While the Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office is happy to engage in plea bargaining with the illegal aliens who murdered C. J. Angelos, what does it do with a tragic case where a father loses track of a child who dies from heat exposure after being left in a car seat? He throws the book at them, according to the Manassas Journal-Messenger:
So what of Kevin Kelly? What did he deserve?
Would it influence your opinion to know that the day Frances died, May 29, 2002, the Manassas engineer was watching 12 children alone while his wife and oldest daughter were abroad visiting a cancer-stricken relative?
Does it matter that when he returned home that day, he’d asked two teenage children - both of baby-sitting age - to attend to their younger siblings while he went back to school for another daughter who was late getting out of an exam?
Or that during the next seven hours, he was accosted by an air conditioning repairman with news that he was going to have to spend several thousand dollars on a new unit? That he fixed lunch, did laundry, mended a gap in the fence that the little ones were using to escape the yard, drove to the store for parts to fix his air conditioner, took a son to soccer practice and fixed a leaking drain pipe in the basement?
Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul L. Ebert concluded that Kelly’s failure to ask after Frances for seven hours rose to the level of a crime. Kelly was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. The jury recommended a year in prison.
But Circuit Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. had what he thought was a more humane solution. He ordered Kelly to spend one day a year in jail for seven years and to hold an annual blood drive around the anniversary of his daughter’s death.
Kelly is still a convicted felon. He cannot vote, and his job was affected because he is barred from certain government properties.
But waiting in line recently at the All Saints Catholic Church to donate blood, he said he is happy for the chance to honor his daughter by helping to save lives.
“The judge was very, very merciful,” he said as his red-haired children scurried around giving snacks and stickers to donors. “And I’m very grateful for what he did in allowing me to stay with my family and support my family.”
This November voters will have a choice to return Paul Ebert as the Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney, or to write in Ham Sandwich. I think Ham would have done a better job in these cases.
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