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[TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense
    #15168806 - 10/02/11 09:57 PM (9 years, 7 months ago)

22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense
October 2, 2011 - opposingviews.com

22-year-old Jose Antonio Segovia Jr. was sentenced 36 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for possession of a controlled substance, 4g to 200g, with intention to deliver. Last Wednesday, he pleaded guilty and then jurors in Johnson County, Texas determined his sentence.

A first-time offender, Segovia was arrested during a routine traffic stop near Alvarado, Texas. It was then that a police officer found 55.92 grams of cocaine in his car, according to court testimony. Johnson County Assistant District Attorney Brent Huffman said that Segovia traveled from Fort Worth to Johnson County to sell the cocaine. He reportedly got the drugs from his uncle.

Johnson County District Attorney Dale Hanna said: “"Two ounces, that’s a large amount for Johnson County and the jury delivered quite a harsh sentence. This verdict shows once again that jury panels in Johnson County have a strong history of supporting law enforcement.”

Segovia had no prior criminal history and was eligible for probation when he plead guilty to the first-degree felony charge and placed the fate of his sentence in the hands of a Johnson County jury.


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: veggie]
    #15168944 - 10/02/11 10:29 PM (9 years, 7 months ago)

In texas the jury decides the sentence?? That's so messed up. They expect a group of randomly picked people to be fair?


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: veggie] * 2
    #15168952 - 10/02/11 10:32 PM (9 years, 7 months ago)

:eek: How can you sit on a jury and vote to do that to somebody? You'd have to be a sadistic sociopath. Murderers and rapists get off with less than that.

It's cruel, it's inhumane, it's draconian, and it has to stop. Now.


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: Odd_Nonposter]
    #15169039 - 10/02/11 10:53 PM (9 years, 7 months ago)

Idk, the suspect (now guilty) may have been hispanic (sounds like it according to his name) and he probably had a whole bunch of larger ties.  Seeing as how the border war is still raging, and it's Texas; I won't be carrying any coke around there, that's definitely safe to say.  Still, weird.


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: Alienscience]
    #15169072 - 10/02/11 11:00 PM (9 years, 7 months ago)

Texas man these fuckers don't fuck around.  I'm surprised it went to trial though


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: veggie]
    #15169103 - 10/02/11 11:09 PM (9 years, 7 months ago)

:facepalm3:This world seems to get more cruel with every rotation


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: Seriously_Spaced] * 2
    #15169139 - 10/02/11 11:17 PM (9 years, 7 months ago)

jesus christ. hes 22 years old now, and hell be 58 when he gets out if he serves the entire sentence... for 2 ounces of cocaine. how fuckin INSANE is that shit? i feel so bad for that kid.


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: AnonO]
    #15169162 - 10/02/11 11:22 PM (9 years, 7 months ago)

America is so behind. Sometimes I wish we never gained our independence. At least UK is on track even if they are behind. Man our country is fucking themselves so bad.


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: veggie]
    #15169192 - 10/02/11 11:31 PM (9 years, 7 months ago)

The justice system takes another victim. :crying:


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: veggie]
    #15169243 - 10/02/11 11:45 PM (9 years, 7 months ago)

How do those jurors sleep at night? Even a couple of days in jail feels like an eternity. Thirty six years is cruel and inhumane. And to think, those same jurors could have all plead not guilty like they should have and let that man walk free. I'd love to be given jury duty during a drug trial. I don't care if he was moving tons of cocaine. I'd still say he wasn't guilty.


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: destructo_low]
    #15169246 - 10/02/11 11:47 PM (9 years, 7 months ago)

Yep, doesnt bother them because they go home and sleep in their warm beds and see their souses and such. They have no concept of being captive.


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: bholzer] * 2
    #15169343 - 10/03/11 12:12 AM (9 years, 7 months ago)

holy fucking shit

someone needs to blow this case up and get this kid an appeal.

this is outrageous. that is over three times the length of the average rapist sentence.

WHAT THE FUCK


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: wildchild68]
    #15169705 - 10/03/11 01:44 AM (9 years, 7 months ago)

Like I said, he sounded Hispanic.  Chances are his uncle was some type of illegal 'alien' (making the suspect a legal citizen, untransportable) and the Texas police force wanted to make an example of him.  I don't think that type of term can go without being reviewed by the federal system; and he may just have been given it as a probationary period.  He'll probably be up for parole at the least within a decade. 

It also does say that he plead guilty, and that is what allowed the jury to "decide" his sentence.  Although, I'm pretty sure that's illegal (or whatever the correct legal terminology for it is).  Idk though, it obviously is harsh.


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: Odd_Nonposter]
    #15169770 - 10/03/11 02:09 AM (9 years, 7 months ago)

Getting high or some sort of buzz, is a victim-less crime, unless you consider the side effects of the person ingesting it, but they are the ones in control and are choosing to do this. With rape and murder, the victim suffers.

I know it isn't the same thing, but it's similar to if someone plays a video game at home VS someone getting in a physical fight with another person and causing them physical/mental trauma.

My advice is to stay away from this stuff, but you have that choice, with rape/murder, it is't a choice.


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: bholzer]
    #15169822 - 10/03/11 02:30 AM (9 years, 7 months ago)

Quote:

bholzer said:
They expect a group of randomly picked people to be fair?




not random. but screened for biases against drugs as well.
there's a link about it somewhere on here iirc. you've gotta find it yourself though.


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: veggie]
    #15169857 - 10/03/11 02:43 AM (9 years, 7 months ago)

I'm sure drug traffickers are going to learn a lesson from this. This guy probably didn't put up a fight because he didn't think it was that much. The next guy may see this and decide a conviction for 56 grams is worth murdering to avoid.

Sentences are supposed to fit the crime and when they don't you can expect people to commit serious crimes to avoid serious sentences. Somehow I have the feeling law enforcement are thrilled over this even though it's a step to creating more violence, and they are likely to be the prime targets of that violence.


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: Kizzle]
    #15169990 - 10/03/11 03:27 AM (9 years, 7 months ago)

Boy they sure did fuck him. They took advantage of him because he probably doesn't know shit about the law. He'll probably get out on parole in 7 or 8 years with good behavior. His life is ruined over a couple ounces of blow, that's sad. Hopefully he will study in the law library while he's in there and figure out how to get his sentence lowered.


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: iliketripping]
    #15170010 - 10/03/11 03:38 AM (9 years, 7 months ago)

Man...


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: Alienscience]
    #15170149 - 10/03/11 05:12 AM (9 years, 7 months ago)

I wonder how these jury members can live with themselves.


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Re: [TX] 22-Year-Old Gets 36 Years For First Time Drug Offense [Re: menino]
    #15170160 - 10/03/11 05:19 AM (9 years, 7 months ago)

Wow, that's f*cked.  I thought federal mandatory minimums bad (500+ grams cocaine to get 5 years) but 55 grams to get 36 years :facepalm:.


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