Houchens Guilty in Louisa County Beating

Houchens Guilty in Louisa County Beating

There are 35 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from May 22, 2010, titled Houchens Guilty in Louisa County Beating. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Remone Houchens faces 30 years to life in prison. The 19-year-old accused of beating and robbing an elderly woman in Louisa County was found guilty Friday morning.

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juror

United States

#23 Dec 3, 2010
U don't know what the jury heard. They don't get to hear the entire 911 tape, hear all of the witnesses, see video tapes of investegators interviews. They don't get to see all of the things u see on tv. Its easy to say that this was a no brainer and he deserved life when u have watched all the news reports on the outside. Not saying he didn't deserve more, but u formed that opinion because of the information u received. The jurors recommended sentencing based on the information they received.
juror

United States

#24 Dec 3, 2010
Also, do u know the jury doesn't even get to hear his background record. As jurors u swear in not to go home and look at the news, radio, newspapers, and not to investigate on ur own. If a juror is looking up his record on the internet or is googling his name, it could cause a mistrial and he could potentially walk. It would be nice if jurors could know 100% of what everyone else know....but that's not the way it is.
GETCH SUM

AOL

#25 Dec 3, 2010
Simply the site of that baboon makes me want to knock those fat @ss lips off his face.
May his prey be happy and never afraid again.
GETCH SUM

AOL

#26 Dec 3, 2010
oops "sight". Before you spelling Police come after me.
just sayin

Troutville, VA

#27 Dec 3, 2010
citizen wrote:
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Court ordered PROBATION vice parole enables some to weasel out early. Parole is not the only way to exit prison. This would make for a good NBC29 article.
I'm sorry, but you are wrong. Court ordered probation (in Virginia) has nothing to do with getting out of prison early.
The law abolishing parole was passed when George Allen was governor of Virginia. I'm thinking that law went into effect around 1994 (somebody can correct me if i am wrong). Inmates who were sentenced before that law went into effect still can be granted parole. If they were sentenced after that date, there are 5 ways to get out of prison before you complete your full sentence.
1)pull at least 85% of their time and earned enough good time to make up the other 15%
2)win an appeal and the judge release them early
3)pardon from governor, presidert, etc.
4)escape
5)die
addao

Colonial Beach, VA

#28 Dec 4, 2010
watching the news I hear his mother say" It is racial it's on the table' Yet they have tapes when she hears her ON SON say he was in the house by himself.Not a smart move on her part. Then she is ready to concot a story about someone else being there.LADY you are a racial problem.Play the card when itis needed.With your taped voice coaching him into a lie is not the right TIME
Prissy

Charlottesville, VA

#30 Dec 4, 2010
nicknameoscar wrote:
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Couldn't agree more. Save the cost of the bullet and hang his ****. Now the taxpayers will have to provide room and board for this jerk. On top of that when he gets out he will be an even worse danger to society (anyone care to take a bet that this jerk can be reformed - I say not a chance in H E double hockey sticks).
Now it is about time for someone to come on here and say we don't "know" this guy and shouldn't be judging him - what a load of BS. Those sorts of people should invite this jerk to come live in their neighborhood when he gets out.
I totally agree why should we pay for him he tried to kill her 30 yrs is BS put him to death and do it quickly this death row crap and or a slap on the wrist s&*t is absurd and eye for an eye I say.
Prissy

Charlottesville, VA

#31 Dec 4, 2010
Bengalandi wrote:
Why was there not a perjury charge too when he lied and said he did not do it when his DNA was found all over her home.(I don't know if he took the stand).
In my opinion, this sentence is to lenient.
Only 20 years for the malicious wounding. If he serves only half his sentence, this lady's eye was only worth 10 years in prison.
Even murderers in prison hate pedophiles, they have mothers too and, when they learn what he did to this woman, I hope he has to pay. An eye gouged out would be appropriate.
His defense attorney must have convinced the jury that he had a bad childhood and, had faced discrimination because of his race.
Don't worry when he goes down the road and his story gets out you can bet he will be gotten by bubba and will be someones B*&^h and or he will get something gouged. And I'm so sick of there discrimination screams they are no better than you and I God made us all....
citizen

United States

#32 Dec 4, 2010
just sayin wrote:
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I'm sorry, but you are wrong. Court ordered probation (in Virginia) has nothing to do with getting out of prison early.
The law abolishing parole was passed when George Allen was governor of Virginia. I'm thinking that law went into effect around 1994 (somebody can correct me if i am wrong). Inmates who were sentenced before that law went into effect still can be granted parole. If they were sentenced after that date, there are 5 ways to get out of prison before you complete your full sentence.
1)pull at least 85% of their time and earned enough good time to make up the other 15%
2)win an appeal and the judge release them early
3)pardon from governor, presidert, etc.
4)escape
5)die
Interesting. The Virginia Department of Corrections homepage has a Probation and Parole Eligibility section and the topic sentence reads "Convicted felon offender whose sentence to incarceration is suspended and conditioned upon successful community supervision."

As I read it it appears that a judge can suspend the incarceration of a felon. I have heard of this happening and would like from anyone who can cite a specific case for the rest of us. I have been told that a judge can order a release without an appeal being heard---probably rare if true.

The VADOC website is limited to general guidelines without cases listed.
juror

Stafford, VA

#33 Dec 4, 2010
When the jury does the sentencing, there is a clause they read that he cannot get parole when convicted of a felony, but the jurors are never told anything else. As far as they know they r sentencing him the time that will serve. They are not explained anything about good behavior, or the judge reducung the time. 30 years is a very long time. With information disclosed to them, they felt like 30 was fair (not knowing the judge could reduce the minimum sentence given).
juror

Stafford, VA

#34 Dec 4, 2010
Oh, and by the way....there was no racicism here! The jury convicted him on the highest charges they were given. But they figured thy would give him a second chance at life in 30 years, not because of his skin color, but because he's a human being. His mother was the ONLY person who even mentioned race, so therefore she is the only racist.

Since: Jul 10

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#36 Dec 4, 2010
After posting and reading all the comments, I am not angry, my thoughts are with this lady who suffered at the hands of this monster.
I hope she enjoys good health, has the love and support of her family/friends/community, feels protected and is able to live the rest of her life happy, now that the trial is behind her.
The outrage, compassion and empathy for her has been amazing. I hope she knows this.
She is a lady that I would love to sit down with and have a cup of coffee or tea with, with no mention of this night in her life.
The elderly love to tell stories about their lives and the stories can be interesting and inspiring. The world was such a different place in their youth and they have gained lots of wisdom.
I just felt like adding something positive this day about the lady who has endured this tragedy.
juror

United States

#37 Dec 4, 2010
Bengalandi wrote:
After posting and reading all the comments, I am not angry, my thoughts are with this lady who suffered at the hands of this monster.
I hope she enjoys good health, has the love and support of her family/friends/community, feels protected and is able to live the rest of her life happy, now that the trial is behind her.
The outrage, compassion and empathy for her has been amazing. I hope she knows this.
She is a lady that I would love to sit down with and have a cup of coffee or tea with, with no mention of this night in her life.
The elderly love to tell stories about their lives and the stories can be interesting and inspiring. The world was such a different place in their youth and they have gained lots of wisdom.
I just felt like adding something positive this day about the lady who has endured this tragedy.
I thank u for being so positive and stating what really matters.
edd

United States

#38 Dec 4, 2010
If you have elderly relatives that live alone give them a video security system and a panic button----not to mention strong doors and a 38 special. Never bet on a court. The bar association can't bring you back to life.
addao

Middle River, MD

#39 Dec 5, 2010
PEOPLE!! Wake up and see the whole picture.His mother is all to ready to play the "race" card,YET they have her on jail house phone calls(along with other family members) trying. to come with a stupid story. DNA,DNA, DNA, does not lie lady and voids the race card

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