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My daughter's friend's father was killed last year

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by GWSHARK, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. GWSHARK

    GWSHARK BITEYAHEADOFF

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    Here is her victim statement. So sad.

    http://www.wgrz.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=71189132001

    20-year term set in robbery that led to killing
    By Matt Gryta
    NEWS STAFF REPORTER
    Updated: March 11, 2010, 7:09 am / 0 comments
    Published: March 11, 2010, 12:30 am


    Charles Bryant III was ordered Wednesday to spend up to 20 years in prison for killing a man during a failed stickup in the parking lot of a Jefferson Avenue shopping plaza last summer.

    Bria Toussaint, the 16-year-old daughter of the victim, denounced Bryant for being “stupid enough to shoot” a 40-year-old man in broad daylight.

    Bryant, 20, then apologized “for the pain and suffering that I caused. I know what I did was wrong.”

    Prosecutor Colleen Curtin Gable said Bryant repeatedly shot Terrance Craig even after he collapsed during an aborted stickup. Craig, of Landon Street, the father of five, was shot at about 5:30 p. m. Aug. 13 in a parking lot near East Utica Street.

    State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns imposed the 20-year prison term on Bryant’s Feb. 10 plea to a first-degree manslaughter charge.

    The victim’s family agreed to the reduced charge.

    Bria, a high school student in Chantilly, Va., where she lives with Craig’s former wife, told the judge she had planned an elaborate speech but said she did not believe Bryant would be able to understand the comments. She asked Bryant to look at her, but he continued to stare at Burns.

    Bria told Bryant she hopes he is terrorized daily in prison “so you can feel the pain you caused” her loved ones.

    A female relative of Bryant was escorted from the courthouse after disrupting the court.

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    News clip where it shows the relative of Bryant acting out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jvus81RIEM
     
  2. CC Glock

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    Doesnt sound like manslaughter to me. I hope he gets raped everyday.
     

  3. Glock!9

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    wow, listening to that clip was really hard. I could only think about my daughters having to be in a situation like that.
    Why did they agree to a lesser charge?
     
  4. Ersatz

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    Probably a bird in hand.
     
  5. hill billy

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    Good for her for making those statements to him. I hope she heals.
     
  6. Brian Lee

    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

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    Why should a guy like that only get 2o years instead of life with no parole?

    That's what's wrong with this country. That jerk will get out when he's only 40 and be even worse than he is now.
     
  7. Ersatz

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    Because a judge, prosecutor, and the victim's family agreed to it. I'd say that's what's great about the country; those most informed about the situation make the decisions, as opposed to, say, a perfect stranger.
     
  8. Carrys

    Carrys Inquisitive

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    Interesting how these guys always know what they did was "wrong", after they get caught.

    Not a care before they act.
     
  9. Brian Lee

    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

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    The victims family probably agreed only because the alternative was to risk that the guy would get no jail time at all. The prosecutor probably wanted to save his office (because of budget limitations) the expense of a trial that would result in the proper sentence, knowing that if he skimped on that kind of trial effort, he'd lose, and the guy would walk.

    Victims have to agree to crap like that a lot in America, just because of an under-funded prosecutor's office, and I see nothing good about it.

    But it's nice to see somebody on the forum is sympathetic to the murderer though. Maybe you can find him a house to rent in your neighborhood when he gets out.:whistling:
     
  10. ray9898

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    Many times it comes down to the probable final sentence. If the prosecutor thinks the guy will probably get the low end of scale or parole eligibility if convicted at trial then they might as well offer a plea for around the same amount of time. It is easier on the victims family while ensuring the guilty do not walk free. The defense will normally take it to take the high end of the sentencing structure out of play.
     
  11. JuneyBooney

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    That is sad but this stuff happens each and every day. It does seem that "black on black" crime is still number one in the US. If he serves one tenth of his sentence he will be out in a relative short time.:steamed:
     
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    Why do the family members stick up for the felon? If one of my family members killed someone during a crime I would not stick up for them. :shocked: :steamed:
     
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    Don't show criminals any mercy, they would not have any for you.
     
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    20 years is the max. If he stays out of trouble he'll get out in his early thirties.
     
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    That's simply not justice, as many here know. I don't believe in this "good behavior" BS. You should serve x amount of years, period. Instead, they placate the family by tacking on an almost arbitrary number. If the problem is cost of imprisonment or room in jails, let's get the petty drug offenders out and keep the murders in longer.
     
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    The travesty is not only did he get sentenced to just 20 yrs., but in most cases that means he will be paroled in 1/3 of that, less than seven years served.

    Perhaps if we invested the time to really put these violent thugs away for good, we wouldn't have to spend money arresting them and going to trial against them many more times in their lives. Let alone all the harm they will cause in between short prison terms.

    Like that cop killer in Seattle area recently, case in point.
     
  17. exmdshooter

    exmdshooter WWJMBD?

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    Well put. If we really had a system of "justice" in this country, this particular individual would now be worm food - and would never again take a beautiful little girl's father away from her. If we had a system of "justice" people would know that killing others WILL NOT BE TOLERATED... and, I suspect, there would be a lot less senseless killing. As it is, this piece of human garbage will be out on the streets in far less than 20 years, and dollars to doughnuts, he will kill again.

    What we have is a "legal" system that exists to protect the "rights" of the guilty and line the pockets of attorneys. This "legal" system also makes liberals feel good, in that the poor downtrodden get multiple chances to rob, maim, rape, and murder... 'cause it really isn't their fault, after all... they're merely victims of society.
     
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  18. johnhurd

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    I wish I had said that, well put shooter..............
     
  19. zukyota

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    I would pay him a visit when he got out.
     
  20. GlocknSpiehl

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    Better plan is to pay someone to "visit" while he is in prison. Preferably several someones, many multiple times, until he can play football as a "wide receiver". :whistling: