Last week in upstate New York, another atrocity was perpetrated by an evil man that came to possess lethal weapons. A felon murderer set a trap for firefighters responding to the arson fire that he had set and shot two of them to death, this occurring as he was murdering the sister with whom he shared a house, but is said to have despised.
It is gratifying to learn of the arrest of the woman that allegedly purchased guns for this beast that he was not permitted to own. I wonder, though, what her fate will be if and when she is convicted. Will she receive a sentence of 25 years in prison or more? Although she facilitated these murders, it is not likely that the woman will serve much, if any time in prison because providing weapons to violent felons is not something which our justice system has demonstrated that it takes seriously even when deaths are the result.
I would also assert in reviewing the details of this case that there is a serious problem with the amount of time individuals who have committed grave crimes are sentenced to spend in prison and in how soon they are paroled. This perpetrator had slaughtered his grandmother through beating her with a hammer, yet he was deemed ready for release to the streets after 17 years behind bars.
Would most individuals who commit such an unspeakable crime ever become a good risk as a free man? Could we reasonably conclude that such a twisted person was rehabilitated while in prison, ready to be a solid citizen in the community? Would our judges release violent criminals with long rap sheets if they bore some type of responsibility when that person commits another serious crime? Would judges release them if the parolee was to live next door to them?