I have to admit the purpose of this posting is to allow me to vent. 27 year old Ronald Williams was sentenced to 65 years in prison for the murder of 25 year old Mark Brian Young, Jr.
It is the second headline that really disturbs me, “Defendant’s family gets angry as sentence handed down.”
Ronald Williams has an extensive criminal history of both felonies and misdemeanors. He shot one of his competitors to death in an argument over who sold the most drugs in our community. He still faces charges that after he murdered Mr Young, he broke into the apartment of a witness and briefly held a roommate at gunpoint because the witness was not there. It could easily have become a second or third murder.
His family considers him a good father who supports his five children by selling poison to other people’s children. It seems to me his family must be a big part of the problem if they think a 65 year sentence for a career criminal and murderer is excessive. This is the kind of person who makes the retention of the death penalty necessary.