Chad Austin Gets Reduced Sentenced In Hostage Case

NEWBURYPORT A judge has reduced the prison sentence of Chad Austin. He's the New Hampshire man who was convicted of robbing a bank, shooting at police during a high-speed chase into Massachusetts, then taking a ... Full Story
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anonymous

Springfield, MA

#1 Dec 28, 2006
Everyone is saying she "reduced" the sentence. That's bull. There was a flaw or something in the original trial so she REsentenced him. If you look at other home invasion cases in the last 10 years you won't find many double digits. 20 is sufficient.
The Misses

Ansonia, CT

#2 Jan 4, 2007
anonymous wrote:
Everyone is saying she "reduced" the sentence. That's bull. There was a flaw or something in the original trial so she REsentenced him. If you look at other home invasion cases in the last 10 years you won't find many double digits. 20 is sufficient.
Other home invasion cases with rape, assault, etc. have received less prison time. This whole case is garbage and by no means should result in the sentence it did - not by a long shot. Talk about a conspiracy, many the witnesses in this case had obviously no regard for the fact that perjury is a crime.
Robin Wheeler

Dunbarton, NH

#4 Jun 25, 2007
I went to school and was befriended several times by Chad Austin in Concord NH, back in the early 90's. He was, and still is an arrogant trouble maker and NOT highly intelligent. He spent some of his high school years in an alternative school before dropping out. He was arrogant due to his father being in law enforcement. He had the perception that his father could get him out of anything. Not this time Chad....
hochiwichi

Astoria, NY

#6 Jul 31, 2007
He could be intelligent despite a lack of education. He looks and sounds like a total loser. Hopefully he'll grow up some day, he's not getting out until he's well into his fifties. Like so many selfish and foolish young people, he threw his life away. He can start to live in his 50s..wow, that sucks, but that's the law
Mary Jane

Denver, CO

#7 Jul 31, 2007
....The kid is seriously smart!! Most people in that situation would just wet their pants and cry looking at the time he was. At least he had the nerve to defend himself!
MJSLou

United States

#8 Aug 1, 2007
Mary Jane wrote:
....The kid is seriously smart!! Most people in that situation would just wet their pants and cry looking at the time he was. At least he had the nerve to defend himself!
Kid was a punk. Came off as an arrogant ass. Should have gotten max and it should have stayed at the max. If it was you he was holding the gun to, you said the same thing.
Kris Sanders

Shelton, CT

#9 Dec 29, 2007
It seems that several of those who made comments don't know enough about the story, nor the individual to warrant making those comments..
The Misses wrote:
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Other home invasion cases with rape, assault, etc. have received less prison time. This whole case is garbage and by no means should result in the sentence it did - not by a long shot. Talk about a conspiracy, many the witnesses in this case had obviously no regard for the fact that perjury is a crime.
Shawn Strickland

Ocoee, FL

#10 Jul 10, 2008
None of you even know Chad, so to sit and talk false crap about him you all need to look in the mirror. Chad has lived a life none of you will ever know so grow up PUNKS!!!!!!!
Jack

AOL

#11 Nov 27, 2008
Robin Wheeler wrote:
I went to school and was befriended several times by Chad Austin in Concord NH, back in the early 90's. He was, and still is an arrogant trouble maker and NOT highly intelligent. He spent some of his high school years in an alternative school before dropping out. He was arrogant due to his father being in law enforcement. He had the perception that his father could get him out of anything. Not this time Chad....
This is so much bulls*it--I know because it almost happened to my son. Most cops seem to think a they are about the law and coverup is common in these cases. Then they want to know why they are refered to as pigs.
Jack

AOL

#12 Nov 27, 2008
This is so much bull*it. -I know because it almost happened to my son. A lot of cops think they are above the law and have a right to cover up what they do wrong. Then they wonder why the are refered to as pigs.
LIz

Beverly, MA

#13 Dec 16, 2008
Actually after knowing Chad for over 10 years now... you guys know nothing, the trial was BS he shouldn't of gotten a quarter of the sentence, the cops couldn't prove 90% of what they testified to, I actually didn't become friends with him til during the trial when i saw how screwed he was being by the law!!!
lady

San Jose, CA

#14 Mar 29, 2010
From watching the special on TV about the incident and trial, and even after reading a few articles, I think that he should have gotten a lesser sentence because I don't think had any intention of hurting the boys, and I don't think he wanted to hurt Hardy either. Yes he deserves jail time for the robbery and the car chase and firing at the cops, but he made a valid point that the cops weren't about to *not* shoot him, and that seeking shelter was an attempt as survival. And yes, he deserves jail time for home invasion as well. But I don't think he kidnapped the boys.

I hope that when he gets free, he can live a good, peaceful and lawful life.
lady

San Jose, CA

#15 Mar 29, 2010
Correction: "...seeking shelter was an at* survival."

Also, it's not like he was denying his involvement, or that he was pleading pure innocence. He was denying that his intent in the incidents was murderous.

It's no mystery that he screwed up, but I'm not convinced that he's maliciously violent.
lady

San Jose, CA

#16 Mar 29, 2010
Crap.

Correction: "...seeking shelter was an attempt* at survival."

Lol. Alright, I'm done. XD
skbsoccermom

Gilbertsville, PA

#17 May 20, 2010
Don't any of you have kids? If somone barged into my house with a gun and terrified my family like that I would hope to see them rot. This guy is a menace and should stay locked up. I guess as always, someone really has to die in order to get justice.
susun420

United States

#18 Jul 4, 2010
I am a penpal of chad's and have ben writing him for a year. He made a big mistake and everyone wants to degrade him for it. No one was hurt except for him. If the police were shooting at you you would seek shelter too.I think he's suffering enough and I think he is very sweet. By the way he just had a birthday. Murderers and rapists get out faster. So that's B.S. Thanks for a little compassion.
markben

La Crescenta, CA

#19 Jul 15, 2010
Shawn Strickland wrote:
None of you even know Chad, so to sit and talk false crap about him you all need to look in the mirror. Chad has lived a life none of you will ever know so grow up PUNKS!!!!!!!
ur a tool .. i seriously doubt he's lived a life beyond the sufferings and drawbacks of many americans who still manage to not rob banks, shoot at cops and hold a unsuspecting family at gunpoint.. why would i care to know this guy? isn't it said that it's tribulation that test the character of men .. so based on that and assuming you know of some deep dark secret to the huge sufferings poor little chad went thru he failed when tested.. he's a loser ... and if you think anything different so are you ..
markben

La Crescenta, CA

#20 Jul 15, 2010
susun420 wrote:
I am a penpal of chad's and have ben writing him for a year. He made a big mistake and everyone wants to degrade him for it. No one was hurt except for him. If the police were shooting at you you would seek shelter too.I think he's suffering enough and I think he is very sweet. By the way he just had a birthday. Murderers and rapists get out faster. So that's B.S. Thanks for a little compassion.
he shot at the cops ...!! u prick .. so he can shot at them but they are not allowed to return fire ..? what if one of his shots would have actually hit and killed a cop ? u must be some fat, ugly woman.. corresponding with a fugitive .. maybe your thin and just have low self-esteem ... your penpal .. you should really not admit that .. wow . how sad for you ..
Goose

Owens Cross Roads, AL

#21 Mar 2, 2011
Chad Austin deserved life without possibility for kidnapping and endangering those children. Attempted murder of a corrections officer another life sentence Then you can tack on the shooting at police and evading. Then tack on home invasion. Too bad he wasn't killed.
Stressed Out Mom

Winchester, TN

#22 Mar 29, 2011
The sentence is absolutely baffling. Austin was a stumble away from killing one if not more of the hostages. No matter how one feels about law enforcement, there is absolutely no justification to take small children hostage.

Individuals get more time under the three strikes/you're out rule for minor possession yet an individual who mentally tortured a child gets a smack on the hand.

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