Bleeding Heart d'Rats Bleed All Over:
Katrina Looters Get 15 Years In Prison
KENNER, Louisiana (AP) -- Three people convicted of hauling away liquor, wine and beer from a grocery store after Hurricane Katrina were sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison.
The judge said he wanted to send a message that looting would not be tolerated when he gave the maximum sentence to Coralnelle Little, 36, Rhonda McGowen, 42, and Paul C. Pearson, 36, all of Kenner.
A jury convicted the trio May 2 on a portion of the state's looting law that took effect two weeks before the Aug. 29 storm. The amended law set a three-year minimum sentence, and a maximum of 15 years in prison, for looting during a declared state of emergency.
FROM DU: The Thieves Didn't Do Anything Wrong:
This is shameful. These people are victims, not looters!
I think you'd get all the liquor you could, too, if you weren't allowed to leave ravaged NO. I don't care how much they stole, it's a little liquor. (valerief)
I'm sure they felt entitled to the booze because they were 'victims' of Katrina. (They obviously think of booze as 'food' and, therefore, very necessary...) Nevermind that the store owner was, too. Adjudicating the case also took money away from taxpayers, too--b...b..but it's okay; those people were 'VICTIMS'! (And Katrina was the government's fault, dontcha know!)