more in prison, so what is the answer???

Anonymous said...

Count me as one who couldn't care less.

Anonymous said...

She'll get plenty of love and affection in the joint.

Maybe you can pay her a conjugal visit, Green, since you're so sad for her. Cheer her up a little. And I do mean "little."

Remote Controller said...

Selling drugs means she had money, if she had money then she was spending, which in turn helped the economy.

Now the economy has to pay for her. Something isn't right. Maybe we should make drug dealers the politicians (oh wait, they already are)

Anonymous said...

Drugs are bad.

Anonymous said...

Just say no to drugs.

Anonymous said...

We are so quick to claim how sacred life is when speak about fetuses, but we could care less about a grown woman's life? She's a drugie. Lock her up for 35 years. Who cares.

Why don't we care?

Anonymous said...

who is it?

The Devil said...

She is a regular Pablo Escobar. We can all feel safe tonight knowing that her and her 4 grams will be locked up and away from the public.

Anonymous said...

There you go with drug offenses being "victimless" crimes...come on, Barry, no one was there for her because she had probably sucked them all dry, stealing, promising to get better, stealing, doing more drugs, stealing, you know the drill. You have no idea the victims involved in someone's life that has a drug or alcohol problem, nor how far reaching the problem is. Her family probably did everything they could do at some point, and there just comes a time that they have to destroy themselves...you can't force someone to get better. I don't pretend that the justice system has all the answers, but there has to be some consequences for the actions of these individuals. These people know it is against the law, like it or not, and they know, just as everyone who drinks and drives...if you get caught, you're going to jail and you will suffer the consequences, whatever they may be.

Anonymous said...

Banjo lessons would have been so much better.

Danny Boy said...

To 3:00

1) I am for a woman having the right to choose

2) the main difference is a fetus has done nothing, this woman CHOSE to be a druggie who obviously struggled for more than a decade with it.

Drug sentences need to be reigned in, getting 25 years for what appears to be possesion W/O intent to sell seems excessive. That not withstanding, this woman knew she was doing something highly illegal and got caught. Her family probably disowned her as well as friends for a good reason.

Anonymous said...

I know an old man got 50 yrs for his 9th DWI. He was mid 50's when he went in. Did 6 yrs and is back out now. They even gave him a drivers license again. He still drinks. Go figure

Anonymous said...

Don't send drug dealers to prison. It is a waste of tax money. I'm sure the Afgan's would love to see them in camo. That's it....let's draft them into the service of their country. Gee, sometimes I just amaze myself. Just think, no more crowded prisons, no flag-draped coffins to cry over, just leave them where they fall. After all, nobody cared for them anyway. Who knows we might save some innocent person's life.

Anonymous said...

2:28...If you think the taxpayers were not paying for her before her sentence, you might want to re-think that.

Anonymous said...

Well, what would you have the jury do for her Barry? Turn her loose, give her a hug and a kiss and say, "love ya sweetie, sorry bout the problems, now get back to your drugs".......

..the law sends folks up for these kinds of things, and with this bad economy, we'll see more.

Lots of security in jails and prisons these days. Our tax dollars at work.

Anonymous said...

NO FKN WAY! That just makes me sick to my stomach, UGH! Who gave the criminal justice system the right to treat people with addiction???? To fkn prison????? A country with the largest prison population in the world? This has to be joke, and Barry, it's not funny

wordkyle said...

It's hard not to have sympathy for a human being who has reached this point without having any friends or family who care about her. Is it reasonable to assume that given her two previous incarcerations for drugs, this woman has had some drug counseling in the past? If so, it apparently didn't work. What else can society do with (or for) her? It appears that she's been in a downward spiral for years. Your comment that there were no property or violent crimes in her past is an assumption -- you mean she hasn't been arrested for those things. It's as wrong to portray her as a victim as it is to portray her as a one-woman crime spree. However, this is her third conviction. Given her priors, she had to know there are consequences for her actions. Now she has to experience those consequences.

A sad situation for a sad person.

Anonymous said...

Dude, She gets free Health Care!

Red Nick

Anonymous said...

poor meth head..... you mean the only crime she got caught at !!

Anonymous said...

We all do something to get our fix
Just like Felix with his bag of tricks.
Smoke,drink,maybe prescription is your thing.
Dont act like you never dull the pain.
Whats your poison and dont you lie!
Even if your just fat and downed the whole pie.
We all do something now dont we?

God bless you lady.

Anonymous said...

Jesus loves her. Thank God that He is still there with a kind of love we can't understand.

Anonymous said...

It's cheaper to keep her.

Anonymous said...

We are stuck in the stone age. How ridiculous spending resources procecuting these people. It's their bodies, let them ingest what they want. Supposedly we are a "free" country.

Anonymous said...

Just give me one night with her before she goes in!!! I think she is hot!!!!!

Anonymous said...

It appalls me the disdain with which some of you hold Barry's compassion for another human being.

We all have weaknesses/flaws. Being a slave to drugs is a human weakness. Some people manage their weaknesses better than others; some people have worse weaknesses than others.

But, dear God, I have no idea how you can read about this woman and turn a icy shoulder to her plight, &/or make cutting remarks towards those that do feel for her.

The humanity!

Double Fake Sigmund Freud said...

She probably wouldn't have lasted long back in the Stone Age, no pun intended, because she apparently has some innate weakness that would have lead to her premature death.

Anonymous said...

You going to post the plea offer that she didn't take?

Anonymous said...

Drugs are bad, mmkay?

Methhead go to jail, mmkay?

Don't want you in society, mmkay?

Take the liberals with you, mmkay?

Anonymous said...

Why is everyone so excited about this specific situation? I mean does anyone truly beleive that our justice system works as it is theoretically supposed to? Do facts matter?..... NO. Does previous activities of the accused matter?....... NO. Does a lack of evidence matter?...... NO. So what matters? The only thing that matters is that you secure the most unethical, skilled at deception, dramatic, connected-good-ole-boy lawyer that you can buy. Oh, I'm sorry, you don't have any money???? then you go to jail. it really is that simple.

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe it......Wordy has become (somewhat) liberal..... BG, are you getting to a conservative?

Wow! PROGRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wordkyle said...

711 - It's not quite that cold yet. You seem to be suffering from some misconceptions of what Conservatism is all about. Among other virtues, Conservatives acknowledge that human beings are imperfect. "Upon recognition of individual fallibility, respect for property, and acceptance of natural, inescapable differences among men rests the tranquility of the human race."

Besides, if I had turned Liberal, I wouldn't have been able to use the phrase "consequences for her actions."

Unfatcat said...

Amidst all the preaching, thank you 2:28 for being clear headed instead of reactive. Drug addiction is a disease that is draining our country only because of the so called War on drugs. What I want to know is, how can you wage a war against an inanimate object and why does the justice(and I use the word loosely)system think that everybody that uses drugs is bound to commit a crime against their fellow man. If that were the case at least 80 percent of the country would be in jail. There are a number of meth addicts and it is very sad but I can attest to relatives that were so hooked on prescription drugs that they cut at least ten years off their lives and 25 years off of their productivity.
It ain't working and it is doing nothing but making the situation worse. If you take the risk away you take the profit away and the only people making meth will be the users who will be dead within a few years anyway. Problem solved, no thanks to the politicians who for the most part, prolong their sacred "War on Drugs" so that the people who work in the Justice field(sorry Barry)can make tons of money on other people's(mostly poor people's) misfortunes.
Sorry for all you folks that don't see past your nose but that's the way it is here in the New Nited States.

Unfatcat said...

5:31,5:54 and 6:24, you get it. Apparently WordBile and his band of hard hearts don't.
Also 2:28, take heart. You are among the folks that have a conscience.
I believe the latest count of states coming to their senses on the Pot issue is 18 and growing. It's a shame there are so many rednecks in Texas. I will never understand how a Yankee from Maine who's only experience was having a President for a father defeated Ann Richards who in her short term did more good for Texas than the last three Repub Governors combined.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait until I'm dead and don't have to worry about all this shiate any more.

Anonymous said...

I guess I'm gonna quit worrying about it all and not be dead first. Otherwise how much would I enjoy the liberation?

Anonymous said...

Although a conservative, I have usually found some source of intelligence and wisdom in Barry's liberal arguments. That all ended when he proclaimed illegal drug use a victimless crime. I have been in law enforcement 22 years and more often than not, a theft, assault, or child neglect/abuse can be traced to drugs in one way or another.

Anonymous said...

If this was Dallas we could do a DNA test and get her released!

Any change for a Pardon?


Red Nick

Anonymous said...

I wish all of you well meaning weenies would lay off of these crystal methodists. I find them to be quite friendly. They always are trying to offer me some gum. But one time this one forgot to take out her teeth.

wordkyle said...

Wow. Apparently smoking dope makes you angry and unfocused.

Anonymous said...

Of course it's sad. But we don't know any of the story. Maybe she did have those that loved her over and over and over and she screwed them over and over and over until those loved ones couldn't take it any more. Maybe she has had chance after chance. Maybe some of those that care for her were not able to be there. Or maybe she didn't tell them. Maybe she does deserve another chance. Then another chance. Then another chance. Then another chance. Maybe she has caused harm to others and we just don't know it. Suppose she got some others hooked along the way? Suppose we don't know who she's robbed. Think she's going to tell all? And yeah, maybe she's been a victim and got into it without thinking she had much choice. At any rate, we are seeing the last few seconds of this person's life movie and we think we're qualified to know the whole story. We know very little; except apparently we're all disgusted with everyone involved, or not involved, except her.

Anonymous said...

When someone can bring back to life the family whose bodies I had to help extract from a tangled mess of a highway accident that was caused by a guy that crossed a median because he was making a curve too fast because he and his addict buddy were speeding from a house they had just robbed, I'll be OK with the "drugs are a victimless crime bit". 1988, Highway 43 in south Mississippi, four days before Christmas.

Anonymous said...

cmon, 35 years, for mere Possession!
of < 4 grams?

you'd think from this harsh a sentence she was caught smoking it with bin laden.

the nazi's are officially out of control and getting worse.

Mein uber bruder kyle

Proud Newarkian! said...

Despite being a Conservative, I seriously find this appalling! 35 in prison years for possession? Murderers and child molesters receive less than that! Whats wrong with our Justice system?

wordkyle said...

I agree that 35 years seems harsh. What sentence, then, would be appropriate? Ten years? Five? Fifteen? (Sorry, "no jail time at all" isn't a reasonable response for a third-time offender.) It's probably safe to assume that she will get out without having to serve the full 35 years. (It seems as though these sentences are only suggestions, or worst case scenarios.) If she gets out in five, or ten, or fifteen years, will the 35-year sentence be more acceptable? Or should they have sentenced her to five years, out in eighteen months? I don't profess to know the right answer, but let's face it -- it's a difficult question.

Sprechen Sie nicht für andere, falscher Bruder. (Mindestens Sie lassen zu, dass ich bin "über" mensch.) Möglicherweise bedeuteten Sie "anderer Bruder"?

RPM said...

[a young couple let their toddler drown in a bathtub while they were stoned]
Officer Bill Gannon: After twenty-five years on the job, it's finally happened.
Friday: What's that, Bill?
Officer Bill Gannon: I'm going to be sick.
[hands the bag of marijuana to Friday and runs out of the room]

Anonymous said...

That is the sentence that a jury of citizens set for her. I guess the first two chances weren't enough. In today's society, some think we should give unlimited chances at everything. It's always someone else's fault. The jury has spoken and justice has been handed out. Quit your crying. She should have taken the previous chances and made good on them. She has NO ONE TO BLAME but herself and a society that says here's one more chance!

Anonymous said...

1:36 - good comments. Frankly, I'd like to let the grand jury send up child molesters. After all, they hear the "evidence" and determine the thing goes to trial. Then all the money is spent, the courtroom theatrics begin, juries are inconvenienced from their jobs, and on and on.....

So much of this so called "justice" system is flawed.

Anonymous said...

She should not have asked for a jury trial, they are fickle. Driving drunk is a victimless crime, most of the time, but eventually someone is a victim.

Anonymous said...

This is sad. She gets about the same sentence as the guy who raped his niece.

Drug laws in this country have turned us into prison nation. We have more people in prison than any nation in the world due primarily to drug charges.

Welcome to the United Prisoners of America.

Anonymous said...

She will be out in 17 with good behavior!

Anonymous said...

War on Dugs = Big money for all involved

It has nothing to do with right or wrong....just money

Proud Newarkian! said...

Kyle, I agree, distribution/possession of illegal drugs is a VERY serious crime. She should definitely serve prison time! But as I have previously stated, murders and child molesters routinely receive far more lenient sentences! In my personal opinion, you can't even begin to compare drug-dealing with the heinous crime of murder. Give her 15 year, out in 5.

Anonymous said...

12:49 Here the kicker....this lady did not do that nor did she do anything remotely like that.

So, I guess your saying this case is one of those "just in case it happens" kind of imprisonments?

wisenurse said...

Hey 5:54 wonder if you would be so free with your compassion if your child, mother, husband (you get the picture) was killed by a drug addict, driving while high, robbed and killed for money take your compassion somewhere else - I had two family members killed by a meth head that was high while driving - think before you type - hope you never experience that kind of loss. You idiot

Anonymous said...

She purchased dope therefore she helped fund crime. You have to use your thinker just a little deeper. Its not just the meth head.... follow the crime chain.

chupacabra said...

Poor woman. A hundred years from now people will shake their heads in disbelief when they learn how we treated other human beings with substance abouse problems. And I know the irony of the last "edit" is lost on most.
She is a human being and YES, it could have been you or someone you know.