Trevor McDonald bond with a killer caged for 170 years

Jan 13, 2013 Full story: The Sun Online 110

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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Star

UK

#42 Jan 19, 2013
Yasmin:wrote

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

And you have obviously never lost a loved one to murder. He is not reformed if he was he would be on a less high security wing of the prison. He did not say once that he felt sorry or guilt towards his victims. Are you really that thick that at 13 you didn't know it is wrong to murder? Or if it was your mother he killed would you still be so understanding and supportive or this caged animal? I think not.
daren

Warrington, UK

#43 Jan 19, 2013
ronald L sanford i have just wrote you a letter after watching the tv programme, yes you have done your time now it shows you would be no treat to the outside world at all, there are some evil grown up man and grown up women in the uk and they only get a sniff of the time you have serve you should not be in there ronald we need to do some thing to help him regards Daren uk
daren

Warrington, UK

#44 Jan 19, 2013
Jade wrote:
<quoted text> I want to write to him aswell how can we find the address ?
ronald L sanford DOC NUMBER 875353 INDIANA STATE PRISON
1 PARK ROW
MICHIGAN CITY
46360
USA OK thanks this man needs to be set free he is now no treat to anyone he has done more than his time Daren from Norwich anyone want to pal up and go and visit this guy
Yasmin

Wellingborough, UK

#45 Jan 20, 2013
daren wrote:
<quoted text>ronald L sanford DOC NUMBER 875353 INDIANA STATE PRISON
1 PARK ROW
MICHIGAN CITY
46360
USA OK thanks this man needs to be set free he is now no treat to anyone he has done more than his time Daren from Norwich anyone want to pal up and go and visit this guy
Sounds like a plan when you thinking
Yasmin

Wellingborough, UK

#46 Jan 20, 2013
Star wrote:
Yasmin:wrote
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
And you have obviously never lost a loved one to murder. He is not reformed if he was he would be on a less high security wing of the prison. He did not say once that he felt sorry or guilt towards his victims. Are you really that thick that at 13 you didn't know it is wrong to murder? Or if it was your mother he killed would you still be so understanding and supportive or this caged animal? I think not.
I think you will find that I'm not the only one in support of his release and won't be the last to sign a petition neither. It's nice to know that there are people out there like yourself that have so much hatred its what gets people into trouble and what messes up the system. They were hardly going to show everything and do a massive recording on him when there are others to film. We don't know the circumstances, what actually happened, how and why he's still there. I have my own opinion as you obviously do. I can only imagine what it would be like and have only been able to write what I feel after considering this. Have you read the James bulgar case? That was sickening and they got the right to anonymity and release so soon yet venables showed no remorse and continued out of prison to do wrong. I'm no expert but you can tell this man has served his time and is affected by it. I wouldn't suggest he is released and then forgotten but I would give him a chance. And as someone previously posted about the laws there he was wrongly sentenced anyway.
megan

UK

#47 Jan 21, 2013
you can sign this petition for ronald sanford http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/rlsanford/
to help him hopefully get released
Petra

Gateshead, UK

#48 Jan 21, 2013
I just fancied him! All I could think of was......he's a virgin with that brain and those looks! Dang!
Petra

Gateshead, UK

#49 Jan 21, 2013
I must say, he wasn't in the good behaviour cells after all that time, they didn't mention his behaviour inside. He was polite, charming, self educated and gorgeous. That's what's got all the lady's buzzing here. Because if it had been my mother and aunt he killed.........
arfa_london

Nottingham, UK

#50 Jan 22, 2013
Sanford's story was one of mixed emotions. Yes, he did kill two people, and for that he needs to be punished. If it was a member of my family, i would want "an eye for an eye" justice, BUT, we have to accept the way the law stands. If it was over here in the u.k. he would be free by now, on parole, etc. I feel there is only so much you can do to a human being to punish them, before the punishment becomes futile. Sanford was only young, and i feel that the time served already fully fits its purpose. Set him free, i felt true remorse in his voice, and feel he deserves "another" chance.
BigC

Manchester, UK

#51 Jan 22, 2013
I felt sorry for ronald. We have set up a facebook page if any of you want to join its:

http://www.facebook.com/RonaldLSanford...

The more people that know his story the better.
Janie

Cardiff, UK

#52 Jan 22, 2013
Why are my posts not showing?
Janie

Cardiff, UK

#53 Jan 22, 2013
Anyway, like I said before....my interest are those of Serial Killers (Criminology). I gave that dream up yrs ago Im no Christopher Berry Dee!! I feel for Ronald and really hope he can have a life, bar that of the lives he took he must of paid his price by now. Enough said...Ronald should have a life we all get a 2nd chance at some point in our lives
Poppy

Bolton, UK

#54 Jan 23, 2013
To sentence a child as an adult and incarcerate him in an adult prison is an absolute disgrace. For a country that acts like an international police force, its human rights record is questionable to say the least and it should hang its head in shame. This man has paid for his crime. Not surprised that this man is Afro-American, as are most of the inmates on death row. And no I am not a bleeding heart liberal or a desperate woman, just someone who believes in equality, second chances and children!!!!
Chris

UK

#55 Jan 23, 2013
I dont know if it would be possible, but i would seriously do anything to get this guy his freedom, ive just watched the show, that was one of the most heart wrenching thing ive seen in years!!!
A child of 13yrs old, this guy deserves a second chance!
Chris

UK

#56 Jan 23, 2013
INJUSTICE!
Kyla

Sheffield, UK

#57 Jan 23, 2013
Disgusting that a 15 year old can get a double life sentence and put in adult prison. I know he took two life's and that is a very bad crime, he was only 13 years old at the time and for 5 dollars. It's obvious he regrets what he did, he's served his time! Let him out!! Far far to harsh a sentence for a 13 year olds crime!!
angeline2011

Liverpool, UK

#58 Jan 24, 2013
What we've seen on the TV is just a snippet, but cant help see a ray of light from this man. He's lost his life too, its tragic.
angeline2011

Liverpool, UK

#59 Jan 24, 2013
Poppy wrote:
To sentence a child as an adult and incarcerate him in an adult prison is an absolute disgrace. For a country that acts like an international police force, its human rights record is questionable to say the least and it should hang its head in shame. This man has paid for his crime. Not surprised that this man is Afro-American, as are most of the inmates on death row. And no I am not a bleeding heart liberal or a desperate woman, just someone who believes in equality, second chances and children!!!!
I thought the same, why was he not put into a youth prison? would be interesting to find out more about his trial
Patman

Farnborough, UK

#60 Jan 24, 2013
LISTEN PEOPLE WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO THIS MAN IS BARBARIC, YES HE KILLED AND HE HAD TO GO TO JAIL BUT HE HAS DONE HIS TIME AND SOME. IF THIS CRIME HAD HAPPENED HERE IN THE UK HE WOULD HAVE BEEN OUT AFTER 9 YEARS IM NOT SAYING THATS RIGHT EITHER BUT
170 YEARS FOR A 13 YEAR OLD KID WTF. LET HIM OUT ITS NOT RIGHT.....
Ann Deaves

Preston, UK

#61 Jan 24, 2013
This man is rehabilitated, self educated, articulate and would be of more use out there helping young kids to take the right road and not end up in jail. The US should free him and use his skills for the common good and he will be redeemed.

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