Letter to the editor: Punishments should fit the crimes
Two articles on Page A3 of the Nov. 3 Valley News Dispatch show why this world has gone topsy-turvy.
Harrison Township public works director Randy Martinka was convicted of two counts of simple assault and one count of terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another ( “Harrison public works director convicted of assault, terroristic threats” ). Judge Kevin Sasinowski gave him the ridiculous punishment of two years of probation and anger management classes and forbade him any contact with the victim. Big whoop.
A federal grand jury indicted Ronald Wojcik of Tarentum on charges of opening two pieces of mail that didn't belong to him ( “Not at this address: Postal worker indicted for opening someone else's mail” ). He faces 10 years in prison and a fine of $500,000.
Does anyone else see the inequity here? The punishment does not fit the crimes.
This is why on Nov. 6 we read about Devin Kelley, who entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and shot and killed 26 innocent people, including eight children ranging in age from 1 to 16. Kelley received a bad-conduct discharge from the Air Force and was court-martialed in 2012 for a brutal attack on his then-wife and stepson. He was able to get a job as a security guard for a Texas water park this summer, then went on to commit this heinous crime.
Judges need to be held accountable for punishments that don't fit the crime if those people go on to commit worse crimes.