Trevor McDonald bond with a killer ca...

Trevor McDonald bond with a killer caged for 170 years

There are 118 comments on the The Sun Online story from Jan 13, 2013, titled Trevor McDonald bond with a killer caged for 170 years. In it, The Sun Online reports that:

Sir Trevor told TV Biz about his sympathy for Ronald L. Sanford, who slayed two OAPs as a 13-year-old. The former News at Ten anchor met Sanford during his encounter at the maximum security Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.

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Leanne

UK

#21 Jan 17, 2013
Natasha Bea wrote:
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875353 Sanford Ronald L
Indiana State Prison
1 Park Row
Michigan City, IN 46360
USA
Is this his address?
Josh

Leeds, UK

#22 Jan 17, 2013
I just can't help but feel sorry for this guy. I think he deserves another chance at life, I mean at 38 he's still got a good 40 years left at least. He's paid his time, he was just a child. Maybe he hasn't changed but I would like to think otherwise, surely this guy should be given the chance to have a family, a job and a life instead of just being penned up 23 hours a day for the next 40 years. I just feel so sorry for him.
gin

UK

#23 Jan 17, 2013
this man is a murderer! however as he murdered when he was a child, I cant help but feel his trial should have been dealt with differently. Why would a child feel as though he should kill someone that wont let him cut their grass?? what kind of up bringing did he have that led him to act in this way??Certainly this would not be the reaction that any stable child would have. This man should have been given some counselling or at least some life skills to deal with what he had done and made to understand what he had done. Sticking him in a prison for over 100 years at the cost of the state does not help him at all. He is safe, warm and has food. This is the only life he pretty much know. How is locking him up for this long the answer, he was a child, and at this age children are going through the stroppy teenage phase and ok hormones dont generally make them kill people but they do make teenagers and particularly boys act in abnormal ways! I dont agree with the long sentences that children are given in this state it is so wrong.
Yasmin

Northampton, UK

#24 Jan 18, 2013
Jade you should get a grip! No one is condoning what he did of course it was horrific but he was a child himself and we don't know if he meant to kill or just harm. Regardless, he might have had a bad upbringing, seen something similar and thought it was "normal". You can see he is full of remorse and has done "well" considering he is in a tiny cell. If he had killed my grandparents I would absolutely hate him and wish the worst but then you have to look at the big picture and had he not paid for enough like I said previously in time spent and all that he has missed. I'm sure what he has done will live with him forever and somehow I can not see relatives of the elderly people wanting this sentence. Where does it get anyone and what does it achieve? Surely he's learnt his lesson as it were and he should be ale to apply for parole now so he can have some life? And comparing it to the murder of a baby? That's sick. A baby or young person would not have lived many years whereas someone in their 80s/90s has lived many years (not saying it makes it fair) but a different sentence should be given. The majority of people on here agree that he has was young and the sentence is unjust we just want to write to him.
Jade Davies

London, UK

#25 Jan 18, 2013
I think what Ronald done was obviously terrible but he was young and by now should of learnt from it 170 years is way to long I say and free Ronald now!!
Katie

Colchester, UK

#26 Jan 18, 2013
This is Indiana state law: Murder
Sec. 3.(a) A person who commits murder shall be imprisoned for a fixed term of between forty-five (45) and sixty-five (65) years, with the advisory sentence being fifty-five (55) years. In addition, the person may be fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000).
(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), a person who was:
(1) at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time the murder was committed may be sentenced to:
(A) death; or
(B) life imprisonment without parole; and
(2) at least sixteen (16) years of age but less than eighteen (18) years of age at the time the murder was committed may be

sentenced to life imprisonment without parole
Seeings he was only 13 at the time of the crime surely he wasn't sentenced appropriately?
Craig

Cardiff, UK

#27 Jan 18, 2013
Julia wrote:
How do I write to this man? I am intrigued and inspired by his story.
#875353
Indiana State Prison
PO BOX41
MICHIGAN CITY
I N 46360

or

http://www.writeaprisoner.com/inmate-profiles...
Craig

Cardiff, UK

#28 Jan 18, 2013
We need to get a petition to free Ronald Sanford, in the Uk James Bulger was killed by two ten year olds and Thompson and Venables were charged on 20 February 1993 with Bulger's abduction and murder.The pair were found guilty on 24 November 1993, making them the youngest convicted murderers in modern English history. They were sentenced to custody until they reached adulthood, initially until the age of 18, and were released on a lifelong licence in June 2001. In 2010 Venables was returned to prison for violating the terms of his licence of release.

The case has prompted widespread debate on the issue of how to handle young offenders when they are sentenced or released from custody. Judging James Bulger's killers to Ronald Sanford , Ronald has done his time as a reformed character and if it is okay for Thompson and Venables to be released from prison with a new life and hidden identities then it is only fair to release Ronald Sanford as he has done his time and is a reformed character. Release Sanford now
LKM

London, UK

#29 Jan 18, 2013
For all those who say he deserves to be there, just think if it was your Son, brother or friend who was jailed since he was thirteen, How would you feel. The child committed a crime and yes he deserved to be punished BUT enough is enough, the system and America has failed him. Just take a look at his history as a child and a brief look into the neighbourhood where he grew up, surrounded by murder, crime and drugs, as a child ofcourse his surroundings would have influenced his character and judgement. What is punishment without rehabilitation?
Janejangles

Preston, UK

#30 Jan 18, 2013
Yasmin wrote:
The laws in this state are awful. I can understand why some people are sentenced to death row but Sanford was 13 years old and although he committed such an atrocious crime he was a juvenile and should have been trialed as such. Has he not paid for his crimes enough in not only years but also through non existent life experiences? So much for decreasing sentences on good behaviour. Also why give them the small hope for parole if they choose the day you die anyway. What happened to human rights? I say we should sign a petition and get Sanford out! Such a shame.


I felt really sad for someone, like you, who was just a little boy when he committed this (terrible) crime. He seems to be very articulate and quite a gentle, well educated man. Surely something should be done.
Cheryl

Saint Helier, Jersey

#31 Jan 18, 2013
Agreed, he did an awful crime but it was at such a young young age, its a no win debate this, I can see both sides but I was blown away with his story, the fact he's never been on a place, driven a car, knowing he will never have freedom in his life again, the fact he said he's never felt free, it touched me. Ill be writing...
Robert Lewis

Belfast, UK

#32 Jan 18, 2013
Yasmin wrote:
I too would like to write to him. Why did I watch this I feel saddened knowing that there are decent and unfortunate people out there.
And who are the decent and unfortunate people? Individuals like you are dangerous via lack of intellect. Yes tragic story, should you prosecute a 13yr old as an adult, no. But he murdered, in cold blood, 2 people. At 13, you are aware that is an act of horrific proportions. Wouldn't surprise me in the least if he where to reoffend. Please think twice before such moronic posts. Regards
jayne

Birmingham, UK

#34 Jan 18, 2013
SIGN THIS PETITION Free Ronald L Sanford
jayne

Birmingham, UK

#35 Jan 18, 2013
Leanne wrote:
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Is this his address?


Sign this petition please also copy and paste on your facebook page
"Free Ronald L Sandford"
Star

UK

#36 Jan 18, 2013
You bunch of stupid desperate women, how pathetic can you be? he is a evil murderer who killed two innocent women,and at the age of 13 you are fully aware that it is wrong. He showed no remorse for his victims. only for himself and that he has wasted his life. Not emotion showed towards his victims.
anon

Morden, UK

#37 Jan 18, 2013
No one has got the specifics of his crime . Have people forgot the two boys who murdered a child james bulger and they are out or son be out of prison.
How can a child of 13 definitively be responsible for his actions when we have no idea of his background and so on.
Yes he deserves to be there but no he doesn't deserve to be in there for so long due to his age.
Dan

Whitehaven, UK

#38 Jan 19, 2013
Life for a life kill him !
Yasmin

Northampton, UK

#39 Jan 19, 2013
Katie wrote:
This is Indiana state law: Murder
Sec. 3.(a) A person who commits murder shall be imprisoned for a fixed term of between forty-five (45) and sixty-five (65) years, with the advisory sentence being fifty-five (55) years. In addition, the person may be fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000).
(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), a person who was:
(1) at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time the murder was committed may be sentenced to:
(A) death; or
(B) life imprisonment without parole; and
(2) at least sixteen (16) years of age but less than eighteen (18) years of age at the time the murder was committed may be
sentenced to life imprisonment without parole
Seeings he was only 13 at the time of the crime surely he wasn't sentenced appropriately?
How true he was not sentenced correctly. But how does a person between 16-18 get life imprisonment without parole and someone older get 45-65 years and a fine? State law needs revising!
Yasmin

Northampton, UK

#40 Jan 19, 2013
Robert Lewis wrote:
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And who are the decent and unfortunate people? Individuals like you are dangerous via lack of intellect. Yes tragic story, should you prosecute a 13yr old as an adult, no. But he murdered, in cold blood, 2 people. At 13, you are aware that is an act of horrific proportions. Wouldn't surprise me in the least if he where to reoffend. Please think twice before such moronic posts. Regards
How dare you insult me and my intelligence! Do you have your own children? Did you even watch the programme? You haven't a clue!!
Yasmin

Northampton, UK

#41 Jan 19, 2013
Star wrote:
You bunch of stupid desperate women, how pathetic can you be? he is a evil murderer who killed two innocent women,and at the age of 13 you are fully aware that it is wrong. He showed no remorse for his victims. only for himself and that he has wasted his life. Not emotion showed towards his victims.
You obviously don't have any children and hope to God you don't! How can you be so in humane? No one has said poor boy etc. we just feel that he's paid for his crime now and deserves parole. And you're right... He was 13 imagine that was your son,cousin, nephew,friend surely he's learnt from what he has done and he could've been offered counselling, a shorter sentence a youth offenders prison obviously it's not the UK but it seems a tad extreme. Keeping him in there that long will not bring those women back and the fact that he has reformed and coped so long shows he has tried turning his life around. He could've just sat there all these years and moped about or become rough. But instead he has learnt how to read and write,become articulate and try to live the only life he knows. He has years ahead of him and he can't be given a chance to try.

If you feel that a child should be sent to prison for life then why don't you try enforce that over here you sick person

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