I'm just not sure where that planet is...
A local Dad was put on trial for letting his toddler walk a few steps ahead of him on a street in Ferndale. He was facing TWO YEARS in jail.
Yet these guys, these members of the Mongols street gang, which the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has labeled the most “violent and dangerous” in the nation get MAYBE a year in jail, and more likely PROBATION in a PLEA DEAL?
For shooting a guy. For attempted MURDER.
Why? Because they admitted to belonging to the gang?
The DA's Office will request the sentencing judge prohibit the men from associating with other gang members, which would legally bar the men from each other's company.
Yeah. We know you guys just tried to kill someone, shot him actually. So, we just don't want you hangin' out together anymore, ok?
Well, That's harsh.
update: (Looks like the comments thread at the Times-Standard got pulled again.)
update: ◼ Mongols members sentenced for shooting 1/21/09 A.O.