Thursday, January 26, 2006

People v. Quintero (Cal. Ct. App. - Jan. 24, 2006)

You occasionally read in the press or in the California Reporter three strikes cases in which the defendant is sentenced to life in prison for fairly minor crimes and think -- or at least I do -- "Wow, that just seems totally unjust."

This case is not one of those. Honestly, I'm pretty freaking glad that this guy is going away. He's already been in prison three times before, he has six different no probation priors, and his current conviction -- committed while he was on parole, no less -- was for totally (and very uglily) slicing up a guy's face and hands with a razor blade in the Albertson's parking lot in Carlsbad. On Christmas.

So he's convicted of mayhem (which essentially requires permanent disfigurement and intent) as well as torture (which requires a lot less proof than you might think) and sentenced to life in prison. Not a guy I'm going to miss being on the street.