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on Mar 28, 2011
It is still so sad that this happened to this family. Catherine lost her mother, father & brother all at the same time.
Tragic and so senseless. But, thank God for a responsible jury and an amazing DA. Justice has been served.
The Attorney's Slogan:
"If justice prevails, you can always appeal!"
Hope the Weekly will let us know what the sentencing produces.
Glad to read that the inheritance does not go to a murderer.
My only question is why he is subject to capitol punishment. What would someone have to do in this state to merit that punishment? This guy is a selfish animal.
Correction: My post should read...
My only question is why he is not subject to capitol punishment?
I asked the same question and was told that its much harder to prove. If convicted on a death penalty case he gets many appeals that you and I pay for. Being in prison for the rest of his life will be very hard for this young man.
He will be eligible for parole in 10 years and with the prisons in this state overflowing and no money to pay I would not bet that he will be in prison much over 10 years.
You are probably right. Maybe with his attitude someone will change it for him. He will be poor when he does come out, I guess that is what greed does for you.
How does an environment with the potential for so much good produce a situation that is so tragic?
This is one of those sad moments in Pleasanton history...I'm glad he was convicted.
Justice has been served.
Evidently, the possibility that he would get death penalty was no deterrent for this brutal crime. I recall an earlier report on this trial that the prosecutors chose not to seek capital punishment for this crime. Probably because so much of the evidence was circumstantial. The jury would likely have been more skeptical with the stakes that high. I disagree with the above poster that this guy will be out in 10 years. With a crime of this brutality, it seems unlikely that he'd be paroled (and, according to recent reports, the prison population in the US is actually dropping).
The death penalty is a waste of time and money, at the very least, and is morally ambigouous at the very best. Frankly, I wish we, as a culture, were more grown up than to demand this kind of vengence.
"My only question is why he is not subject to capitol punishment?"
Capitol punishment convictions also carry a 'special circumstances' charge. This can include things like; killing children, an unborn child, someone who is disabled, or extremely heinous crimes which there can truly be no rational defense. Unfortunately, this case did not fall into that special category.
I hope he gets the maximum sentance with no parole.
The article read,"A potential Life in prison WITHOUT the possibility of parole. For the first time in a long time he would truly get what he should.
What a horrible crime! I hope he rots in prison!
Next up for prosecution: PUSD
I'm glad the death sentence didn't come into play here.....death would be getting off easy for this guy. I'd prefer that he spend 23 hours a day in a 8 x 10 cell for the next 50 or so years....and the 23 hours a day he spends in his cell will be a lot less stressful that the 1 hour a day he spends on the yard.....now that's a proper punishment for a crime of this nature. Kudos to the jury.
The death penalty is the best solution, keeping him in the Pen. for the rest of his life will cost ther State money that it doesn't have.
From what i've read (but I have no facts to substantiate this) the so-called experts say that the death penalty is more costly to taxpayers than locking someone up for life.....apparently it's the appeal process that makes the death sentence so costly. Personally, i've never understood why that would be more expensive, but people have been making that claim for years......
This is Tragically sad story - Death Penalty to Good - What a Waste let him sit in the cell - WORK CAMPS - Go Green Clean Energy - Prisoners coud get excersise & walk or run on Tread Mills (add your local excersise club) to Generate Electricity
It seems that it *is* much more costly to carry someone on death row than keep them in prison for the rest of their life. Web Link
"In California, home to the nation's biggest death row population at 667, it costs an extra $90,000 per inmate to imprison someone sentenced to death an additional expense that totals more than $63.3 million annually, according to a 2008 study by the state's Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice."
Whoever wrote that crude comment about the PUSD should be ashamed of themselves!! Grow Up!
This has been nothing but a tragic story, beginning to end. My hat is off to the prosecutors and the jury; NO parole, please. He does not deserve leniency, for he showed none to his beloved parents.
For anyone interested in the death penalty, I highly recommend the book "Dead Man Walking" by Sister Helen Prejean (later made in the movie with Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon). It makes a clear case that the death penalty is not viable... innocent people put to death, very expensive, and subject to racial bias.
I agree with the above poster... a lifetime of work camp would be a great sentence for this offender.
Sheeesh, given the level of vitriol on this and other threads, I'm surprised I haven't read that some of you want to take the guy out and lynch him on account of the state not being able do anything right.
Editors please remove this man's cocky smirk of a face off the story link. I am so sick of looking at his face every time I scan the Weekly to read new stories. He is guilty and I really am tired of looking at his face. Thank you.
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