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What a Week: A 'disappointing' plea deal – Family laments prosecutors' offer to defendant in Tri-Valley woman's death

Original post made on Aug 21, 2023

Come to find out, the criminal case against now-20-year-old defendant in Woodward's death has toiled in the courts for more than a year with little advancement, and now could be ending in dispiriting fashion for the victim's family.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 18, 2023, 5:29 AM

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Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 21, 2023 at 10:44 am

Malcolm Hex is a registered user.

Thank you Jeremy for bring this story to light. Ms. Woodward’s passing at the hands of thug life is incredibly sad.

So, the murderer was already in trouble with the law and wore an ankle monitor because he was under house arrest. Well, according to a CBS news clip on YouTube,(Web Link the murderer had recently been involved with a robbery turned homicide prior to his murder of Ms. Woodward. But new sentencing guidelines signed by Newsom could get this murderer out of custody in 2025.

Judges who now can impose any of three sentences for most felony crimes — three, four or six years for robbery, for example, or three, six or eight years for rape — will be discouraged from imposing the maximum term except in extreme cases. Is this not an extreme case?

This is all legal gamesmanship that has muddied the waters on purpose in favor of a violent criminal. The murderer’s actions are clear cut - he deserves a life sentence or death. But that won’t happen. Pamela Price and her office will distort the law, with help from people like Newsom, in their effort to make light of violent crime. I mean, how else can you explain this?

In 2021, Newsom grants clemency to 26 state prison inmates. Here are a few:

Richard Flowers, 64, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole 26 years ago after he was convicted of stabbing an elderly Tulare woman to death

Steven Bradley, 56, served 32 years of a life sentence without the possibility of parole for killing a gas station attendant during a robbery.

James Harris (Los Angeles County), 56: Harris was sentenced more than 30 years ago to life without the possibility of parole for the kidnapping and murder of two victims.

Rodney McNeal (San Bernardino County), 50: McNeal is serving a 30-years-to-life term, convicted of stabbing his pregnant wife to death 23 years ago.

It’s only going to get worse.

Posted by Francois Lennox
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Aug 22, 2023 at 7:54 am

Francois Lennox is a registered user.

Why has the judicial system in CA become so lenient when it comes to sentencing guidelines for serious crimes against society and humanity at large?

Does the progressive faction actually believe that these convicted criminals are worthy of rehabilitation and early release?

It must be very frustrating being a police officer watching criminals that he or she risked their lives arresting set free by permissive prosecutors and judges.

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