Friday, January 12, 2007

Misdemeanor Murders

posted by The Vidiot @ 7:03 PM Permalink

Soldier pleads guilty to Iraq murders

Spc. William B. Hunsaker, 24, pleaded guilty earlier Thursday to murder, attempted murder and obstruction of justice.
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He will be eligible for parole in 5 1/2 years
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Spc. Juston R. Graber, 21, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge of aggravated assault and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. He was sentenced to nine months in military jail.
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Graber said he shot the man in the head.
Here are sentencing guidelines mandated by congress:
(1) life imprisonment, or if the maximum penalty is death, as a Class A felony;
(2) twenty-five years or more, as a Class B felony;
(3) less than twenty-five years but ten or more years, as a Class C felony;
(4) less than ten years but five or more years, as a Class D felony;
(5) less than five years but more than one year, as a Class E felony;
(6) one year or less but more than six months, as a Class A misdemeanor
So admittedly shooting an unarmed, innocent civilian is a 'misdemeanor', according to the sentence. Admitting murder, attempted murder and obstruction of justice is, according to the sentence, a Class D felony.

Oddly enough, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, (under which these murderers were tried) has slightly harsher penalties:Any person subject to this chapter who [...] is engaged in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of burglary, sodomy, rape, robbery, or aggravated arson; is guilty of murder [...] if found guilty shall suffer death or imprisonment for life as a court-martial may direct.

2 Comments:

At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Oscar Wilde said...

If your class "C" equates to "3rd degree" regarding a felony and class "A" equates "1st degree" regarding a misdemenour then Ann Coulter is looking at twenty and a half years to fifty one years in the big house for the "heinous" crime of voter fraud.
Now even though it's Coulter I am having a problem with these numbers, surely they can't be correct.
If they are all I can say is I am hardly surprised the jails are overflowing.
I have no arguement that America is worthy of her "Prison Nation" tag but this goes beyond the pale.
If the figures are correct and Coulter is found guilty then it could be hoped that such a conviction of the darling of the the right would go some way to getting minimum sentence guidlines consigned to their proper place, the dustbin, or should I say trashcan.
Story at Brad blog.

 
At 10:06 AM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

Nailing Coulter on vote fraud is like nailing al capone for tax evasion.

 

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