Showing posts with label Sentencing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sentencing. Show all posts

September 16, 2016

BBQ Restaurant Assailant on Gay Couple Gets 9 yrs


 El-Amin was sentenced yesterday



El-Amin, who is 6 feet 6 inches and 280 pounds, is seen on cell phone footage from May 2015 getting whacked by a canvas bag carried by Jonathan Snipes, who said he thought he heard El-Amin refer to him and his boyfriend Ethan York-Adams as "f----ts."

Man had no reason to attack gay couple at Dallas BBQ: prosecution
An enraged El-Amin then knocked Snipes to the ground and stomped on his head. After a long time passed and the incident seemed to be over, he picked up a chair and swung it at their heads.

A loud thud can be heard on the footage from the impact on York-Adams' skull.

El-Amin, who faced 3½ to 15 years behind bars, complained he had been railroaded and did not apologize for his conduct.

He claimed Snipes had a "weapon," which was disputed by evidence, and that discrimination was the driving factor in his fate.
"I feel like my race was involved in that … if the situation was reversed and I would have went up to them, it would have been different. It wouldn't have come out the same," he said.

He also insisted he never said the homophobic slur he was suspected of and pointed to his history of working as an LGBT activist.

Goldberg fired back that the fact the district attorney declined to prosecute Snipes for the bag swatting was irrelevant.
She also said she didn't see a connection to his race in the scenario. "I just do not see there was any evidence of that," she said.

Assistant District Attorney Leah Saxtein said El-Amin was purely selfish and desiring revenge by stomping "on another human being's head with his shoes."

"He used a dangerous instrument to strike them on the most vulnerable parts of their bodies," Saxtein said. “That is what the case is about — not homosexuality." 

SHAYNA JACOBS

July 2, 2014

High School Principal Gets Over 10 Yrs for Molesting boys


                                                                            

A man who once worked as Sherwood High School’s principal – but resigned after he was caught molesting a 16-year-old boy – was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison Tuesday for possessing child pornography.

Robert Paul Patton, 45, pleaded guilty to one count after authorities found about 70 images and three videos of child pornography in his possession.

Patton -- who worked as Sherwood's principal from summer 2000 through 2002 -- asked federal Judge Garr King for leniency. He told the story of being booked into jail and answering a question about his housing status by saying he was homeless.
“It was another reminder of how far I have fallen,” Patton said. “I’ve really made a mess of my life. I’ve really hurt some people along the way.”
He continued: “I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I promise to get help.”
Tuesday’s sentence in U.S. District Court in Oregon is on top of the two years Patton received last year in Multnomah County Circuit Court for sexually preying on a 12-year-old boy.
Defense attorney Whitney Boise had asked the judge to sentence Patton to the minimum under federal law -- 10 years -- and credit Patton with two years for the time he served for victimizing the 12-year-old boy. That would have amounted essentially to an eight-year sentence.
Federal prosecutor Gary Sussman, however, asked for more than 12 years -- arguing that Patton should get more time than the 10-year minimum because he is a pedophile with a history of abuse since 2002. He is not a “passive collector of child pornography,” Sussman said.

“The age (of his victims) is going down instead of up as Mr. Patton ages, despite the fact that he has been through several years of sex-offender treatment,” Sussman said.
Patton resigned from his $95,000-a-year principal post on Jan. 1, 2003. He was convicted later that year of molesting at Tigard and Tualatin motels the 16-year-old boy he'd met online. He was sentenced to six months in jail, a year in a halfway house and a lifetime of registering as a sex offender.

After his release, Patton seemed to have rebuilt his life. He created FabulousPDX.com, an events website catering to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. He told authorities he was making $4,000 to $5,000 a month. But in 2010, Patton failed to register as a sex offender then was convicted in May 2011.
That same month, Patton sexually targeted the 12-year-old boy, who reported he’d slept in Patton’s bed. A teen who had been in the room said he saw Patton kissing the boy.
Tuesday, in addition to 10 years and 7 months of prison time, the judge sentenced Patton to 10 years of post-prison supervision, sex-offender treatment and to live at least 100 yards from schools or playgrounds unless he receives permission.

August 14, 2013

On Drug Charges His Mom Thought Probation Instead He got Life


         Clarence Aaron

Clarence Aaron's mother said in a PBS documentary she thought her son would get probation. Instead, he got life 
Attorney General Eric Holder announced some major changes Monday to how the Justice Department handles mandatory minimum sentencing for drug crimes. Essentially, it won't enforce them anymore for many nonviolent offenders.
On a federal level, mandatory minimums for drug offenses are known as the "three-strikes-and-you're out" laws. On the third drug charge, offenders caught dealing a certain amount of drugs get slapped with life in prison.
We've listed some of the most outrageous cases below. These five people will spend their entire lives behind bars unless their cases are reviewed.
1.) Timothy Tyler was sentenced to die in prison at age 25 after selling acid to a police informant. To be fair, he sold a lot of it — 13,045 hits, according to a pre-sentence memorandum. But he only made about $4,000 and had never been in prison before. Psychosis and bipolar disorder also complicated his case.
2.) Clarence Aaron has sat behind bars since 1992 serving three consequence life sentences for conspiring to distribute crack, according to PBS. Even though he was the lowest person in a supposed drug conspiracy, he received the harshest possible punishment for the crime. Out of the four people involved in the deal, only the supplier is still serving time, according to PBS. Aaron is hoping for President Obama togrant him clemency.
3.) Similarly, Sherman Chester got life in prison after his drug third offense. Even though he was only a street-level dealer, he was held accountable for nearly all of the drug deals that landed him in handcuffs — selling four kilograms of heroin and 57.4 kilograms of cocaine. The judge on the case even admitted he didn't deserve his sentence, according to Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM). Unfortunately, federal mandatory minimum laws tied his hands.
4.) Stephanie George was sentenced to life in prison without parole at age 27 after the police found a lockbox of cocaine in her attic. The judge on the case defined her role as "a girlfriend and bag holder and money holder but not actively involved in the drug dealing, so certainly in my judgment it does not warrant a life sentence," The New York Timesreported. Once again, federal law forced the judge's ruling.
5.) Kenneth Harvey is serving life behind bars for flying with a vial of cocaine strapped to his leg. The first two times he got caught with drugs, the court gave him probation. Judge Howard Sachs found Harvey's disproportionate sentence troubling, but he didn't know of an authority "that would permit a difference sentence," he said, according to The New York Times.
In 2010, almost 20,000 prisoners were convicted of an offense that carried a mandatory minimum, according to a 2011 Congressional report. Two-thirds of them were drug-related.
Laws like these help make the U.S. incarceration rate the highest in the entire world.
Holder's reforms didn't actually change the minimum sentencing laws — that would require Congressional approval. Under his guidelines, though, mandatory minimums won't apply to low-level, nonviolent offenders who aren't part of gangs or drug cartels.

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