Jennings’ Graveyard Vandals Get Sentenced — Do You Think the Punishment is Fair? [POLL]
Back in February, two 19-year-olds and one 17-year-old went on a spree, spray-painting headstones, knocking them over and destroying other property in two Jennings graveyards and one out in Hathaway. This week, they were sentenced for their crimes. What punishment do you think they deserved?
According to this morning's article in the American Press, the trio caused over $48,000 in damages to the graveyards back in February.
Sebastian Abshire, 19, and Dacota Miguez, 17, were placed on three years’ supervised probation, and they must pay more than $16,000 each in restitution and write letters of apology. They must also clean and maintain local cemeteries.
A third person, Joselyn Mire, 19, of Evangeline pleaded guilty last month and received the same sentence, according to District Attorney Michael Cassidy.
In addition, the three must pay nearly $500 in fines, court costs and reimbursement to the judicial system, and they must serve 90 days in jail with credit for time served. Abshire and Miguez have already served nearly three weeks; Mire served about two, Cassidy said.
Miguez must also obtain a GED.
The defendants had faced up to two years in prison, Cassidy said.
“What they did was so horrific; my first thought was they should receive more incarceration,” Cassidy said shortly after the sentencing. “But at the same time, I wanted to make sure the victims had some opportunities to get financial restitution and they couldn’t do it if they were serving time.”
Source: Lake Charles American Press
So what do you think? Did they get off light? Or does the punishment fit the crime?