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#1 fatty

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 02:52 PM

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Boy, 15, gets 60 years for StL County sex attack of girl, 6
By William C. Lhotka
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
11/15/2007

CLAYTON -- A judge sentenced to 60 years in prison this morning a teenager who had pleaded guilty of kidnapping, beating and sexually assaulting a neighbor in Spanish Lake on Nov. 11, 2005, when he was 13 and she was 6.

  St. Louis County Circuit Judge Melvyn W. Wiesman imposed the sentence on Sherman Burnett Jr., now 15 and the youngest inmate ever housed in the county jail.

  In imposing the lengthy sentence -- Burnett will be ineligible for parole until at least the year 2056, when he is 64 -- Wiesman rejected confining Burnett in a juvenile offender program in Montgomery City, Mo., where Burnett could have gotten a chance at probation as early as age 17.

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  Testimony this morning disclosed that Burnett had blamed, in part, the 6-year-old for his own misfortune and had denied any sexual assaults in a recent interview with a state employee, even though he had pleaded guilty on Aug. 10 of sodomy and attempted rape, along with child kidnapping and assault.

  Brent Buerck is a senior program administrator for the Missouri Division of Youth Services. He testified that he interviewed Burnett to see if the teen would be eligible for a dual jurisdiction juvenile program of his agency and the Department of Corrections.

  Under questioning by prosecutor Rob Livergood, Buerck said he was told by Burnett that the incident was caused because the victim had thrown a rock at him, and Burnett had denied he tried to rape her. Buerck confirmed that there was no evidence in any of the records or police reports he saw to substantiate Burnett's new claims or to rebut the victim's statements about the attack on Nov. 11, 2005.

  Buerck said, however, that it was not unusual for a teenager to minimize his crimes, and Burnett had qualified for the program. Buerck added under Livergood's questioning that Burnett had told him: ``he beat her up severely so she wouldn't remember anything.''

  Under the juvenile offender program sought by defense attorney Nellie Ribaudo, Burnett would get counseling, sex offender treatment and education that he couldn't get in prison. He would have hearings when he turned 17 to see if he should continue in the program and again at  21. In that hearing, Buerck said, a judge would decide if Burnett was eligible for probation or would be turned over to the prison system for the balance of his sentence.

    Wiesman rejected juvenile custody, saying Burnett was an inappropriate candidate ``in light of the severity of the assault and what appears to be a threat to the community.''

    The judge then sentenced Burnett to 20 years in prison each on counts of child kidnapping and assault; and 10 years each on charges of sodomy and atttempted rape. The sentences are to be served consecutively and Burnett will be ineligible for parole until he serves 85 percent or 51 years.

    Burnett showed no emotion when Wiesman pronounced sentence. Seven members of his family appeared stunned. Also in court this morning were the victim and her mother. They made no oral statement.

    From her hospital bed at St. Louis Children's Hospital two days after the assault, the victim picked out Burnett from a school yearbook picture. She had half an ear torn off, a lascerated liver, a skull fracture and bruises from the top of her head to her thighs.

    She told police she couldn't walk after the attack. She crawled through a hole in a fence near railroad tracks but could go no further and, as night descended in woods near her house, she tried to cover herself with leaves. A police officer found her the next morning after a massive neighborhood search.

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This is just... terrible. The justice system no longer functions it seems! "An eye for an eye"? Fuck that shit, this is equivilent to "An arm and a leg for a fingernail"
Their jailing of this kid would have been reasonable if the sentence was a few years AT MOST yet they sentenced him for SIXTY FUCKING YEARS.

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 02:56 PM

are you saying that

if you rape and abuse a person he will smile and laugh and thank you afterwards

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#3 Zeratul

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 02:57 PM

Given the nature of his crime I find it difficult to care.
I mean, it's not just the kidnapping, physical and sexual assault, but his attitude towards it ("she MADE me do it.")
He's clearly a danger to society, although sentencing him like an adult may be somewhat excessive. On the other hand, he IS 15, so he isn't exactly going to develop empathy in what, 3 years or so.
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 03:00 PM

He can rot for an eternity for all I care. Kidnapped, raped and abused a 6 year old? No compassion from me.
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 03:04 PM

are you saying that

if you rape and abuse a person he will smile and laugh and thank you afterwards


no

I am just saying that sixty years is TOO MUCH

Given the nature of his crime I find it difficult to care.
I mean, it's not just the kidnapping, physical and sexual assault, but his attitude towards it ("she MADE me do it.")
He's clearly a danger to society, although sentencing him like an adult may be somewhat excessive. On the other hand, he IS 15, so he isn't exactly going to develop empathy in what, 3 years or so.

The kid needs a straightjacket, not a sixty year old sentence in jail.



EDIT: JUST FYI, I do not sympathise with the kid that raped the girl. I think that what he did was bad and he deserved a punishment but(I will say it again) SIXTY YEARS IS TOO MUCH FOR FUCK'S SAKE.

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 03:07 PM

fatty you are a horrible person i hope you get kidnapped and raped

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 03:25 PM

well, we cant kill him, and putting him in a sanitarium is too much freedom for someone who would do this

so yeah what else could we do? a sanitarium is easy to fake your way out of (unless you are ACTUALLY CRAZY but this kid is obviously just evil and cruel rather than obviously crazy) so yeah hed be back and probably kidnapping again if we go that route.

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 03:26 PM

Hmm, poor kid, if he lived in Holland he would get like 2/4 months x0.

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 03:39 PM

no

I am just saying that sixty years is TOO MUCHThe kid needs a straightjacket, not a sixty year old sentence in jail.



EDIT: JUST FYI, I do not sympathise with the kid that raped the girl. I think that what he did was bad and he deserved a punishment but(I will say it again) SIXTY YEARS IS TOO MUCH FOR FUCK'S SAKE.

Yeah, keep crying about the 15 year old.
I mean, seriously, the girl is SIX years old, the boy is FIFTEEN. If he doesn't know better at 15 then he's not going to know better at, say, 18. If they gave him LIFE I wouldn't have any sympathy for him. He deserves EVERY. FUCKING. YEAR. of his sentence. There is NO reason whatsoever why his sentence should be lightened.

Just for fun, let's see what this kid inflicted to get this OH SO HARSH PUNISHMENT:

From her hospital bed at St. Louis Children's Hospital two days after the assault, the victim picked out Burnett from a school yearbook picture. She had half an ear torn off, a lascerated liver, a skull fracture and bruises from the top of her head to her thighs.

    She told police she couldn't walk after the attack. She crawled through a hole in a fence near railroad tracks but could go no further and, as night descended in woods near her house, she tried to cover herself with leaves. A police officer found her the next morning after a massive neighborhood search.

He should rot in hell and you should go there with him for suggesting his sentence was too harsh. You don't do this shit to a fucking 6 year old (or to anyone, for that matter). You're probably thinking he's not going to have much of a life because of what he did to her. Good, because she may not either.
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 03:54 PM

ROT IN JAIL!!

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 04:00 PM

wasn't the boy 13 when he did it?
I don't mean to say he shouldn't be punished, but it's like seeing a 8 year old rape a 6 year old and give him prison foir life.
although people can be way different from eachother at 13
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 04:02 PM

wasn't the boy 13 when he did it?
I don't mean to say he shouldn't be punished, but it's like seeing a 8 year old rape a 6 year old and give him prison foir life.
although people can be way different from eachother at 13

OK, I'll admit to that oversight.
Still, 2 years later he shows absolutely no remorse and even claims that she made him do it.
Not to mention he didn't just rape her (which would have been bad enough), he physically assaulted her to a large extent (as I pointed out in my previous point).
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 04:08 PM

How do you know that he's showing no remorse? And how do you know that he's not just making shitty excuses because he's not mature enough to take full responsibility for his actions?

Honestly it is fucking unnerving reading some of these posts. Granted that it's a shitty crime but holy shit we are talking 60 years. Are we supposed to completely rule out rehabilitation simply because he's a rapist?

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 04:11 PM

All I know is what I read in the story.

Testimony this morning disclosed that Burnett had blamed, in part, the 6-year-old for his own misfortune and had denied any sexual assaults in a recent interview with a state employee, even though he had pleaded guilty on Aug. 10 of sodomy and attempted rape, along with child kidnapping and assault.


Seems to me blaming the victim demonstrates a lack of remorse.
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 04:15 PM

Seems to me like my post still applies. You're making assumptions about his character based on nothing.

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 04:23 PM

All I've said about his character is:
1) He committed a pretty horrific crime.
2) He lacks remorse.
3) Based on this, he deserves whatever he gets.

I make my assumptions based on the article says, since I'm not about to fly out to St Louis, peer over court records, and interview the parties involved. Tough if you don't like my conclusions, but I don't think I'm being irrational by any means.
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 04:38 PM

I am going to be honest with you, I did not really read the article that well because my mind was set on "Holyshit, sixty years sentence is too much for this!"... but then again the other kid suffered greatly, so I guess he can be punished... but how? If he's crazy, then a sanatorium would indeed be an easy way out, just like Jester said. If they put him in jail for sixty years, they might aswell give him life in prison because he will most likely die there anyway.


I must admit, I am an idiot, but so are you Zeratul.  I pointed it out for you. I do not feel pity for the kid nor do I feel sad that he is sentenced like that but that doesn't mean that sixty years is an over-the-top sentence to begin with. I already regret making this topic because people like you think that this is one of those "*LINK*. DISCUSS." topics where trolls like yourself can come in here and start flamewars.


CONCLUSION: This is a fucked up issue in every way you look at it. I rest my case as I do not know what else to say about this issue anymore.


Also, kudos to Drule for not posting crap like the most of you have been doing so far.

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 04:42 PM

I didn't flame anyone. I stated my opinions on the topic being discussed. I thought that's what forums were for.
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 04:43 PM

well, we cant kill him, and putting him in a sanitarium is too much freedom for someone who would do this

so yeah what else could we do? a sanitarium is easy to fake your way out of (unless you are ACTUALLY CRAZY but this kid is obviously just evil and cruel rather than obviously crazy) so yeah hed be back and probably kidnapping again if we go that route.


But don't people in sanitariums get ECT and take mind controlling drugs every day?
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 04:55 PM

The thing that I find bizarre about this, is that actual pedophiles (those who actually above the age of 18), who do not confess to their crimes, and who do such terrible things (save the beatings, I assume) on many different occasions, don't get nearly as much time as a single (albeit extreme) offense on the part of a 13 year old.  He gets 60 years in jail for one particularly vicious crime, perpertrated as a minor, and other, full grown adults who do similar things, to a lesser degree but on different occasions, can wind up with less than 10 years in jail (in fact, sometimes it is less than 2 years).  It's just a little extreme of a punishment.  Then again, let the punishment fit the crime, I suppose...




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