Firefighter gets probation for gunpoi...

Firefighter gets probation for gunpoint abduction of stepdaught...

There are 17 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Sep 23, 2009, titled Firefighter gets probation for gunpoint abduction of stepdaught.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A Columbus firefighter was placed on probation yesterday after pleading guilty to abducting his stepdaughter's fiance at gunpoint in Hebron more than a year ago.

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Just A Citizen

San Antonio, TX

#1 Sep 23, 2009
Again, a very lucky individual - lucky as in having enough money to hire an attorney who could get this kind of deal for his client.
Dainen

Groveport, OH

#2 Sep 23, 2009
Community control probation means you do not even have a probation officer, It is computer based, that will flag any additional offenses. Drink and Drive, you have one,(first offense) but gunpoint hostage situation is acceptable.I agree a very good attorney.
bigdaddyoldman

United States

#3 Sep 23, 2009
this nut should not only lose his job but he should be in jail,,,iam paying taxes for this fool to still work for the dept
Jeff

Columbus, OH

#4 Sep 23, 2009
A time honored defense....Circle those (fire) wagons.
bharness26

Reynoldsburg, OH

#5 Sep 23, 2009
well just goes to show if your a public official then you can get away with committing a crime,if that was me or any of you then we`d be sitting in prison right now,only thing they would have dismissed the misdemeanor domestic violence charge and gave us 3 years for the abduction and 3 years for the gun,with the possibility of judicial release after 3 and a half years,yet theres people doing 18 months for traffic offenses in jail,or a friend of mine who got 11 in prison for a b&e,his first offense as an adult,and why should he get to keep his job fire this son of a bitch,why should the tax payers continue to pay for this asshole to continue to work as a public official,get rid of this guy already hes a discrace to people who are actually dedicated to helping people.
dave

Columbus, OH

#6 Sep 23, 2009
wow
Dave

United States

#7 Sep 24, 2009
I hope he does get help but F*ck. I have nothing on my record but I would be in jail if I pulled a stunt like that. It's like the Cops going 150 MPH on motorcycles.
Topper

Columbus, OH

#8 Sep 24, 2009
If you ran record checks on Columbus Firemen, you'd be very suprised at the felons they have on the job.....And the vast number who have criminal records
curious

Columbia, SC

#9 Sep 24, 2009
Dave wrote:
I hope he does get help but F*ck. I have nothing on my record but I would be in jail if I pulled a stunt like that. It's like the Cops going 150 MPH on motorcycles.
Sorry but I don't think you would be in jail. They would say that you were fleeing and that they had to shoot you. Unfortunately, since the only visible body part was the head, that is where you would be shot and therefore you would be dead. And the police who shot you would be heros.
Stopthewars

Lancaster, OH

#10 Sep 24, 2009
two-tiered unjustice system-the players(no power,no name, no money)and the moneyed and fellow bros and sisters in public service. Where did my country go? Next thing will be having to give your political affiliation card along with your drivers lic and ins. card when pulled over by that 147 mph state trooper. Thats what KKKarl Rove wanted when he fired AG's who weren't towing the White house line. byebye Amerika.
Lisa

Columbus, OH

#11 Sep 24, 2009
The earlier posters don't seem to have much experience with or knowledge of Columbus area court systems. It is extremely common for defendants at all levels of income to receive light sentences. Indigent defendants facing a jailable offense receive free legal representation, and their public defenders work with judges and prosecutors every day, making them able to craft some of the best deals going.

You only read in the paper of high-profile defendants who hire overpriced phonies as lawyers. Others, including poor people, charged with similar crimes are treated pretty much the same. Spend some time observing IRL at the courthouse and see for yourselves.
Concerned

Springfield, OH

#12 Sep 24, 2009
Dainen wrote:
Community control probation means you do not even have a probation officer, It is computer based, that will flag any additional offenses. Drink and Drive, you have one,(first offense) but gunpoint hostage situation is acceptable.I agree a very good attorney.
I have seen first time dui offenders have reporting probation so yes, damn good attorney.
JcJ

Westerville, OH

#13 Sep 24, 2009
Good thing he didn't do anything to his dog he would have been fired.
Stopthewars

Lancaster, OH

#14 Sep 24, 2009
Lisa wrote:
The earlier posters don't seem to have much experience with or knowledge of Columbus area court systems. It is extremely common for defendants at all levels of income to receive light sentences. Indigent defendants facing a jailable offense receive free legal representation, and their public defenders work with judges and prosecutors every day, making them able to craft some of the best deals going.
You only read in the paper of high-profile defendants who hire overpriced phonies as lawyers. Others, including poor people, charged with similar crimes are treated pretty much the same. Spend some time observing IRL at the courthouse and see for yourselves.
Hi Lisa what does "pretty much the same" MEAN? Poor inquiring minds want to know!!!
Bill in Columbus

Newton Falls, OH

#15 Sep 24, 2009
This is the guy I want to have come rescue me when I call the fire department.

Between this guy and the guy who shot his dogs it seems they have some real winners down there.

I wonder what there hiring criteria are?

“So far left, I'm right”

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#16 Sep 24, 2009
I don't think it says in the article, but if the fiance decided not to press charges, perhaps at the behest of his bride-to-be, wouldn't that lessen the number of things with which he could be charged and prosecuted? just a thought
kingpeppy

United States

#17 Sep 25, 2009
Topper wrote:
If you ran record checks on Columbus Firemen, you'd be very suprised at the felons they have on the job.....And the vast number who have criminal records
Wrong! The Columbus Division of Fire does not employ felons.

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