Top of the headlines this morning in our local paper was a story about a man, Jerry Lee Kelley, who molested several girls (as in more then one girl). When you live where I live, this is an everyday story, often over-looked. But I decided to read the whole story for two reasons; 1. the man in the mug shot looks like a creepy pedo, 2. the headline caught my attention, “Judge Slams Child Molester with a 110 Year Sentence.”
I was thinking to myself, “HELL YEAH. FINALLY, JUSTICE SERVED!” So I wanted to find out what this guy did that got him so many years. What did he do differently then all the other pedo’s?
Upon reading the story in its entirety, I found myself flabbergasted, frustrated and ultimately angered, but not by the judge’s ruling this time.
You have to understand, Shasta County is the inmate dumping grounds for the prison system. So our crime rate is ridiculously high and our city and state governments keep cutting our law enforcement. Seeing crime story after crime story on TV, in the newspapers and on the radio are a regular problem. Often times, the county jail is over flowing and these criminals are getting away with murder, rape, and damn near pillaging.
OK, so back on topic. I was flabbergasted because the defense attorney, Richard Maxion, is trying to gain a sympathy vote from the jurors by stating that the 110 year sentence is “cruel and unusual punishment,” because ten people who know him and are willing to testify on his behalf say, “he’s an honest man and helpful to friends.”
Oh My Gosh! Really! Are you serious? I don’t care if he baked cupcakes every day for the homeless, saved all the puppies and kittens from the shelters, or donated a lung to a dying infant. This man started raping and molesting a 4-year-old baby girl until she was 15, and that’s just one of the girl’s. Ten people were willing to stand up for him and plead mercy on his behalf. I’m outraged because these little girls could have been anyone of their kids. Would they continue to feel the same if their child was one of the victims? NO!!! He was covering as a “good friend” or an “honest person” so he wouldn’t be caught. So that he could continue victimizing these poor children.
The judge, Dennis Murray, said it all, “these are very heinous, serious, and violent crimes.” Judge Murray also addressed Jerry Lee Kelley’s dipsh–, I mean witnesses by saying, “he’s honest in dealing with adults but he’s a monster in dealing with children.” Even the district attorney, Michael Hemker said, “courts have upheld similar sentences for child molesters.” Can we high-five these men for stating the obvious to not one, not two, but ten of Redding‘s dimwitted people?
And you know what, Richard Maxion had the audacity to use as an excuse? I mean he actually spoke the words out loud. “Kelley was ‘possibly’ molested as a child.”
Again, are you kidding me? “Possibly” as in, “maybe” he was molested. So it’s an ok excuse to use innocent babies as a tool for his pedo tendencies as therapy?
He was convicted and charged and sentenced for, rape, kidnapping with the purpose of child molestation, lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and other criminal counts. Well at least I can rest a bit easier knowing Jerry Lee Kelley will have to serve 16 years of his prison sentence before he starts serving his consecutive life sentences, plus he’s already 63 years old, so hopefully, he’ll just die in prison.
And last but not least, I think the Record Searchlight should post the names of the witnesses, so we as citizens of this county, can remind them daily of their stupid decision of testifying on behalf of a creepy pedo. This would be the perfect time to show case the talent of “High-fiving someone in the forehead with a stapler”