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June 16, 2013

Gun conviction of Oakdale resident contradictory

Why do I see media reports all the time about repeat violent crime offenders avoiding jail time for ankle bracelets? Why does the firing of a gun on your own property in a direction you feel is safe warrant such a lengthy incarceration?

Ralph Bradley Keith was recently convicted of a lesser gun charge after fighting a handful of gun-related charges for four years. The lesser charge stems from the idea that he fired his gun on his property in a direction that was deemed unsafe.

What do you get for that? You get a felony record, your job as a special needs teacher ripped from you, along with half your retirement, and you are declined the ankle bracelet program five times to find yourself back in jail to serve a 240-day sentence.

What does he have to look forward too? The possibility that there is no bed available at the time that he turns himself in or, likely, the best case scenario of about 76 days in jail.

With that mind, why do I see media reports all the time about repeat violent crime offenders avoiding jail time for ankle bracelets? Why does the firing of a gun on your own property in a direction you feel is safe warrant such a lengthy incarceration?

RYAN CUTHBERT

Oakdale

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