Jay G. highlights an unbelievable situation in a blog post today.
Beverly man pleads guilty to molesting child
SALEM — A Beverly man has been sentenced to up to 3½ years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a Peabody boy numerous times when he was between the ages of 6 and 8.
Prosecutors called the actions of 31-year-old Shawn Finnegan "despicable, horrific and unimaginable" in Salem Superior Court on Monday.
Got that? "Up to" 3½ years. This man destroyed a child's life and will most likely not even serve two years in prison for it. This is how the state of Massachusetts handles dangerous criminals - slap 'em on the wrist, wag your finger, and let 'em out the revolving door. Here's the kicker. If I were to pick up a 12 round magazine manufactured in 1995 at a gun show, I would serve a five year prison term. Think about that for a second.
Here's how MA views crimes:
* Own a "banned" high capacity magazine: Five years in jail.
* Molest a young child: Three and a half years in jail.
Is this not the most f***ed-up thing you have ever heard?
Yes, it most certainly is! Who the hell wrote the penalties for child molestation into Massachusetts law? I'd like to tar and feather the idiot, run him out of town on a rail, then hire someone to rewrite every clause, section and paragraph of the relevant statutes!