LETTERS: Sentence won’t act as deterrent

Re: Fenton gets four years (News, July 19)

If Judge Ron Lamperson seriously believes sentencing Kenneth Fenton to four years in jail for killing Const. Sarah Beckett, while driving drunk, serves a deterrent to others, then I’ve got news for him: It won’t!

Indeed no sentence could bring back Const. Beckett, but given that Fenton has a history, this is a classic example of what’s wrong with our so-called justice system.

One of the first things I learned in journalism school when covering the courts is that sentences should punish the guilty and act as a deterrent. The second component here is very evidently absent.

Andy Neimers


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