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Rose Jamison

Dublin, OH

#1 Dec 15, 2009
Chester Henson should have had a better defense than he received.
He was promised treatment in a psychiatric facility....but that never happened.
I do not believe he would have pleaded guilty, voluntarily and unless coercrced..
He should have been advised to stand trial, so his side of the story could be told.
This is a travesty of justice in Fairfield County.
Reality Check

Columbus, OH

#2 Dec 16, 2009
Ohio has a lock'em up mentality. My heart goes out to this man and his family. When are judges going to realize that those they sentence are people too. He made a bad choice, but where is the true justice in this situation. Lawyers love to take plea deals. They get paid and don't have to work for it.
Father of Inmate

Santa Clara, CA

#3 Dec 17, 2009
Thank You for Your kindness in this post.
This could happen to any normal person,
study the dangers of psychotropic drugs,
which are freely given, with no tests
required, just a diagnosis.
Go here and spread the word about
a plague in our Nation.
The documentary is named "Making a Killing".
http://www.cchrint.org/videos/drugs/mak/
angel

Morehead, KY

#4 Dec 17, 2009
sorry for your loss
Father of Inmate

Santa Clara, CA

#5 Dec 17, 2009
Thank You, Chester was a sweet person, and he
loved life, he just couldn't handle Zoloft,
and my heart is broken for what they did to my
only son, my only child.
Rob D

Lancaster, OH

#6 Dec 18, 2009
I am saddened about Chesters death. I was one of his co-workers in the hospital and we chatted now and then (we worked different shifts and departments but sometimes our jobs overlapped).
And I agree, he should have had received treatment, not jail.
Cynthia Hanke

AOL

#7 Dec 23, 2009
While I do not know what medications Chester was taking, if any, or to what extent he was evaluated, I do know that as the sister of the person he tried to shoot, we have all suffered from this terrible tragedy. My heart goes out to Chester's family. Maybe if hospital authorities had listened to my sister when she repeatedly told them she was afraid, and enforced the hospital's ZERO TOLERANCE for harrassment in the workplace policy in the weeks prior to the incident, he would be alive.
Cynthia Hanke

AOL

#8 Dec 23, 2009
Rob D wrote:
I am saddened about Chesters death. I was one of his co-workers in the hospital and we chatted now and then (we worked different shifts and departments but sometimes our jobs overlapped).
And I agree, he should have had received treatment, not jail.
Question, if Chester had killed my sister, would you feel the same, that he should receive treatment-or then would it be ok to lock hinm up because he commited murder? He came to the hospital with a gun, and had the police officer not intervened, my neice would be motherless. She was saved by the flesh of the officer's hand, nothing more, nothing less!! I too feel Chester needed treatment, but he did come to work with a loaded gun, and that is against the law. I sat in the court the the tuesday before he took his life, and I cried then for him. He must have fallen thru the cracks of our mental health system, long ago.
Cynthia Hanke

AOL

#9 Dec 23, 2009
Rose Jamison wrote:
Chester Henson should have had a better defense than he received.
He was promised treatment in a psychiatric facility....but that never happened.
I do not believe he would have pleaded guilty, voluntarily and unless coercrced..
He should have been advised to stand trial, so his side of the story could be told.
This is a travesty of justice in Fairfield County.
What about the other person in this story? The wonderful person whom I've known all my life, who gives kindness to everyone, and wouldn't hurt a soul?? What about her??? He made a terrible mistake, he tried to kill an innocent person, thank God he didn't succeed- he had several bullets, adn intended to harm.
Observer

Plymouth, MI

#10 Dec 26, 2009
Cynthia Hanke wrote:
<quoted text>
What about the other person in this story? The wonderful person whom I've known all my life, who gives kindness to everyone, and wouldn't hurt a soul?? What about her??? He made a terrible mistake, he tried to kill an innocent person, thank God he didn't succeed- he had several bullets, adn intended to harm.
I saw how Your sister came on to Chester at the Hospital.
She is not the innocent woman You make her out to be.
I guess acting like a slut at work is alright.
Observer

Plymouth, MI

#12 Dec 27, 2009
Willy wrote:
All prisoners should hang themselves! Save my tax dollars!
You should hang yourself and do the world a favor
for being such a dumb ass. Such a stupid statement.
Roger

Canton, OH

#16 Dec 27, 2009
Father of Inmate wrote:
Thank You, Chester was a sweet person, and he
loved life, he just couldn't handle Zoloft,
and my heart is broken for what they did to my
only son, my only child.
Sounds like a real upstanding young man?
Roger

Canton, OH

#17 Dec 27, 2009
Reality Check wrote:
Ohio has a lock'em up mentality. My heart goes out to this man and his family. When are judges going to realize that those they sentence are people too. He made a bad choice, but where is the true justice in this situation. Lawyers love to take plea deals. They get paid and don't have to work for it.
Lets let ALL the shooters out THATS the right thing to do! ya right! duh!
Rose Jamison

Dublin, OH

#19 Dec 27, 2009
Let all without sin cast the first stone.
john

Chillicothe, OH

#20 Dec 27, 2009
im so sad at what happened thats bull and ppl need to get their sh** together the courts have no heart 4 ppl nobody is perfect i miss u chet r.i.p.
john

Chillicothe, OH

#21 Dec 27, 2009
Father of Inmate wrote:
Thank You, Chester was a sweet person, and he
loved life, he just couldn't handle Zoloft,
and my heart is broken for what they did to my
only son, my only child.
my heart goes out to you and ur family i miss him so much and 4 lori she made him the way he acted i hate that fatass she should be the one dead not my brother my best friend.. i hope u guys r doin ok if u need me or wanna talk write me back i miss u c.l.h. r.i.p. maybe gone but never forgotton.. ps ur sister ashley loves and miss's u chet.
Father of Inmate

Canton, MI

#23 Dec 28, 2009
john wrote:
<quoted text>my heart goes out to you and ur family i miss him so much and 4 lori she made him the way he acted i hate that fatass she should be the one dead not my brother my best friend.. i hope u guys r doin ok if u need me or wanna talk write me back i miss u c.l.h. r.i.p. maybe gone but never forgotton.. ps ur sister ashley loves and miss's u chet.
John, we need You, we want to talk. You were his little brother.
We love you John
May you know the truth

AOL

#25 Dec 29, 2009
time does not heal all wrote:
It's sad some lead their lives like this. They are in all workplaces. Her co-workers will punish her in the long run. Avoid her at all costs, talk about her behind her back and give her the cold shoulder.
This is one of those sad situations where it escalated to the law breaking moment but no one believed he'd actually go through with it. It's sad his life was shortened by his problems.
Now let her live with hers.
First of all, you are on a slippery slope, you sound like an unstable person, maybe you should be investigated if you are threatening soemone at work! too bad this isn't OSU, where they actually enforce their policies, and would have had him removed from the workplace. You really don't know the full story. She never was in love with him, or acted inappropriately toward him. He broke the law, it's a tragedy, but he was sick before he ever thought he was in love with her.
May you know the truth

AOL

#26 Dec 29, 2009
john wrote:
<quoted text>my heart goes out to you and ur family i miss him so much and 4 lori she made him the way he acted i hate that fatass she should be the one dead not my brother my best friend.. i hope u guys r doin ok if u need me or wanna talk write me back i miss u c.l.h. r.i.p. maybe gone but never forgotton.. ps ur sister ashley loves and miss's u chet.
i am really sory about your brother, too.I think he fell thru the cracks of the mental health system. Yes, he broke the law, and had to go thru that process, but too bad he was even working if he was so unstable. I guess no one knew how unbalanced he really was. I heard his wife beat him up and did all kinds of terrible treatment. i wonder where she is in all this?? He's in a better place now.
May you know the truth

AOL

#27 Dec 29, 2009
Father of Inmate wrote:
Thank You for Your kindness in this post.
This could happen to any normal person,
study the dangers of psychotropic drugs,
which are freely given, with no tests
required, just a diagnosis.
Go here and spread the word about
a plague in our Nation.
The documentary is named "Making a Killing".
http://www.cchrint.org/videos/drugs/mak/
I'm very sorry for your loss, but I can assure you all persons are tested before being given any type of drug, and it's up to the individual to follow up with the Dr. as to whether or not the drug is working for them. that's where the problems arise in mental health, most patients don't give appropriate feedback to their doctors.

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