Something Like Justice

November 12, 2009

Anne Pressley

A woman from my hometown, who was a cheerleader at the same high school I went to, was brutally murdered in her apartment in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2008. Today her killer, who was raised by an abusive crack addict, was sentenced to life in prison. The jury had the option to choose the death sentence.

I thought this reaction was powerful:

“Tonight, they have come back with a sentence, a sentence that they believe, and we share with them, is the harshest possible sentence for this gentleman going forward, where he will now spend the rest of his natural life in a 6-by-9 cell with nothing to think about but what he has done,” said Guy Cannady, the victim’s stepfather.

“It’s not until he’s carried out of Tucker Max in a pine box will he really meet his true judgment,” Cannady added, referring to Arkansas’ Tucker Maximum Security Prison.


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