More than 30K raised for abducted student
Original post made on Dec 18, 2007
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on Dec 18, 2007 at 1:57 pm
I find it encouraging that so many people in the community have rallied behind the young woman who was the victim of such an evil crime. I hope she can put this awful experience behind her.
As for Todd Burpee, who already made a confession to the Palo Alto police, I have only this to say: I hope you spend a long time in prison for your sick, evil actions. Whatever prior hardships you went through in life does not excuse what you did. You got caught surfing online porn by your girlfriend and you chose to respond by viciously assaulting an innocent teenager. You chose to be evil on that day. And hopefully the jury will choose to punish you for your actions so that you'll never be in a position to harm anyone ever again.
on Dec 18, 2007 at 4:15 pm
um, Burpee won't be going away for life, if very long at all.
attempted murder, sexual assault, grand theft, embezzlement. he'll be looking at 20 years, max, and that's if the prosecution keeps thing tight. so, he'll be back on the street in ten to fifteen years. in short, the whole Republican 'lock him up and throw away the key' routine is just not going to work, here.
about the only thing we can be pretty sure of is that he will get out and he will re-offend. statistically-speaking, it's as close to a sure thing as you can get. given the brutality of our prison system, which only serves to punish and dehumanize people, not rehabilitate them, i wouldn't want to be anywhere near the dude when he gets out.
on Dec 18, 2007 at 5:32 pm
I just hope he pleads guilty to save this girl the trauma of testifying
and the community the trauma of revisiting this matter.
If he ever gets out then hopefully we will have by that time a solid way of tracking sex offenders 24/7 and chemicals means of curbing their behavior.