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Crack dealer gets 20-year prison sentence

Original post made on Oct 6, 2011

The East Palo Alto-based leader of a Bay Area crack cocaine ring has been sentenced in federal court in Oakland to nearly 20 years in prison.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 6, 2011, 3:54 PM

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 6, 2011 at 11:20 pm

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The only thing that worries me is that, as a non-violent offender, he might be eligable for early release. Considering the damage these guys to to people, families, and society in general, in terms of destroyed or severely hindered lives, I see little reason to let this guy see the outside of a jail ever again.

Some might consider me harsh, but I have little compassion for people who live by destroying lives. Let him rot in jail.


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Posted by iSez
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm

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"Gardner had an abusive childhood, having been born to a crack-addicted mother who was pimped as a prostitute by his father."

What kind of chance at a normal life did he have? Irresponsible parents and now we have to pay for it.


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Posted by Jeffm@echelon.com
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 7, 2011 at 8:41 am

I agree iSez, but my sympathy for him ends when he takes steps to inflict the same harm to other children and propogate the misery. If you want to sell crack to my kids, my view is that you have forfit your right to existance.

I see these people as being like werewolves. Once bitten and infected, their life becomes all about self-preservation by biting and infecting others. You can have some sympathy for the circumstances that placed them there, but you must also take steps to stop the cycle, and if that means the silver bullet, then that is what must happen. They may have been human once, but they are now monsters.


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Posted by madashell
a resident of Palo Verde School
on Oct 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

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First off, how do you judge a person by what a article is saying???? Everyone is so quick to judge as they say a book by its coveer but i guess its ok for MOLESTERS to get out and live right next door to you or across the street from a school??? Those are the ones who should be locked up for life those kids didnt choose to be raped or molested but it happend to them and they will have to deal with that for the rest of their life but a person chooses to go out and buy drugs to use them they arent FORCED get a CLUE PEOPLE!!!! Cause non of you sound STREET SMART!!!!


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Posted by iSez
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 7, 2011 at 9:26 am

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Somehow, I don't think madashell lives in Palo Alto. . .


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Posted by madashell
a resident of Palo Verde School
on Oct 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

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Born and Raised in East Palo Alto!!!!


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Posted by iSez
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 7, 2011 at 10:50 am

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Madashell: Then why are you masquerading as a Palo Altan by stating you are from Palo Verde area?


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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm

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Dear Madashell, let's leave the molesters for another discussion.

The people who buy and use drugs are easier to feel sorry and lenient for. This guy was manufacturing crack on a large scale for sale, not for himself. I classify that differently than the mere user, who is more of a victim of people like Gardner.


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