Thursday, April 17, 2014

Man waits 13 years for instructions to go to prison...

This morning, I read a news story about a guy who committed armed robbery with a BB gun back in 1999.  Cornealious Anderson of St. Louis, Missouri was given a prison sentence of 13 years, but instead of taking him directly to jail after the sentencing, he was told to go home and wait for instructions.  He went home and waited 13 years before a SWAT team was dispatched to his home to pick him up.

Here's the crazy part.  Over the past 13 years, Anderson has turned his life around.  He got a job, got married, had kids, started his own businesses, and paid taxes.  He never hid from the law.  He even got pulled over for traffic violations and never set off any alarms.  Imagine how shocked he must have been when he was visited by a SWAT team while feeding his three year old daughter.

So now Mr. Anderson is in prison, paying his "debt" to society.  I know he broke the law years ago and should have gone to prison then.  But honestly, the local law enforcement agency royally fucked this up.  Anderson did what they told him to do.  Yes, he could have presented himself to the authorities and asked them what to do, but honestly, how many people are in a hurry to go to prison?

In the meantime, Anderson has become a fine, upstanding citizen.  How does it serve society to make him go to prison now?  Why not have him do community service?  The way it is now, he's a tax burden instead of a contributing, tax paying contributor to society.  He has kids who are growing up without their father, which could put them at risk.

As it stands now, it won't surprise me if he doesn't end up serving the 13 years he was supposed to serve.  But maybe I'm too optimistic.

In other news...  

Bill has been invited to New York City for yet another interview with the company who has been giving him the "rush" since last month.  If all goes well, we could be moving to Seattle in a couple of months.  Or we could be moving somewhere else.  All I have to say is that at this point, it doesn't look like we'll be staying in San Antonio.

I have been looking at home prices in the Seattle area and I fear that our dream of home ownership may have to be put on the back burner again.  On the other hand, this is probably going to be a great opportunity for Bill if he gets this job.  It also looks like the field he's going into is going to be red hot for years to come and potentially very lucrative.  I might have to study cyber security myself.

None of the government/contracting jobs Bill has applied for are looking promising at this point.  But again, it's kind of early…




2 comments:

  1. I think they should let him go with time served. if he serves his full sentence, he'll be one of the first, but nothing surprises me very much anymore. What royal screw-ups.

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    1. Yeah, for real. They really need to look at the big picture. Long prison sentences should be reserved for people who are truly dangerous. This man has proven he's not dangerous. This isn't to say he shouldn't be punished somehow, but I think putting him in prison punishes taxpayers.

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