Letter: Don't forget Gregory Wright

Letter: Don't forget Gregory Wright

There are 88 comments on the Oroville Mercury-Register story from Sep 27, 2010, titled Letter: Don't forget Gregory Wright. In it, Oroville Mercury-Register reports that:

This time three years ago, unfortunate Gregory Wright saw his last day as a free man.

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Freedom Fighter

Oroville, CA

#1 Sep 27, 2010
How could we forget Greg Wright. He held hundreds of family hostages as they wonder if they would see their children alive again. You guys are the lowest of low and have no consideration for those who still suffer from that terrible day..Get a life!
dick

Durham, CA

#2 Sep 27, 2010
whats his name, i forgot. i remember about some nery-do-well who found out his warm water IQ was true and wouldn't be a rock star
Boo Hoo

Chico, CA

#5 Sep 27, 2010
Freedom Fighter wrote:
How could we forget Greg Wright. He held hundreds of family hostages as they wonder if they would see their children alive again. You guys are the lowest of low and have no consideration for those who still suffer from that terrible day..Get a life!
Boo hoo parents were scared. But no one was hurt. He was a juvenile, they tried him as an adult and asked for LIFE!! His scared parents took a plea bargain and it was all over in a week. He pled down to 22 years in state prison and the judge wouldn't even consider letting them take back their plea.

At the same time, article after article appeared in the paper of crimes committed by actual adults. Rapists, murder, shooting, drunk driving when people are killed, robbery, child molestation. None of those adult criminals got 22 years in prison and they hurt people. At that time a man pushed another man off of a roof. Another person shot someone in the eye. A child molester who victimized multiple children got 9 years. Only recently a man who sexually assaulted a woman got probation.

If Ramsey is going to ask for life in prison for a kid who held people hostage at gunpoint but DID NOT SHOOT ANYONE, then I want people who rape, murder, molest, rob, kill, and drive drunk to go to jail for 22 years also.

Gregory Wright probably would have grown up and maybe not even hurt anyone, maybe he would have. But if he had raped someone he would have gotten less time in jail. And that is ridiculous.
One who knows

Oroville, CA

#6 Sep 27, 2010
You'll never convince those who believe in sentencing based on "what might have been" rather than "what actually was"....until of course they find themselves in a similar situation.
Huh

Long Beach, CA

#7 Sep 27, 2010
Don't do the crime if you can't do the time!
Time for healing

United States

#8 Sep 27, 2010
This is not some primative country that keeps people in jail for long sentences that don't fit the crime. He has served his time. Let him out to be productive as opposed to keeping him incarcerated for such a long time that he would never be able to adjust to society.

It would cost so little to allow an appeal in comparison to keeping him another 20 years. Let him out and save the taxpayers the money. Give his family their son back.
Smoke him if you got him

Chico, CA

#9 Sep 27, 2010
It is a time for healing. He can heal in jail on his own time and society can heal with him safely isolated from us.

This is just another of what will be annual campaign drives to release this dirtclod. I suggest we all just let this poster post to himself and not continue the discussion. The sound of one hand clapping is not nearly as annoying as listening to this claptrap about a sweet young boy....BSBSBSBSBSBSBSBS on and on.
Criminally Smart

Chico, CA

#11 Sep 27, 2010
Again, the man on the street in the good ol' USA in general, and Butte county in particular, contends that people can be discarded as trash. But don't worry, your leaders/masters feel the same about YOU...

From Wikipedia:
The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world at 754 persons in prison or jail per 100,000 (as of 2008).[3] A report released Feb. 28, 2008 indicates that more than 1 in 100 adults in the United States are in prison.[24] The United States has less than 5% of the world's population[25] and 23.4% of the world's prison population.[1]

Stupid. Period.

“AccountKiller”

Since: Jul 09

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#12 Sep 27, 2010
[QUOTE who="Criminally Smart" But don't worry, your leaders/masters feel the same about YOU...[/QUOTE]

Absolutely true.

“AccountKiller”

Since: Jul 09

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#13 Sep 27, 2010
One who knows wrote:
You'll never convince those who believe in sentencing based on "what might have been" rather than "what actually was"....until of course they find themselves in a similar situation.
So true. Let us never forget....

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." ~Benjamin Franklin

“AccountKiller”

Since: Jul 09

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#14 Sep 27, 2010
Boo Hoo wrote:
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Boo hoo parents were scared. But no one was hurt. He was a juvenile, they tried him as an adult and asked for LIFE!! His scared parents took a plea bargain and it was all over in a week. He pled down to 22 years in state prison and the judge wouldn't even consider letting them take back their plea.
At the same time, article after article appeared in the paper of crimes committed by actual adults. Rapists, murder, shooting, drunk driving when people are killed, robbery, child molestation. None of those adult criminals got 22 years in prison and they hurt people. At that time a man pushed another man off of a roof. Another person shot someone in the eye. A child molester who victimized multiple children got 9 years. Only recently a man who sexually assaulted a woman got probation.
If Ramsey is going to ask for life in prison for a kid who held people hostage at gunpoint but DID NOT SHOOT ANYONE, then I want people who rape, murder, molest, rob, kill, and drive drunk to go to jail for 22 years also.
Gregory Wright probably would have grown up and maybe not even hurt anyone, maybe he would have. But if he had raped someone he would have gotten less time in jail. And that is ridiculous.
Excellent post. And people argue with me when I say our justice system is a joke. You proved my point well with that post. The priorities have been skewed.
DUI Criminal Club

Chico, CA

#15 Sep 27, 2010
People with Tickets should get at least 5 years. Throwing away a candy wrapper..that should be 10 years. A DUI should be 30 years. Being Mike's daughter, that should be "get out of jail free card".Being poor...that should be an automatic 22 years!
Chico Student

San Francisco, CA

#16 Sep 27, 2010
"Wright was carrying a .22-caliber handgun when he took about 30 students and a substitute teacher hostage last Friday in a band room at Las Plumas High School in Oroville, about 65 miles north of Sacramento, authorities said. At least two shots were fired into the ceiling before he surrendered.

Charges against him also include possession of a firearm on school grounds, two counts of discharging a firearm on school grounds and four counts of false imprisonment."

This was not a DUI or a traffic violation. Because he did not kill anyone it is all right? Liberials need to stop doing drugs and stop thinking that it is OK to do crimes. Let him rot-in-pieces. I hope he can find a good boyfriend.
Are You A Pedophile Jim

United States

#17 Sep 27, 2010
Hey Jim Adams. You keep fighting to get Gregory Wright released and no one is answering. Why are you, a man in his 50's (?) so obsessed with a teenage boy?
Criminally Smart

Chico, CA

#18 Sep 27, 2010
Chico Student wrote:
"Wright was carrying a .22-caliber handgun when he took about 30 students and a substitute teacher hostage last Friday in a band room at Las Plumas High School in Oroville, about 65 miles north of Sacramento, authorities said. At least two shots were fired into the ceiling before he surrendered.
Charges against him also include possession of a firearm on school grounds, two counts of discharging a firearm on school grounds and four counts of false imprisonment."
This was not a DUI or a traffic violation. Because he did not kill anyone it is all right? Liberials need to stop doing drugs and stop thinking that it is OK to do crimes. Let him rot-in-pieces. I hope he can find a good boyfriend.
Of course it is NOT alright. But to throw a 17 yo boy's life away like garbage is draconian and asinine. Punishment was indeed warranted, and if this was a 35 yo ex-con with a history of violence that we were talking about, 22 years would likely not be too long a sentence, IMHO. The fact remains that he shot at no one. Prison in this country is not about rehabilitation, it is about vengeance. In the words of Napoleon, "vengeance has no foresight". Try a little foresight. What kind of man do you think this boy will likely become by the time he is released? I hope he is able to prove me wrong.
sparks_red

United States

#19 Sep 27, 2010
When Wright fired those 2 shots through the ceiling did he know there was no one above him? What if there had been and he had killed them would those trying to get his sentence reduced feel the same way? Would they then say it was an "accident" that he "didn't mean to hurt anyone"?
What if the object of his anger had been in school that day? Would he have shot that person? Can you say without a doubt that person would have lived that day without any injury?

If the family and friends of Wright want to blame someone then blame all those kids before Wright. The ones that killed the kids at Columbine and other schools across our nation. Parents banded together and cried out for protection for the children of our country. Sometimes that means we make an example of the ones that commit similar crimes to try to prevent other from doing the same.
If Wright's sentence prevents just one teenager from killing other students at a school then is the sentence really that harsh.

He chose to take the gun to school,knowing it was a crime. So now he must be a man and suffer the consequences of his actions. Hopefully he will use this time productively, learn a skill and do something with his life instead of stewing and blaming everyone for his time behind bars.
Callahan

San Clemente, CA

#20 Sep 27, 2010
He was a boy,,crying for help !!! Now his life has been ruined !!! You people can't, or won't understand that. Are you good Christians ? Do you have a heart ? He could have been punished and back to living a normal life by now.He could have been a productive member of society. Now he lives and sleeps with criminals. How is that supposed to help us ? help you ? help me?
Public Safety

United States

#21 Sep 27, 2010
Smoke him if you got him wrote:
It is a time for healing. He can heal in jail on his own time and society can heal with him safely isolated from us.
This is just another of what will be annual campaign drives to release this dirtclod. I suggest we all just let this poster post to himself and not continue the discussion. The sound of one hand clapping is not nearly as annoying as listening to this claptrap about a sweet young boy....BSBSBSBSBSBSBSBS on and on.
Yes, lets keep Greg Wright in jail forever. He PUT THE GUN DOWN AND DIDN'T SHOOT ANYONE. He made a bad choice followed by a good one. But we have to keep him locked away for 20 more years. If we let him out, then there would be room for all of the rapists and child molesters from Butte County who get off with probation or one or two years at county.
Public Safety

United States

#22 Sep 27, 2010
Chico Student wrote:
"Wright was carrying a .22-caliber handgun when he took about 30 students and a substitute teacher hostage last Friday in a band room at Las Plumas High School in Oroville, about 65 miles north of Sacramento, authorities said. At least two shots were fired into the ceiling before he surrendered.
Charges against him also include possession of a firearm on school grounds, two counts of discharging a firearm on school grounds and four counts of false imprisonment."
This was not a DUI or a traffic violation. Because he did not kill anyone it is all right? Liberials need to stop doing drugs and stop thinking that it is OK to do crimes. Let him rot-in-pieces. I hope he can find a good boyfriend.
Right. He didn't shoot, rape, murder, or hurt anyone. The people who do that don't have to go to jail. I feel real safe with him locked up and the rapist that just got probation walking around free.
vigilante

Yolo, CA

#23 Sep 28, 2010
Are You A Pedophile Jim wrote:
Hey Jim Adams. You keep fighting to get Gregory Wright released and no one is answering. Why are you, a man in his 50's (?) so obsessed with a teenage boy?
Good question! How about it Jim Adams?

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