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Where has the Justice gone?

Since when is failing to check in for a urinalysis for three days while on probation through the Grand County Drug Court more deserving of a prison sentence than a violent crime?

There are two sentences worth looking at that have been handed down in the last couple of months here in the Seventh District Court in Moab!

The first case, a repeat offender who failed to report for a UA while on probation within the Drug Court was picked up and placed in the county jail for 33 days and then sentenced to one to five years in prison. He is serving that time now.

The second case involved the pistol whipping and beating of a person at least 20 years one’s senior. Not only one’s senior, but the fire chief of Moab. The attacker was his own son and a Grand County Deputy Sheriff. The attack was severe enough that a medical helicopter was used to transport the victim to the hospital in Grand Junction. The deputy was arrested for attempted murder and felony aggravated assault, placed in the San Juan County Jail for two days, and then was released without bail.

Those charges have since been “re-evaluated” to class A misdemeanor counts of assault and assault against a police officer. This second case was sentenced to 24 months on probation and $826 in fines. Both cases were heard in the Seventh District Court by the same judge.

One wonders what happened to the deadly weapon portion of this second case. One also wonders how it is possible for a non-violent crime to receive prison time, and yet for a violent offender to receive nothing more than probation.

What has happened to justice?

—Darlene Slade


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