Indian Trail man sentenced to prison

Indian Trail man sentenced to prison

There are 14 comments on the The Charlotte Observer story from Oct 3, 2007, titled Indian Trail man sentenced to prison. In it, The Charlotte Observer reports that:

Indian Trail man sentenced to prison Shawn Cetrone [email protected] MONROE -- A judge on Tuesday sentenced an Indian Trail man to spend the next 12-15 years in prison. via The Charlotte Observer

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Norfolk, VA

#1 Oct 9, 2007
How can 12 years be justified as punishment for murder? NC sentencing guidelines say it is. For families who have lost a loved one, it certainly is not. These light sentences devalue the life that was taken. When a person smites another person, the penalty is death. Don't have pity on the person who murders, have pity on the victims family. Give them justice. Christopher Brynarsky will not come back to life in 12 years, but Mark Thomas will come out of prison in 12 years feeling his debt has been paid. Mark Thomas has been given a second chance. A jury chosen from Union County gave this murderer a second chance. Mark Thomas the murderer will be living among you because you did not put him away for life as he should have been.

Norfolk, VA

#2 Oct 21, 2007
Mark Thomas is now at this prison

Current Location: LANESBORO C.I.
Previous Location: CENTRAL PRISON
Last Movement: RECEIVED FROM CENTRAL PRISON On: 10/17/2007

United States

#3 Oct 21, 2007
We as a nation need to bring back hanging at our cities courthouse lawns and let it be open to the public for everyone to see. Young and old. Rapist, Child Molesters, Thieves, and Gang members,Abusers, and Murders, "WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE YOUR VICTIM ANYMORE"!!!!!!

Charlotte, NC

#4 Oct 22, 2007
monica wrote:
We as a nation need to bring back hanging at our cities courthouse lawns and let it be open to the public for everyone to see. Young and old. Rapist, Child Molesters, Thieves, and Gang members,Abusers, and Murders, "WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE YOUR VICTIM ANYMORE"!!!!!!
Unfortunately, none of this will change if we keep voting the current lot into our state government. Instead of building needed prisons and using recent surpluses to defend citizens of North Carolina against crime, they set out a new budget for '08 that puts us billion + more in the hole.

I don't want my family to be a victim of the evil offenders mentioned, but the first step in the fight is to quit being a victim to the liberal government in NC and vote the bums out.

Norfolk, VA

#5 Oct 22, 2007
The sentencing guidelines need to change. Mark Thomas being a first time offender was looking at 8 to 10, 12 to 15, or 16 to 19 years for second degree murder. I am disgusted that the sentencing is so low for a terrible crime. Thomas' first crime is MURDER and he gets a slap on the hand in comparison to taking another person's life. People get angry at Liberal laws but they do not know the impact until it actually touches your own life. The criminal is delighted, the victims are left behind to lick their wounds and take it. There are few options for victims, wrongful death suits and maybe they will collect, but that is about it. Criminals are given many options, light sentences, appeals out the yang yang, plea bargains, etc. 12 years would be just if it was HARD TIME, but I don't think that is the case anymore. I am sure he has internet, TV, games, good food, visits from friends and family. Prison is not the nightmare it should be. People are not afraid to go to prison, I feel it should be a place a person should be very afraid of. Mark Thomas did not seem upset or afraid at the prospect of going to prison. When he was found guilty, he did not break down, he looked disappointed.
Crime is escalating, citizens must be loud and protest the light sentences, easy time served. Dangerous criminals should be PUNISHED, they should not be given TIME OUT as if they only misbehaved.
Second degree murder should be at least 25 years to life, first time offense.
They get out and do it again, should be automatic death, no appeals.

Locust, NC

#6 Oct 22, 2007
I too agree with Joe from Charlotte, it is the elected officials and judges who are so liberal allowing this to happen. North Carolina is entirely to easy on criminals.
Trouble stopper

United States

#7 Oct 23, 2007
Let's all do our homework, find out who the conservative judges are and put these other bums back to work as lawyers crying to the conservative judges that we elected and possibly make some other type of worker out of them or at least make them suffer as lawyers. The best way to get to these judges is thru their pocket books.
Does anyone know if you have to have a law degree to be a judge in North Carolina?

Norfolk, VA

#8 Oct 24, 2007
Mark Thomas was sentenced according to the NC sentencing guidelines. The judge and the DA do not make up the guidelines. The judge has to sentence within those guidelines. Mark Thomas was a first time offender, being found guilty of second degree murder, he was looking at 8-10, 12-15, 16-19 years. The judge sentenced him 12 to 15 years. If Thomas had been convicted of first degree murder, his sentence would have been life without parole. This case went before a jury, 11 jurors voted for first degree, one juror would not , she voted second degree. The jury was in deliberation for 2.5 hours, I guess they could not convince the one juror to change her mind. The verdict has to be unanimous. The jury did not know Thomas would get so little time. They did know first degree would be life.

Matthews, NC

#9 Oct 24, 2007
Does the prosecuting attorney have the authority of telling the jury what each so called "category" of murder determines in the sentencing process? If not how does the average person no. It is too late to start researching these things once you are deliberating. I would hate to think that we are being kept ignorant for the benefit of some thugs.

Norfolk, VA

#10 Oct 26, 2007
I have not heard of any interviews with the jurors. I wish one of them would post on this blog what went on in the deliberation. They don't have to identify themselves. Just that they were on the jury. I want to know why 11 conceded with the one juror. I want to know how in the world they could have let Thomas get away with murder.

Salisbury, NC

#11 Mar 26, 2009
Who ever posted these comments, never knew the whole situation of what really happened. He was like a big brother to me. He didnt deserve to be sentenced 12 to 15 years, Mark Thomas would have been the one dead that day. It was pure self defense! But if Mark was to have died, how would everyone feel now? He wasn't some coward, he was a great person! You ignorant people listen to the gossip on the news and take what you hear. But just wait until an incident happens ti you where the story has completely changed, and you knew the whole situation, where the other people were completely wrong! Maybe you will except your selfishness and realize that the "news" is nothing but a bunch of lies! Then see how you feel about the situation.

Charlotte, NC

#12 Jul 11, 2009
When people are victims they see things through a whole different set of eyes....
It hurts, stings, and usually requires a lot of psychiatric treatment (even lifetime) & the perp
gets 3 hots and a cot./ a full size basketball court, coffee, and cable television.

All while the victim suffers daily. Is this fair?

Sue for wrongful death !(consider it $$$$$$4 u ). They know it ; they just want tell you (the general public)... They are on the hook ; keep them on it get what is owed to you..........
you are the one suffering; hit them in the pocketbook..........consult with a Monroe Lawyer

Charlotte, NC

#13 Jul 11, 2009
You got $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ waiting for you.........consult a Monroe Lawyer...
brandon douglas

Johnson City, TN

#14 May 28, 2011
I disagree with everyone of you. Especially the one that stated that he wasnt doing hard time and that he has internet and tv and such. Prison is a nightmare and Lanesboro where he was at is among one of the worst prisons in NC. Theres stabbings and and people getting cut with razors on a regular basis. The gang violence there is at an all time high and there is no such thing as doing easy time. Perhaps some of you that has an opinion about this topic or any other case doesnt have all the facts. The SBI hid evidence and tampered with evidence and this particular case is one of the 200 that they are being investigated for. That is why he is the first succesful person in Union County to get an appeal. And me myself hopes he gets out soon. He was a first time offender and is also a very smart, respectful, and he is as nice of a guy that there is. Im sorry for the families loss. It is tragic. I too have lost a sibling do to a shooting. My sister was shot in Gastonia, NC and her bf the one that shot her only got 2 years. So tell me that is not a light sentence. There should not be public hangings. Come on now. That is ridiculous. This was not to hurt, or disrepect anyone. I just think you should know the whole truth before you go slandering someone. Again i hope he gets out soon with the appeal.

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