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Schaefer sentenced 24 years to life in Melody Osheroff case

There are 130 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Jul 13, 2010, titled Schaefer sentenced 24 years to life in Melody Osheroff case. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

In an emotional, 3 1/2-hour hearing, Edward Schaefer was sentenced Tuesday to serve 24 years to life in prison for killing 9-year-old Melody Osheroff of Novato in a drunken driving incident last year.

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Since: Mar 10

Novato, CA

#1 Jul 13, 2010
He belongs UNDER the jail. 8 prior DUI's and this clown was still on the loose. Somewhere, somebody really dropped the ball on this whole DUI mess. ONE is TOO
MANY!!!
tramky

Vacaville, CA

#2 Jul 13, 2010
It's the prosecutors & judges. No way this happens with any competence in the judicial system.
RDT

Los Gatos, CA

#3 Jul 13, 2010
Times are tough and this dirt bag is housed and fed for 24 years on the public dime! The American criminal justice system sure is grand. With appeals and such, Schaefer will cost us tax payers a bundle. Oh, well!
Priorities

United States

#4 Jul 13, 2010
I would rather spend taxpayer dollars locking these scum suckers up than supporting and taking care of ILLEGAL ALIENS.
Byron

San Francisco, CA

#5 Jul 13, 2010
Justice prevails. Melody's memory lives on.
about time

San Rafael, CA

#6 Jul 13, 2010
hopefully he will "be taken care of" in jail and won't last 24 days, much less 24 years.
sorry

Santa Maria, CA

#8 Jul 13, 2010
Sorry, but the crime does not fit the sentence. Yea, he's a troubled individual, but I don't think he planned to do this? He did not sit down and decide to kill this girl. In reality, he's an alcoholic and depending on his Liver's health, he most likely has a higher tolerance
for alcohol than the average person--meaning it was most likely a combination of
errors that resulted in an accident. Yes, an alcoholic can drink excessively and drive as good
as a non-drinker(it depends on the liver enzymes and brain dependence). All of you claim to think rationally, but when it comes to drugs, alcohol and
chemical dependence--most of you are just ignorant. It would have been cheaper to put a alcohol monitor on his leg for life than this costly sentence(read foot note 1).

1. It costs tax payers about $72,000/yr to house an inmate in CA (year 2001 stats.)
If he does the minimum of 24 years it will cost You 1,728,000.00

2. But he's a heartless animal and even if it cost 1 billion dollars to punish this guy
I'd pay it!!! Not me!!! I know I'm a liberal mindless idiot!!!
Fed Up

Newark, CA

#9 Jul 13, 2010
To the last post "sorry", you're 100% off base. Yes, Schaefer did not get up that morning thinking that he would run down two pedestrians in a crosswalk. However, when he got boozed up and decided to hop on his motorcycle, he made a clear decision...one he had made numerous times before and supposedly been "rehabilitated". Most of the people convicted of DUI must attend DUI classes and AA meetings as part of their sentence. Since he had been repeatedly convicted, he had been thru the classes and "rehabilitation" almost a dozen times. HE KNEW BETTER, but decided to drive (at an unsafe speed) anyway. For that reason, he's been convicted. I hope he never walks the streets a free man again. He has lost that priviledge.
sorry is clueless

Foster City, CA

#10 Jul 13, 2010
sorry wrote:
Sorry, but the crime does not fit the sentence. Yea, he's a troubled individual, but I don't think he planned to do this? He did not sit down and decide to kill this girl. In reality, he's an alcoholic and depending on his Liver's health, he most likely has a higher tolerance
for alcohol than the average person--meaning it was most likely a combination of
errors that resulted in an accident. Yes, an alcoholic can drink excessively and drive as good
as a non-drinker(it depends on the liver enzymes and brain dependence). All of you claim to think rationally, but when it comes to drugs, alcohol and
chemical dependence--most of you are just ignorant. It would have been cheaper to put a alcohol monitor on his leg for life than this costly sentence(read foot note 1).
1. It costs tax payers about $72,000/yr to house an inmate in CA (year 2001 stats.)
If he does the minimum of 24 years it will cost You 1,728,000.00
2. But he's a heartless animal and even if it cost 1 billion dollars to punish this guy
I'd pay it!!! Not me!!! I know I'm a liberal mindless idiot!!!
It is not about the money you idiot! You obviously have no idea about the particular facts of this case, or the history of the defendant.
Zoroaster

Mill Valley, CA

#11 Jul 13, 2010
Might be nice if the prison guadrs had cold beers outside of his cell everyday...
scott

United States

#12 Jul 13, 2010
"One day after Melody Osheroff would have celebrated her 11th birthday, her convicted killer was handed the maximum sentence in Marin County Superior Court."

That's right, Edward Schaefer is a killer. Hopefully this worthless POS will die in prison.
lsmft

San Jose, CA

#13 Jul 13, 2010
Oh my God! Where are all of the protesters? This dirtbag got what he deserved!

You Liberals, Johannes Messerle was doing his job and he screwed up when he shot the convict Oscar Grant! He should do some time! BUt remember last year a Santa CLara DEputy fell asleep at the wheel and ran over and killed to bike riders. The deputy was convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter, and sentenced to probation. He killed two hard working people, and the victims accepted the verdict!

There were no riots in Santa CLara, because the victim's families have jobs and work for a living, not like Oscar Grants,who live off of the system1
SR Native

Mill Valley, CA

#15 Jul 13, 2010
Child killers are targets in prison, one step below pedophiles. He got less time then he deserved.

And to the sorry poster, every time you drive drunk you made a decision to put everyone in your path at risk. So, yes he did make the decision to MURDER and MAIM 2 people in a family. I hope you never experience the sorrow of losing someone to a preventable action.
Enablers Anonymous

Ross, CA

#16 Jul 13, 2010
sorry wrote:
Sorry, but the crime does not fit the sentence. Yea, he's a troubled individual, but I don't think he planned to do this? He did not sit down and decide to kill this girl. In reality, he's an alcoholic and depending on his Liver's health, he most likely has a higher tolerance
for alcohol than the average person--meaning it was most likely a combination of
errors that resulted in an accident. Yes, an alcoholic can drink excessively and drive as good
as a non-drinker(it depends on the liver enzymes and brain dependence). All of you claim to think rationally, but when it comes to drugs, alcohol and
chemical dependence--most of you are just ignorant. It would have been cheaper to put a alcohol monitor on his leg for life than this costly sentence(read foot note 1).
1. It costs tax payers about $72,000/yr to house an inmate in CA (year 2001 stats.)
If he does the minimum of 24 years it will cost You 1,728,000.00
2. But he's a heartless animal and even if it cost 1 billion dollars to punish this guy
I'd pay it!!! Not me!!! I know I'm a liberal mindless idiot!!!
Alcoholics, contrary to what they would have us believe ARE responsible for their choices. While alcohol may be addictive, driving under the influence is not. I'm tired of alcoholics demanding tolerance from society and the criminal justice system while they continue to ruin the lives of innocents like the Osheroffs. They are incredible destructive human beings. This man had 8 priors---8 chances to DECIDE to get his act together. I hope he suffers greatly behind bars. He will have no remorse, but expect everyone to feel sorry for him.
Hay Caramba

Novato, CA

#17 Jul 13, 2010
sorry wrote:
Sorry, but the crime does not fit the sentence. Yea, he's a troubled individual, but I don't think he planned to do this? He did not sit down and decide to kill this girl. In reality, he's an alcoholic and depending on his Liver's health, he most likely has a higher tolerance
for alcohol than the average person--meaning it was most likely a combination of
errors that resulted in an accident. Yes, an alcoholic can drink excessively and drive as good
as a non-drinker(it depends on the liver enzymes and brain dependence). All of you claim to think rationally, but when it comes to drugs, alcohol and
chemical dependence--most of you are just ignorant. It would have been cheaper to put a alcohol monitor on his leg for life than this costly sentence(read foot note 1).
1. It costs tax payers about $72,000/yr to house an inmate in CA (year 2001 stats.)
If he does the minimum of 24 years it will cost You 1,728,000.00
2. But he's a heartless animal and even if it cost 1 billion dollars to punish this guy
I'd pay it!!! Not me!!! I know I'm a liberal mindless idiot!!!
"I know I'm a liberal mindless idiot!!"

This is the only sentence in all your drivel that is accurate!

Clearly you don't understand the concept of punishment as the last resort of deterrence!
unbelievable

Petaluma, CA

#18 Jul 13, 2010
sorry wrote:
Sorry, but the crime does not fit the sentence. Yea, he's a troubled individual, but I don't think he planned to do this? He did not sit down and decide to kill this girl. In reality, he's an alcoholic and depending on his Liver's health, he most likely has a higher tolerance
for alcohol than the average person--meaning it was most likely a combination of
errors that resulted in an accident. Yes, an alcoholic can drink excessively and drive as good
as a non-drinker(it depends on the liver enzymes and brain dependence). All of you claim to think rationally, but when it comes to drugs, alcohol and
chemical dependence--most of you are just ignorant. It would have been cheaper to put a alcohol monitor on his leg for life than this costly sentence(read foot note 1).
1. It costs tax payers about $72,000/yr to house an inmate in CA (year 2001 stats.)
If he does the minimum of 24 years it will cost You 1,728,000.00
2. But he's a heartless animal and even if it cost 1 billion dollars to punish this guy
I'd pay it!!! Not me!!! I know I'm a liberal mindless idiot!!!
Spoken like a true alcoholic! As a tax paying member of society, I am happy to be part of paying that sum instead of having him do this to another family, even yours!

Since: Aug 09

San Rafael, CA

#19 Jul 13, 2010
"The sentence came after a hearing that lasted 3 hours, 25 minutes, most of which was emotional pleas for the maximum sentence by Osheroff friends and family."

It boggles my mind that a piece of shyte like Osheroff still has friends. I hope the boys in the pen find out what he did and make his life a living hell.
califpatriot

United States

#20 Jul 13, 2010
Withnail wrote-It boggles my mind that a piece of shyte like Osheroff still has friends. I hope the boys in the pen find out what he did and make his life a living hell.
YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!!! Try and read , and hopefully comprehend the story next time before you post. The Osheroffs are the VICTIMS!!! Edward Shaefer is the drunk being sentenced!
reality

Pleasanton, CA

#21 Jul 13, 2010
general population for him please
very odd

San Anselmo, CA

#22 Jul 13, 2010
24 years is a light sentence. Marin judges cannot hand out real justice. There are just too many liberals in Marin that think with their hearts and not their minds.

I hate to say it, but he will be out in 12-14 years. I don't care what any judge or lawyer says. Technology is what will allow a parole board to let him out. They will say he will never drive again because device xyz won't allow him to drive. The state of califonia cannot afford to keep him in jail this long thus he will get out early. Had the judge thrown the book at him with a 75 year sentence, then he would not have gotten out.

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