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08-25-07, 10:03 AM #1
Need more judges like this
Louisiana Judge Gives Man 75 Years in Prison for $75 Holdup
Friday, August 24, 2007
NEW ORLEANS — The judge gave a man convicted of holding up a cab driver one year in prison for each dollar taken -- 75 dollars, 75 years.
And 27-year-old Jarvis Turner faces a murder trial before the same judge, for allegedly shooting another cab driver the day after the $75 holdup.
Judge Ben Willard sentenced Turner on Thursday for the armed robbery in August 2004. It was Turner's first felony conviction in New Orleans. The crime can bring 10 to 99 years in prison.
Jurors took only 35 minutes to convict Turner on Aug. 6 of holding up Dwayne Garrison, who had just picked him up in the 9th Ward.
Turner did not testify. Garrison did.
Turner is scheduled for trial in October on a charge of first-degree murder, which has only two possible sentences: life in prison or death by injection.
He and Zakendrick Williams, 20, are accused of shooting Roberto Gonzales, 56, in the head with a .45-caliber pistol 15 minutes after he headed out to pick up his final fare of the night.
Codefendant Gerard Stewart, 21, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of armed robbery and agreed to testify against Turner and Williams, who will be tried separately before Willard.
08-25-07, 10:07 AM #2
HEHHEEH!!!!! IF he slammed him with 75 years for 75 dollars, I cant wait so see what he gets for the murder charge!!http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...ndid=197722498
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08-25-07, 11:23 AM #3
I can see the ACLU and many other Liberal organizations having a field day over this one.
Cudos to the Judge!!!!!!!"An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
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08-25-07, 11:46 AM #4
08-25-07, 12:01 PM #5Rookie
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Some years ago in the county next to ours the circuit court judge sentenced a man to 75 years flat for robbing and killing a store owner. Of course he appealed the sentence to the supreme court, who in all their wisdom sent the case back to the judge to "reconsider" his sentence.
Att he reconsideration hearing the judge made this ruling "I did not stutter the first time when I sentenced you to 75 years and I am not stuttering this time, sentence remains 75 years"
Sometimes we find a good judgeStay safe, let's all go home.
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I agree completely. Why have laws if you're not going to enforce them? If the criminal knows, when he is committing a crime, that he probably won't spend too much time in jail, he won't hesitate. But if he knows that he's likely to spend the better part of his life in jail, he just might reconsider.
08-25-07, 02:13 PM #7
Exactly, Sara! I upset a local deputy district attorney during a discussion (outside the courtroom) over a possible plea bargain, giving the defendants 180 days county time, to be served on weekends, and probation. I chuckled and said, "That's what they all get anyway, so..." Oooohh, the DA was not pleased!! Mind you, these were repeat offenders and I've had several recent examples of such pleas, even when the defendant was already on probation for the same crime I'd arrested them on. The weekend time is actually a way to try to deal with the jail overcrowding so that fewer are being released early and absolved of their time commitment completely. Still, I'm all for putting tents out, a la Sheriff Joe in Maricopa County, if it will mean real consequences will be met out!The true measure of your character is what you choose to do when you think no one is looking.
08-25-07, 03:38 PM #8
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