Crack dealer, 29, gets 30 years in Cr...

Crack dealer, 29, gets 30 years in Crawford County case

There are 53 comments on the GoErie.com story from Aug 6, 2008, titled Crack dealer, 29, gets 30 years in Crawford County case. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

A 29-year-old crack cocaine dealer from Crawford County was sentenced to 30 years in a federal prison today for trafficking in crack in Springboro, between Albion and Conneautville, in February and March 2006.

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Becky

Warren, OH

#1 Aug 6, 2008
I am by no means lending support to this Morrow character -- but isn't this curious: this guy gets 30 years (could have been sentenced to life) for dealing crack, and somebody who kills their breathing newborn baby -- nothing less than murder, really -- is looking at MAX, 10 to 20 years, and probably won't even get that. She'll be out in four, if that. And this guy's doing 30 years for selling crack?
The value we place on a life ......

RiderKatS

Since: Jul 08

Chardon, OH

#2 Aug 6, 2008
crack is a terrible drug that wastes lives also. I don't think people understand how bad this drug is and the after effects it has on people.
I am sure you would not want this guy out near your grade school selling crack to your kids.
what this man did was harm many people not just one so yes his sentence is going to reflect that.
what

United States

#3 Aug 6, 2008
First of all....yes he was selling a drug that had the ability to harm many people. However, those people chose to buy it. The little baby did not choose to harm herself. A max 20 years for killing someone who was helpless but 30 years for helping others willingly kill themselves?
Eric Watters

Marietta, GA

#4 Aug 6, 2008
Its says his past helped drive the stiff sentence. Fortunately, our justice system gives people who have no criminal history a break. Teach your kids that every little thing they do adds up and eventually....you find yourself doing 30 for selling crack instead of 10 or whatever it would have been had this guys been a boy scout to this point. I don't think that point can be overstated. Its like when you don't take care of yourself and you have to go in for heart surgery and the Dr. says......well......if your lungs weren't shot from smoking we could do the open heart surgery, but since you have been smoking for the last 50 years, we can't because your system won't take it.
Becky

Warren, OH

#5 Aug 6, 2008
RiderKatS wrote:
crack is a terrible drug that wastes lives also. I don't think people understand how bad this drug is and the after effects it has on people.
I am sure you would not want this guy out near your grade school selling crack to your kids.
what this man did was harm many people not just one so yes his sentence is going to reflect that.
VERY sadly, I say I wasted three years of my life addicted to that drug (tried it ONE TIME, and was 100% hooked.) Pleased to report, I'm two years CLEAN -- but believe me, I know alllllllll too well what that drug costs people. And crack dealers have enough clientele in the hopelessly addicted, they don't go to grade schools and sell crack to kids. Marijuana, maybe -- but crack isn't a drug grade school kids could master very well.
I PREACH to anyone who will listen the dangers of this drug -- and I, too, think people who deal the drug should be taken off the street and receive stiff sentences.
But I also don't think that dope-peddling is quite as severe as killing a baby. Crackheads have a choice, and they MAKE the choice to start smoking it. They can also make the choice to STOP smoking it and get straight and clean.
Ms. Rhodes' baby, defenseless, breathing her first just-born breaths, had no choices at all.
How could you look at a newborn infant for 10 minutes -- who already knows the voice of its mother, reaching out as helpless and tiny as anything you can imagine, and then SMOTHER it to death?
I just can't comprehend the decision of Teri Rhodes in that moment.
Point was -- a guy gets 30 years for selling crack, and we NOW know Brad Foulk is going to go for a light sentence -- she won't even serve four years -- for killing a baby.
To me, something's wrong with that picture.
lakerman1

Erie, PA

#6 Aug 6, 2008
becky, congratulations for overcoming that drug. I have a friend who is a professor in his late 50s, and he tried it once, and said he fully understood how someone could become addicted to it.(I think he tried the powdered variety, not crack though)

Sentencing guidelines are in place for crimes. The judge has discretion, but not absolute discretion.
Eric Watters

Marietta, GA

#7 Aug 6, 2008
what wrote:
First of all....yes he was selling a drug that had the ability to harm many people. However, those people chose to buy it. The little baby did not choose to harm herself. A max 20 years for killing someone who was helpless but 30 years for helping others willingly kill themselves?
Drugs beget more crime. Not to sound callous, but chances are the Mercyhurst student's crime, while terrible, is an isolated incident that will never be duplicated again. She isn't a danger to society. This drug dealer is selling people a drug that most likely is helping countless other people spin their lives out of control. The fact that he doesn't care about that proves that he IS a danger to society. If you have no issue selling people a drug like crack, then you probably don't have an issue treating your fellow man criminally in other ways. Obviously, the article backs that last point up for me. This guy was a lifetime criminal. There SHOULD be a distinction.
dennis

United States

#8 Aug 6, 2008
who cares?

another genetic mutation out of the pool
one shocked mommy

Ashtabula, OH

#9 Aug 6, 2008
Becky wrote:
I am by no means lending support to this Morrow character -- but isn't this curious: this guy gets 30 years (could have been sentenced to life) for dealing crack, and somebody who kills their breathing newborn baby -- nothing less than murder, really -- is looking at MAX, 10 to 20 years, and probably won't even get that. She'll be out in four, if that. And this guy's doing 30 years for selling crack?
The value we place on a life ......
AMEN, sister... that was exactly what I was thinking...
Becky

Warren, OH

#11 Aug 6, 2008
Revolt wrote:
<quoted text>Congratulations are only in order for the people who never got involved with that ****. They overcame whatever, if any, temptation was there. I have a problem with people who suggest there is something heroic about someone who was addicted to drugs and now they are upstanding citizens. Applaud those who never went there.
Oh, hey, honey chile -- I WISH I had never gone there. One time -- that was all it took for the craving to begin an addiction. I think the "heroic" thing about beating anything -- whether it's drugs or alcohol or a sex addiction or anger issues or overeating or any other thing we do to excess -- is that the person committed to fighting the fight, and getting control of whatever it is that was had them in chains.
We all have things in our lives that we need to work on -- and any time someone succeeds in beating their demons, I think they deserve some credit.
Of course, the people who've never done ANYTHING wrong can, as they say, "cast the first stone."
But many people have struggled to overcome extremely difficult situations -- and I think they should be applauded. It's much harder to climb the mountain and reach the top than to stand at the bottom and never have to climb it.
Becky

Warren, OH

#12 Aug 6, 2008
lakerman1 wrote:
becky, congratulations for overcoming that drug. I have a friend who is a professor in his late 50s, and he tried it once, and said he fully understood how someone could become addicted to it.(I think he tried the powdered variety, not crack though)
Sentencing guidelines are in place for crimes. The judge has discretion, but not absolute discretion.
Thanks .. appreciate your kindness. It IS the devil's own drug. It's a powerful, powerful blast of dopamine the very first time you "try" it -- and there's an instant pull to continue to experience that. It works on your BRAIN -- which is why it's so addictive. Rehab people say they'd rather work with a heroin addict than someone addicted to crack because it's so much tougher to break a psychological addiction. VERY scary. It's the worst drug that's ever been created and every community in every city in every state has an epidemic with it.

RiderKatS

Since: Jul 08

Chardon, OH

#13 Aug 7, 2008
Eric Watters wrote:
<quoted text>
Drugs beget more crime. Not to sound callous, but chances are the Mercyhurst student's crime, while terrible, is an isolated incident that will never be duplicated again. She isn't a danger to society. This drug dealer is selling people a drug that most likely is helping countless other people spin their lives out of control. The fact that he doesn't care about that proves that he IS a danger to society. If you have no issue selling people a drug like crack, then you probably don't have an issue treating your fellow man criminally in other ways. Obviously, the article backs that last point up for me. This guy was a lifetime criminal. There SHOULD be a distinction.
AMEN! I do not think this girl will find herself ever having another issue like this. I personally don't think she could handle it emotionally and panic set in. NOT to excuse her but I do think it is an ISOLATED unfortunate thing that happened to a young girl who has the rest of her life to THINK about what she did and the guilt that she carries would be a heavy burden.It's obvious other people in her hometown have forgiven her.

RiderKatS

Since: Jul 08

Chardon, OH

#14 Aug 7, 2008
Revolt wrote:
<quoted text>Congratulations are only in order for the people who never got involved with that ****. They overcame whatever, if any, temptation was there. I have a problem with people who suggest there is something heroic about someone who was addicted to drugs and now they are upstanding citizens. Applaud those who never went there.
Becky, FREE WILL and you tried that drug KNOWING that it was addictive. Sorry but I will say that you opened that door and I am glad you got it closed again but I too APPLAUD peeople that have the WILL to SAY NO.
I was offered the drug once and told the person to get the H E L L off my property. I have no use for folks like that. It would be in your best interest to of done the same.
Ben Dover

Royersford, PA

#15 Aug 7, 2008
he deserves a post birth abortion
Ida Tarbell

Desert Hot Springs, CA

#16 Aug 7, 2008
In other news:

Former Coke Dealer to Local Elites, 50-Something, gets $4.2 Million Dollar Consulting Contract Buyout.

+++++++++

Selling crack to fellow hill rats: Lengthy Prison Term

Selling 8-balls of Peruvian Flake to Upper Class Erieites: Good networking opportunity.
Laughing

Lorain, OH

#17 Aug 7, 2008
Talk about throwing the book at this guy. Why not just execute him?
Legalize it

Lorain, OH

#18 Aug 7, 2008
Then we won't have to pay for people who are doing business, for people who are CRACK SMOKERS. Our Country should have a three story building in every county. On the first floor is a funeral home , on the second floor you can smoke all the crack you want, just stay there, they will. On the third floor is a rehab, what floor are you going to today? We waste so much on people that evolution is trying to get rid of, let nature do its course. Shame on the 21st century.
Dave J

Columbus, OH

#20 Aug 7, 2008
Something full of hate, I'm assuming. Any luck on getting friends? No? Hmm. Not surprised.
Becky

Warren, OH

#21 Aug 7, 2008
RiderKatS wrote:
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AMEN! I do not think this girl will find herself ever having another issue like this. I personally don't think she could handle it emotionally and panic set in. NOT to excuse her but I do think it is an ISOLATED unfortunate thing that happened to a young girl who has the rest of her life to THINK about what she did and the guilt that she carries would be a heavy burden.It's obvious other people in her hometown have forgiven her.
Oh, OK ... as long as the people in her hometown forgave her, it's all right then! We'll just chalk it up to a little mistake and let her get on with her life, although her VICTIM won't be getting on with HER life!
Jeffrey Dahmer's father "forgave" him.
Ted Bundy's family "forgave" him.
The whole WORLD "forgave" Karla Faye Tucker, who became a shining example of Christian womanhood in prison -- and they EXECUTED her for helping to take part in a murder.
How are ANY of those people so different from Teri?
NONE of the above "had a record."
NONE of the above were habitual offenders -- until, of course, the crimes that they committed became public knowledge.
Hell, Bundy even worked at a Crisis Center, HELPING people as a volunteer counselor! Shouldn't THAT have counted for something, to show that he was basically a good guy at heart?
That's as ridiculous as your argument.
A life is a life is a LIFE.
unanimous

Erie, PA

#22 Aug 7, 2008
Becky wrote:
<quoted text>
Oh, OK ... as long as the people in her hometown forgave her, it's all right then! We'll just chalk it up to a little mistake and let her get on with her life, although her VICTIM won't be getting on with HER life!
Jeffrey Dahmer's father "forgave" him.
Ted Bundy's family "forgave" him.
The whole WORLD "forgave" Karla Faye Tucker, who became a shining example of Christian womanhood in prison -- and they EXECUTED her for helping to take part in a murder.
How are ANY of those people so different from Teri?
NONE of the above "had a record."
NONE of the above were habitual offenders -- until, of course, the crimes that they committed became public knowledge.
Hell, Bundy even worked at a Crisis Center, HELPING people as a volunteer counselor! Shouldn't THAT have counted for something, to show that he was basically a good guy at heart?
That's as ridiculous as your argument.
A life is a life is a LIFE.
Becky, don't bother, Riderkat is a phucking id.iot.

"It was an ISOLATED unfortunate thing that happened to a young girl"

no, it wasn't an "ISOLATED UNFORTUNATE THING" it was the PREMEDITATED MURDER OF A NEWBORN INFANT by a girl smart enough to know what she was doing was wrong, with a privileged upbringing, with 1000 other options.

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