Hey, there has been an update in the Lenton Case! Read about that here.
Consider my comments in BOLD.
"March 19, 2014 at 12:56 PM
PELL CITY, Alabama - A Leeds couple was sentenced today after pleading guilty to charges in the 2012 death of an 83-year-old man, who was killed by two of their Rottweilers.
[Yes, 2 of approximately 35 Rottweilers! Anybody have a problem with 35 Rottweilers in a suburban backyard, where barnyard animals are probably banned completely?!?]
Jacqueline Lenton, 57, and Jerry Lenton, 57, were sentenced by St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Bill Weathington during a hearing at the St. Clair County Courthouse in Pell City. The pleas and sentences were part of agreements worked out in consultation with the victim's family.
[If I were in the victims family, I would have been pushing for life for murder. Probably settled for 20 years. Hey, if a DUI killer can get 25, why not 20 for canine homicide?]
Jerry Lenton pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to a split 10-year sentence, with one year and a day to serve in prison. He is to report to the St. Clair County Jail, where he will serve his sentence, on May 12. The judge also ordered Jerry Lenton placed on five years of probation, the first two years under supervision, after his release.
[ A year and a day for the murdering dogger! Well, that's 366 days more than most of them get!]
The family declined to comment after the hearing, but Chief Assistant St. Clair County District Attorney Lamar Williamson read a message from the family that "we believe justice was served."
[ In March 2015, Lenton gets to go back to breeding Rottenweilers.... its a win-win!]
Williamson said that the plea agreements were worked out in consultation with the family.
[Too bad they didn't consult with me]
"It's just a very tragic situation. Good people on both sides," said Don Colee, attorney for Jacqueline Lenton."
I would argue assholes on both sides, including the victim's family... they want to turn Lenton loose to wreak more canine havoc? He's probably been "banned" from owning dogs for life but that has about as much stick as Teflon.... forget it, this guy will be back to breeding more killer dogs the nanosecond he gets out. Count on it! I would have pushed for the max at every opportunity. Absent, an even aside from, a ban on these monsters we need to put the screws to the HUMAN element (which is ultimately responsible) AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY.
Something like this happens to you, YOU have an OBLIGATION to screw them into the ground! Turn them into ground up shit! The rest of us need to relentlessly bash these people, outgroup them, and humiliate them at every opportunity. THAT will ameliorate this problem. You let stuff like this slide then YOU are part of the problem. Get with it!
Also, read the comments on the original article - one of Lenton's fan club has been stalking me. I find it quite complementary, actually!! Keep it up, pal - it increases my site hits and gives me another opportunity for a snarkfest!