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44-year-old Darnell Wilson will serve three life sentences in Mississippi, largely paying for crimes in Tennessee.
Tuesday, June 22, a DeSoto County judge issued Wilson three life sentences.
In August, 2009, Wilson was arrested after stealing $900 in merchandise from a Kohl’s department store in Southaven.
According to DeSoto County Assistant District Attorney, Smith Murphey, Wilson led police on a pursuit into Tennessee, injuring an officer in the process.
Murphey says, "It's not just shoplifting, the endangerment of hundreds of people on Goodman Road. Anybody who's driven down Goodman, at 5:00 on a Friday knows the traffic. And for anybody to go down that road at 80 miles an hour, it’s reckless. A willful disregard for the value of human life."
A DeSoto County jury convicted Wilson of three felonies; grand larceny, fleeing and assault on an officer.
In Mississippi, with two or more prior felonies, and at least one year in jail, a life sentence is actually mandatory by the court, unless a judge finds the sentence inappropriate.
Originally posted by PayMeh
reply to post by jdub297
People steal stuff, people run from the cops. It happens all the time and people are not given such sentences.
If this is the sentiment of the majority living in the US, then we are all in a very bad predicament.
Originally posted by Hitotsumami
reply to post by Sestias
Thanks for the thread!
In my opinion, the punishment should equal the crime. However, it seems he has repeated this felony ten previous times. For this case, I have to agree with ThaLoccster.
Looking at his record, it was obvious he was never going to change. Why lock him up for one year so he can get out and potentially kill someone robbing them.
He has had many chances to redeem himself already.
Originally posted by allprowolfy
reply to post by DCDAVECLARKE
very well said, looking down the threads i find that nothing has changed with the intelligence level on this sight nor america. this country is in one of the worst recessions ever, and the average joe has his eyes on the little guy stealing and acting like an ape, never mind looking above this measly lil rodent to the big fat rats that are stealing everyone blind and creating this mess to begin with -utter disbelief
[edit on 28-6-2010 by allprowolfy]
Originally posted by IvanObanion
maybe if we met him in person it'd be more obvious why they're being so harsh. some people jsut exude that winning personality.
it's possible the judge gave him the life sentence with parole options. i doubt they'll keep him forever? he'll probably get a hearing in a few years. sounds like he just really pissed the judge off.
leaving one state because of such a terrible history then showing up in a new state and bringing your crime with you. that'd piss off quite a few people i'd imagine.
Originally posted by mr-lizard
Jeez... It's a victimless crime, i'm not excusing it - but when you hear about rapists getting 5 years and murderers getting 6 years, you gotta realise there's something massively wrong with society and the law.
Maybe the guy had Kleptomania or was funding a habit or was poor.
Sure lock him up, teach him a lesson or send him into rehab, but don't lock him away for life.
Its disturbing that you think someone's personality and how courteous they are to the judge should determine the punishment for a crime. Sadly, people with such nonsensical positions seem to be judges and police men these days.