Monday, November 3, 2008

WTF??? 46

Convicted child-killer to be sentenced in Idaho
BOISE, Idaho – Federal prosecutors in Idaho say a convicted child-killer already sentenced to die should get three additional life prison terms.
Joseph Edward Duncan III is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in Boise on seven federal counts stemming from his 2005 kidnapping and sexual exploitation of a northern Idaho boy.
U.S. Attorney Tom Moss argues in court papers that Duncan's conduct is "perhaps the most horrific, cruel and depraved criminal episode in Idaho's history."
Duncan was sentenced to death in August for the 2005 kidnapping, sexual exploitation and murder of 9-year-old Dylan Groene (GROAN'-ee). The 45-year-old convicted pedophile also murdered Dylan's mother, older brother and his mother's fiance, and kidnapped his younger sister.
Information from: The Spokesman-Review,

Um, why waste taxpayers' money and tie up the courts to try to add life sentences onto a death sentence? Unless they plan to give him a life sentence hanging by his scrotum for the next 40 years, just kill his ass and get it over with-- I guess it looks good on paper though...


joe bloke said...

see, now multiple life sentences isn't something we do around these parts. we kinda figure that one life sentence might do it.

so, how does it work? if you get three life sentences, do you stay in prison until you die, and then they bury you in the prison grounds and dig you up & turf you out after two times however many years you lived for is over? or is giving you three life sentences just an unduly costly and long-winded way of saying " you ain't never getting out? "

Lisa_mynx said...

that's pretty much it-- we have guys who get sentenced for 1000's of years sometimes

Tommy O'C said...

There is always the possibility that his conviction for murder could be overturned on appeal or commuted to life. Not likely, but it could happen.

Also, your jurisdiction probably does impose multiple life sentences in the most heinous of cases. "Life" in prison seldom means that the convicted will be incarcerated for the remainder of his natural life. He could be eligible for parole in 15-25 years.

Adding multiple life sentences means the convicted will not be eligible for parole for, say, 75, 100 years or longer. As silly as it may sound, there are legal reasons for adding multiple life terms, so that the convicted will never be eligible for parole.

This way, one way or another, society will be rid forever of someone who is clearly the worst kind of career predator.

Lisa_mynx said...

i just figure once someone is given the death penalty, life sentences are a bit worthless...

thanks for commenting