Georgia Voices: Firebombing sentence far too lenient
by The Augusta Chronicle
September 16, 2013 10:49 PM | 1418 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
How terrorizing would it be to wake up in the dark to glass breaking and find that your home has been firebombed?

How seriously do you think the justice system should take such a crime?

Do you think eight years in prison is adequate? We sure don’t.

But that’s what two Augusta-area men received recently for firebombing Janice Tierney’s Cambridge Drive home in the middle of the night April 13 with her and her three dogs inside. Tierney escaped, but two of her dogs died and the third was heartbreakingly injured, and her home destroyed.

Eight years? For firebombing an occupied home? Disgusting.

Furthermore, our sources indicate the two men — Justin B. Hall, 23, and Kyle D. Capps, 24 — had aborted plans to firebomb another house in North Augusta, S.C., that night ...

Yet, not only did Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet hand the two that milquetoast sentence, he actually went out of his way to do it — sentencing them under the state’s First Offender Act. That means if they complete their sentences, their convictions will even go away, as if it all never happened.


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