Wednesday, April 20, 2016

People v. Reid (Cal. Ct. App. - April 20, 2016)

"Defendant Marc Lynds Reid II challenges his multiple felony convictions arising from his theft of nine metal urns containing the cremated remains of 11 people."

Dude!!  Who steals cremated remains?!  What the hell?!  Why would anyone even do that?!

"[D]efendant entered a semi-open mausoleum building at the Evergreen Funeral Home at Memorial Park in Merced. He broke into nine urn niches located in one of the mausoleum walls by smashing the glass panes enclosing each niche. Defendant then removed nine metal urns, each weighing approximately 25 pounds and collectively containing the cremated remains of 11 people. . . . The urns were later broken down into scrap metal for recycling and the cremated remains of the 11 deceased were discarded."

Recycling?!  Wow.  I'd much prefer you steal manhole covers, thank you very much.  Let's leave human remains alone, please.

For his offense, Mr. Reid gets charged with a plethora of crimes; basically, any statute that might arguably apply.  And gets sentenced to . . . 24 years, 8 months in prison.

That's a lot of time.