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1.18.2012

Does This Look Like A Man Convicted In The War On Drugs In Wise County Today?


This is an interesting one.

He's 71 years old and was stopped in Bridgeport for an alleged traffic violation. He had about 25 grams of meth on him which is a pretty good bunch -- even for Wise County.  He admitted it was his  -- guilt was not an issue -- which is one of the reasons the jury took a whole six minutes to convict him.  (I think the defense lawyer was alleging there wasn't a traffic violation and wanted that issue submitted to the jury. If there wasn't, they could find him not guilty due to an illegal traffic stop.)

I think he has about six prior drug charges and has been to the pen at least two times before. I'm not sure, but I know his history "ain't good."   Because of this, he could receive any where from 25 years to life in prison for his new conviction.  (Early parole laws apply. However, no one can accurately predict when he would get out regardless of the sentence.)

I know the plea bargain offer before trial was 60 years in prison, so it's not a case the defendant wanted to try. But what did he really have to lose by turning down that offer?

Someone said to me yesterday that the defendant, if convicted, would have more security than most Americans when is all said and done. For the rest of his life he'll have free food. free housing, and free health care. Heck, we may all be wanting to walk around with a bag of dope in front of the cops when we're 71.

There has to be a better way.

(Technically, when the hearing occurs before the judge to assess punishment, the State could "waive" the two enhancement paragraphs alleging prior prison trips and that would knock the punishment range down to 2 to 20 years. I don't need six minutes to make a guess as to whether that will happen, however.)

Edit: One of the commentors says I'm wrong about his history in that he had six prior trips to the pen. I wasn't wrong. I said he had "at least two" (that's why the minimum sentence is 25) and that his history "ain't good." That same person said I'm wrong on the plea bargain offer. Ok, I'll admit I'm wrong if both the prosecutor and the defense lawyer lied to me.

40 comments:

Hot Flash Mammy said...

Hell, look at him. Who do you think?

RPM said...

Forrest's Momma was right.

DF Nolan said...

According to the Rangers' website they have officially signed Yu.

Anonymous said...

Old people shouldn't get a break, just because they're old. The premise of our judicial system is that everyone is treated equally, under due process of law.

On the up side, he won't be that appealing to the prison rapists.

Anonymous said...

Addiction is an horrific state in which to be.
Addicted to anything.

Anonymous said...

The TDC is becoming a nursing home for old farts because of these stupid mandatory sentences. If he is driving while intoxicated because of drugs then that is one thing. To just possess them is another. We have a pretty good DA in this County, but one has to ask why you our DA is wasting county resources to try him and state resources to house him. I guess it will send a message to all of the other 71 year olds out there not to use drugs.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

25 grams of meth? And Six Priors?

Umm, yeah, I could care less about whether he gets a paid nursing home. I DO care that we get cut off a guy like him from distributing.

Anonymous said...

Get to be 71 and I will spot you all the dope you want.. I never understood the objection to terminal cancer patients getting weed. We're afraid it might be harmful to their health??

Anonymous said...

Sad that we throw people away for things that shouldn't be illegal to begin with.

Anonymous said...

Wrong again, counselor. It was 13 prior felony convictions and six trips to prison since 1961, and proof that the man was bringing in a huge amount of meth and selling it in Wise County. You got the plea offer wrong along with most of your other "facts". When are you going to bother to provide accurate information before you comment on these matters? Not holding my breath.

Anonymous said...

If he was stopped for no front Lic. plate then he may get off. The sate forgot to add the punishment to the offense, noo punishment, no violation.

Anonymous said...

Dont make me take my Dentures out, Double Fake Mark Byers

Anonymous said...

If you've ever dealt with a doped-up meth head ringing your doorbell at 3:30am you would be a big proponent of the war on drugs.

The Donald said...

Bitter beer face man?

Anonymous said...

He should have stuck with smokin' that weed.

Anonymous said...

I'm 66 years old & ain't trading places with him. Free housing, free meals, or free healthcare.
I was raised differently.

Anonymous said...

Great points 9:46 - exactly the point - and we can wonder what kind of nutty family he came from.

Put the old geezer away. He's not going to change at his age. He's already self destructed.

Get him put away for the remainder of his sad life, so he can't get some other kid hooked on meth.

Anonymous said...

Well, counselor, let's just say that I'm pretty confident I know what the prosecutor told you (unless it was not the one who tried the case) and it wasn't 40 ... if you get my drift here.

Anonymous said...

Was there evidence of distribution? Isn't there another answer to addiction? -isn't he a prime example that jails alone aren't the answer? the cycle continues from generation to generation- War on Drugs? who/what is the enemy specifically-seems like only casualties are citizens being stereotyped/profiled because of a disease/disorder called addiction,and humiliated,helpless,perplexed family and friends,etc. 25 years??! 6 times in prison didn't sway his choices-first time should have--

Anonymous said...

I'm with 9:46, too, except that I was raised to said that I was reared differently. ;)

Anonymous said...

Some people have a very sad destiny..I refuse to judge him.

Anonymous said...

I have a really good feeling he don't give a Harry Rats ass what he gets because it's got to be better than what he had.

He get's free room and bored,a boyfriend,dental,medical and he knows he hasn't got but a few years left.

The state will pay his funeral expenses so he has nothing to lose except a few years of freedom and he could die of a heart attack tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Prisons aren't the answer obviously. I don't know of anyone that prison helped with addiction.
Locking them up like animals only makes them worse. Besides they probably get drugs in prison I hear.

Anonymous said...

He get's free room and bored?

Really? get's? Bored?

Utterly amazing the number of people that cannot use the English language properly.

Anonymous said...

Mistake in my previous post when I said it wasn't 40 that I told you ... I meant it wasn't 60. Guess that enlightens things.

Anonymous said...

He will get better care than Sunny Hills. He's not dumb after all.

Anonymous said...

9:28
Excuse me but that's "Udderly amazing".

KILLER said...

Does a Senior Citizen in jail still collect Social Security?

Anonymous said...

10:49 No!

Anonymous said...

10:49 IF he is eligible for SS, the money would be sent to the state, but I don't think he is eligible when he is in jail.
Anybody know?

Anonymous said...

I doubt he paid enough in to SS to qualify, as he seemed to have made his money tax free selling drugs?

Anonymous said...

I said bored because that's what he'll be.

Anonymous said...

Hey 10:45 - Utterly -adverb
in an utter manner; completely; absolutely.

udderly - No results found for udderly:

Dipwad

Anonymous said...

And to think he's only 34 years old.

Anonymous said...

Typical liberal, Mr. Green. Blame everyone but the criminal for his behavior.

Anonymous said...

3:28
Relax, I was joking and you're way too serious. Get it "Udder".
Are you a conservative?

Anonymous said...

He's qualified to be a Runaway Bay Club member!

Anonymous said...

That would be breathing, wouldn't it?

Anonymous said...

Dumb A#@ Cracker.....

Anonymous said...

Word on the street has it he's a junior at Alvoid High.