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Too Strict?

http://www.toledoblade.com/Police-Fire/2012/11/28/Courtroom-erupts-after-sentencing-in-rape-case.html

Should leniency should have been showed because of age? Was that what the crowd was upset about?

created by Dappling2 on Nov 28, 2012 at 10:32:51 pm     Legal     Comments: 21

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Common Pleas Court Judge Linda Jennings sentenced Mitchell to 21 years in prison for the crimes. After the sentence was handed down, some in the courtroom, who were described as family members of the defendant, had outbursts and refused to calm down, Toledo police Sgt. Joe Heffernan said.

I take it the family members and friends believed that the defendant - undoubtedly in their eyes an angelic and falsely accused citizen who volunteers at soup kitchens and rehabilitates injured sparrows and who draws pictures of the magical pony Starlite from the show Rainbow Brite in his spare time - could not possibly have committed such a hainous crime.

< insert requisite graphic for slightly outdated popular culture reference above >

posted by historymike on Nov 28, 2012 at 10:42:09 pm     #  

Ghetto Hoes are mad that one of their homeboy rapist got the book thrown at him.

Now the ghetto hoes will add to their already long rap sheets.

posted by Star56 on Nov 28, 2012 at 10:42:16 pm     #  

Errr.... "heinous." I blame the NyQuil I just took for this wicked cold that hit me the other day.

< enters NyQuil coma >

posted by historymike on Nov 28, 2012 at 10:43:11 pm     #  

21 years is big boy time. Why do we charge youths as adults when the crime is horrific? If he would have stolen my car or kicked somebody's ass he would be charged as a juvenile; but something more serious means he had the capacity to think like an adult? Can't wrap my brain around that logic.
Maybe the family was angered by the fact that he was with an adult, perhaps they see him as (more) responsible for the crime and the 16 year old as being just complicit? Not sure.

posted by Progress22 on Nov 28, 2012 at 11:10:11 pm     #  

He was convicted of 3 different crimes - 10+10+1. Not just sentenced to 21 years for one crime. BTW - the adult he was with was sentenced to 23 years total.

Don't do the crime(s) if you can't do the time. I feel no sympathy for him.

posted by mom2 on Nov 28, 2012 at 11:55:57 pm     #   12 people liked this

Same

posted by upso on Nov 29, 2012 at 12:22:07 am     #  

He was convicted of raping and robbing a young woman at gunpoint. I don't care how old you are, you know that's fucking wrong. Kid got what he deserved, his family are idiots.

posted by hunkytownsausage on Nov 29, 2012 at 08:17:40 am     #   5 people liked this

I agree HTS. People need to start doing something with their lives. Such BS!

posted by stooks on Nov 29, 2012 at 08:19:22 am     #  

GLAD HE AND HIS ACCOMPLICE ARE BOTH OFF THE STREETS

posted by Hoops on Nov 29, 2012 at 08:41:07 am     #   2 people liked this

I hope both of them die while in prison.

posted by 6th_Floor on Nov 29, 2012 at 12:46:10 pm     #   1 person liked this

Where was all this family support when he was running the streets with a gun, raping and robbing people? I heard that the family members even threatened the 23 year old victim in the courtroom. Throw their asses in jail for 21 years too!

posted by OldTimer on Nov 29, 2012 at 01:05:59 pm     #   3 people liked this

Excerpts from Toledo Blade stories:

All six people were charged with varying counts of aggravated rioting, menacing, petty theft, and resisting arrest, and one woman was additionally charged with assaulting a police officer.

Before being escorted out, some of the suspects yelled profanities and made physical threats to the 23-year-old victim in the case, police Sgt. Joe Heffernan said.

The suspects also are accused of cursing at and making threats to Toledo police officers and Lucas County sheriff’s deputies, Sergeant Heffernan said.

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Several people arrested Wednesday after they started a small-scale “riot” at the county courthouse were visibly upset about bond amounts set today by a Toledo Municipal Court judge, leaving the courtroom shouting and swearing.

Anthony Mitchell is charged with aggravated riot, retaliation against a public servant, resisting arrest, and aggravated menacing. His bond was set at $280,000 for the charges, plus an unrelated burglary and two unrelated assaults.

Judge Robert Christansen, who presided over all of the arraignments, noted that Mitchell has prior felony convictions and is a registered sex offender.

Mitchell told the judge he had been out of prison since 2010.

Antoine Pernell is charged with aggravated riot. His bond was set at $25,000. He told the judge he has been out of prison since 2008.

Markella Lawrence is charged with aggravated riot, aggravated menacing, petty theft, and resisting arrest. Her bond was set at $40,000.

Judge Christiansen asked Lawrence when she got out of prison. “A long time ago, like, 2007,” she said. “For you that's a long time ago?” the judge said.

In charging documents, police allege that at least two people – the elder Mr. Mitchell and Ms. Lawrence – threatened to rape and kill the 23-year-old rape victim.

The elder Mr. Mitchell is also accused of threatening to blow up the courthouse.

posted by jr on Nov 29, 2012 at 02:34:26 pm     #  

WOW just WOW.

posted by Linecrosser on Nov 29, 2012 at 02:54:18 pm     #  

Some real winners....that's for sure. Stay Classy Toledo!

posted by stooks on Nov 29, 2012 at 02:55:49 pm     #  

Why do we charge youths as adults when the crime is horrific? If he would have stolen my car or kicked somebody's ass he would be charged as a juvenile; but something more serious means he had the capacity to think like an adult? Can't wrap my brain around that logic.

The legal age to drive in Ohio is 16. This is an "adult" activity, as misuse could lead to serious consequences.

The legal age of consent in Ohio is also 16, with a few exceptions in given circumstances. Serious consequences also arise through this activity, yet the law has not changed to 18 or 21.

But someone who, at 16, rapes a woman should only be charged a juvenile by your "logic"??? What the fuck do you think, he was playing with G.I. Joe dolls and just decided that raping a woman was all in good fun?

Juvenile courts are for juvenile crimes. Unless this perp was mentally deficient (a.k.a. retarded), any 16 year old who rapes a woman (or man for that matter) knows exactly what he is doing, that it is wrong, that it is punishable.

If a "juvenile" can drive a car like an adult and consent to adult sexual relationships, he therefore can be charged as an adult for a sexual crime. Case closed.

Gotta stop writing before I get really pissed off...

posted by oldhometown on Nov 29, 2012 at 03:07:34 pm     #   3 people liked this

Way to go Judge Christiansen......great bond work !

posted by Hoops on Nov 29, 2012 at 03:15:00 pm     #  

but heaven forbid if you drink a beer at 18. I'm wondering, seriously, how the 21 drinking age is even constitutional? To my knowledge, there is no other law that prevents an adult (18 or older) to do something. How is this allowable? It's an old argument, but tried and true.....if you're old enough to be vote/ be drafted/serve in the military why is it illegal to drink a beer?

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Nov 29, 2012 at 04:39:27 pm     #  

Mental Floss: Why Is the Drinking Age 21?

And if you kill a person, couple, family, school bus full of kids while drunk driving at 16, you should be charged as an adult too...

posted by oldhometown on Nov 29, 2012 at 05:15:04 pm     #  

The way I look at it is someone in prison will think he has a pretty mouth and he'll become someone's bitch.

posted by lfrost2125 on Nov 29, 2012 at 05:57:10 pm     #  

Excerpts - Dec 7, 2012 - Toledo Blade - 6 indicted in rioting after rape sentencing

Six people recently arrested for causing a disturbance outside the Lucas County courthouse after a sentencing in a rape case have been indicted by a grand jury on a charge of aggravated rioting.

Also facing additional charges were Lawrence – who is also accused of threatening to kill the victim in the rape case – and Ms. Nieto, who is charged with assaulting Toledo police Detective Shelli Kilburn by jumping on the detective and striking her more than once.

“People who act out in court and threaten victims, police officers, and witnesses will be vigorously prosecuted by this office,” said Jeff Lingo, chief of the criminal division of the prosecutor’s office.

If convicted on all charges, the elder Mitchell faces up to 7 1/2 years in prison, Lawrence faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison, and Ms. Nieto faces up to three years in prison.

Pernell has since posted a $25,000 bond. The remaining five defendants are in custody in the Lucas County jail.

posted by jr on Dec 07, 2012 at 11:47:10 am     #  

"threatening to kill the victim in the rape case"

i hope he does some serious time for that. piece of shiz.

posted by toledolen_ on Dec 07, 2012 at 07:15:04 pm     #   3 people liked this