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  •  Not according to this article (8+ / 0-)

    Its part of a combined plea deal

    pleaded guilty Wednesday to larceny and subsequent drug charges and sentenced to five years in prison.....

    In all, McDowell was sentenced to 12 years in prison, suspended after she serves five years with five years probation. She could be forced to serve more time if she violates the terms of her probation.

    McDowell also pleaded guilty earlier this month in Bridgeport to two counts of sale of narcotics to undercover police officers. She is to be sentenced on the Bridgeport charges March 27 and faces up to five years in jail for those convictions.

    As part of the plea bargain, McDowell would be able to serve the sentences from Norwalk and Bridgeport concurrently.

    Her total sentence is 5 years, 7 suspended, for larceny AND SELLING CRACK

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 07:13:08 AM PST

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    •  give it a rest (6+ / 0-)

      if she hadn't sold drugs would you be ok that she (or anybody else) should be put in jail for enroling her kid to school? Jebus!

      •  If she hadn't sold drugs.... (6+ / 0-)

        Then she'd probably have been able to plea to a misdemeanor and been let off with a slap on the wrist.

        The fact that she isn't serving an extra day for the school enrollment says to me that all of the prison time is due to her selling crack in front of a school.

        There have been similar cases in Illinois (without the drug charges) and none resulted in prison time.

      •  Amen. Some people show not a shred of mercy (4+ / 0-)

        or one thought to how our society led her to be in the place she found herself in. The fact that she was trying to educate her child is pretty damned important.

        "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

        by rubyr on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 08:13:53 AM PST

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      •  Non sequiter (5+ / 0-)

        She's serving 5 years for dealing drugs in front of a fucking elementary school.  That's a lenient sentence for such a crime.  

        The kid in the wrong school thing is not something normally prosecuted.  The only reason it was is because they were throwing everything they could at her because she was selling drugs in front of a freakin' elementary school!

        If she hadn't sent her kid to the wrong school, would you be cool with a known drug dealer plying her wares at elementary schools?  

        "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

        by Subterranean on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 09:58:45 AM PST

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      •  IF SHE HADN'T SOLD DRUGS? You give ME a break! (0+ / 0-)

        That's what its all about here, isn't it---her drug dealing activities, which include crack dealing at schools.
        Dealing dope, including crack, at a school.
        there's really nothing else to talk about except people who want to claim she's the victim here.

        Name one other time a person in this country who went to jail for enrolling their kid in the wrong school.
        IT. DOES. NOT. HAPPEN!
        This is a one in 300 million case! This was a verdict specifically for this one person and considering her crimes, many of which she was not charged with, like child endangerment, this is ectremely fair.

        And furthermore she pled guilty to it. That's one thing I'll take her word for

        Happy just to be alive

        by exlrrp on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 04:48:08 AM PST

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