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11:03 PM on 10/07/2013
36 years for attempted murder and four counts of rape?
Sounds about right...
07:42 AM on 10/08/2013
Just sit him in the chair
10:56 PM on 10/07/2013
Wow,only 36 yrs,an causing a fatality.Pathetic sentence,He should hang!

It seems like the judge an prosecuters would show remorse.
10:36 PM on 10/07/2013
Creep!
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Live and Let Live!
12:23 AM on 10/08/2013
creepy graham cracker!!!
10:11 PM on 10/07/2013
Where are all the Afro-Americans that always scream about a "bad" sentence?
10:21 PM on 10/07/2013
Where are the people with intelligent comments?
10:30 PM on 10/07/2013
Right her!
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Miz Fit
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05:39 AM on 10/08/2013
Hmmm...I can't see what race many of the posters are. Do you have some sort of psychic ability that the rest of us don't have?
03:35 PM on 10/08/2013
Yes, very observant of you to pick up on that. :)
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Is it an android you are or are you a quasar?
09:48 PM on 10/07/2013
savage.
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09:27 PM on 10/07/2013
Wait what... Did I read that right?Because I'm thinking 36 years us a weak sentence for all that he did.

"Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said while Ballinger's sentence may seem high, "it's not relative to the behavior."
04:09 AM on 10/08/2013
YEP.....that statement caught me off-guard too.......coming from the County's Attorney,
no less......

I don't think it's high enough........
09:09 PM on 10/07/2013
Shoulda got life.
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11:03 PM on 10/07/2013
He should face the needle.
09:04 PM on 10/07/2013
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said while Ballinger's sentence may seem high, "it's not relative to the behavior."

It's not high. 36 years is not enough. 4 teen-age girls raped, one boy dead, 36 years is woefully inadequate.
08:53 PM on 10/07/2013
It's interesting to see how many people are upset with the sentence handed to this individual. The same incident here in the UK would probably see the man serve half that time.

You know you're living in a zero tolerance country when thirty-six years is frowned upon as too lenient.
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09:30 PM on 10/07/2013
Just because the UK is even weaker than the US doesn't make it right. He should have gotten the death penalty.
06:35 AM on 10/08/2013
I wasn't suggesting that the sentence was correct, necessarily. Just observing how the UK and the US differ in terms of sentencing.
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ocenbrz
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06:12 AM on 10/08/2013
Sure thing! We have zero tolerance for rapists in this Country. Go somewhere else if you want to commit crime. This sentence was weak and our police force do not need to keep hunting down repeat offenders.

It is always nice when at least a few people get the message the first time.
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wonketteRAWKS
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08:49 PM on 10/07/2013
36 years???????
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08:25 PM on 10/07/2013
36 years was not enough. Death would have been appropriate in this case..
08:18 PM on 10/07/2013
36 years?? Seems tame compared to what he wrought on those people.
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08:08 PM on 10/07/2013
Wow! What a brave man to rape 4 teenagers at gunpoint. And as a result of his actions, another teenager is dead. He only got 36 years? They should have shot him on the spot as soon as they had the chance.
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08:05 PM on 10/07/2013
Consequences for the police for killing a hostage trying to escape = 0
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08:51 PM on 10/07/2013
Think you could sleep after doing that yourself? It was a bad mistake by good men who have to live with the consequences. What kind of pay would you take to do that job?
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10:11 AM on 10/08/2013
I'm sorry they lost sleep. Sorry to the family that lost an actual human being too. 
09:56 PM on 10/07/2013
That's right. If Barney Fife blows you away by mistake the only thing that happens is that you are dead. You might remember hearing about the Brazilian electrician in London who made the mistake of having brown skin during a terrorist attack.