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Old 02-23-2012, 04:58 AM
 
Location: tampa bay
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Why wouldn't the jury at least recommend the max of 40???I hope the judge does the right thing gives him the 40 and the 20... hopefully they can run the sentences consective and not concurrently! He took a young girls life and if he gets out at all...he should be an old man...we don't need another middle aged man with anger issues walking the streets!!
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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From what I read, the judge can give the recommended sentence or lesser...

but not more... so it is no more than 26
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:13 AM
 
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Why wouldn't the jury at least recommend the max of 40???I hope the judge does the right thing gives him the 40 and the 20... hopefully they can run the sentences consective and not concurrently! He took a young girls life and if he gets out at all...he should be an old man...we don't need another middle aged man with anger issues walking the streets!!
The sentence given is based on comparable cases in the state or county. If a number of comparable cases (based on the objective facts) in the state of VA resulted in 25-26 year sentences, the judge can't really sentence him to 40 years. Obviously, the judge has some discretion and can maybe push it to 30 years if he feels this case is a bit worse than all the other comparable cases, but there has to be some consistency when it comes to sentencing.

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Old 02-23-2012, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Keystone State
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From what I read, the judge can give the recommended sentence or lesser...

but not more... so it is no more than 26
Wow...so the judge can't give him more than the recommended? Does the 26 years include both guilty counts?
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:27 AM
 
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Yes....25 for the murder, 1 for the laptop larceny
CNN reports the judge has no leeway other than to accept the suggested 26 or impose a lesser sentence...not more.


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Wow...so the judge can't give him more than the recommended? Does the 26 years include both guilty counts?
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Keystone State
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Yes....25 for the murder, 1 for the laptop larceny
CNN reports the judge has no leeway other than to accept the suggested 26 or impose a lesser sentence...not more.
So, he'll get time served for the larceny since he's spent 21 months in jail and if the judge gives him the max of the 26, he'll be 48 when he gets out...that could be scary! His anger is out of control now, imagine what it will be in 24 years!
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:59 AM
 
Location: VA soon to be NC
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He very well could quell his anger as he ages and mellows out..A lot of it is immaturity .
The judges tend to side with the jurors recommendation in Viginia..Also there is no parole so it possible he is out in 15 years with good behavior .. I agree with the 2nd degree verdit .
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:52 AM
 
Location: The "Rock"
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Apparently

1 Life = 25 Years

SMH
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:17 PM
 
Location: tampa bay
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I really don't understand... a young woman is beaten to death in her bed and her murderer will walk free when he is still young enough to have many long healthy years ahead of him...where is the justice??Will the victim ever marry??Ever hold the hand of her child??Or even feel the warmth of the sunlight on her face???No but the man who took her life will!
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:35 PM
 
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Raging alcoholism might have played a huge role as well.

Although I don't like the recommended sentence, seems too light, do agree w/2nd degree murder (based on what I have read etc).

We the armchair jury ... never see all the info the jury gets...





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He very well could quell his anger as he ages and mellows out..A lot of it is immaturity .
The judges tend to side with the jurors recommendation in Viginia..Also there is no parole so it possible he is out in 15 years with good behavior .. I agree with the 2nd degree verdit .
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