Ramblings of Silver Blue


19 May

Open the Gates Of Hell

We need to quit being soft on criminals, especially murderers, and definitely with those who plead guilty, and then turn around and do it again.

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (AP) — Tony Pope went to prison for bludgeoning his girlfriend to death with an iron skillet and was back out on the streets five years later despite a warning from a friend of the victim.

On a 4-0 vote, it released Pope after he had served one-third of his 15-year sentence.

Earlier this month, Pope was charged with killing his wife with a hammer; strangling his 13-year-old stepdaughter; and fatally dropping and punching his 5-week-old son. Investigators said Pope told them his wife was leaving him and taking the children.

Pope, 36, is jailed without bail.

Pope pleaded guilty a decade ago in the 1995 slaying of Susan Yarbrough, 40, at their home in suburban Chattanooga. Pope beat her in the head, ribs and throat so hard that he shattered the 18-inch frying pan, police said.

Dalton said Pope was paroled because he had served the average amount of time for such crimes and because the risk that he would commit another offense was considered low.

At the time, the law said he had to serve one-third of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole. That law has since been changed to 85 percent in second-degree murder cases like Pope’s.

Those who read my blog and/or know me, know that I am a supporter of the death penalty, especially in cases where there is no question as to the guilt of the person accused. This comes from when I was a senior in high school, and my best friend, Debbie Dicus, was attacked, attempted to be raped, and beaten to death (the beating so was severe that the guilty party actually BROKE THE WOODEN BUTT OF THE GUN. Because she was not stabbed or shot, and the rape was not successful, the guilty party, was only sentenced to 25 years in prison. For taking the life of another human being.

This “Pope” guy served only five years for beating someone to death with a cast iron frying pan, shattering it in the process? What the hell is wrong with our legal system? Who says that five years is “average time” for such crimes? If they’re guilty beyond all doubt, they should never walk the streets again. They should never see daylight again. Most of all, they should not be supported, in prison, at my expense. Either you work doing WHATEVER (making furniture, license plates, lightbulbs, whatever) for the rest of your life, or you don’t eat. Simple as that.

Now, I’m not advocating doing away with rehabilitation for small time criminals (those who pass bad checks, small-time drug dealers, etc.) We’re talking MURDER here.

Of course there are different kinds of murders…. those battered wives who kill their husbands to save their own lives and those of their children… but that isn’t the case here. We have someone who has taken the lives of four people. Violently.

I say we just dig a hole, fill it with acid, and slowly lower him into it.

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