Rest assured that not everyone gets off in this country. Here are two examples are two examples of American citizens who broke the law and are being punished for their “crimes”–just in case you’re feeling less than confident in our justice system in the wake of a repeat gun offender’s recent peculiar acquittal.
From Dr. Boyce Watkins’ blog:
An Ohio mother of two was sentenced to 10 days in jail and placed on three years probation after sending her kids to a school district in which they did not live. Kelly Williams-Bolar was sentenced by Judge Patricia Cosgrove on Tuesday and will begin serving her sentence immediately.
The jury deliberated for seven hours and the courtroom was packed as the sentence was handed down. She was convicted on two counts of tampering with court records after registering her two girls as living with their father when they actually lived with her. The family lived in the housing projects in Akron, Ohio, and the father’s address was in nearby Copley Township.
Additionally, Williams-Bolar’s father, Edward L. Williams, was charged with a fourth-degree felony of grand theft, in which he and his daughter are charged with defrauding the school system for two years of educational services for their girls. The court determined that sending their children to the wrong school was worth $30,500 in tuition.
And earlier this month, Florida authorities arrested a man on thirty year old marijuana charges—a “fugitive” in rural Florida who had been “on the run” for 30 years after faking a heart attack to escape from prison.
Seventy-one-year-old Ian Jackson MacDonald was arrested outside his mobile home in Homosassa, Florida.
According U.S. Marshals senior Inspector Barry Golden, MacDonald “just let out a big sigh and said, ‘Yeah, you’re right — you got me.’”
Authorities allege that MacDonald, who went by the nickname “Big Mac,” faked a heart attack while he was in a federal prison in South Miami-Dade County in 1980. He later escaped from a hospital, the U.S. Marshals said.
MacDonald had been awaiting extradition on a Canadian warrant to face outstanding charges for allegedly smuggling 500 pounds of marijuana.
After less than a day in the hospital, he persuaded a security guard to unshackle his legs so he could take a shower, the U.S. Marshals said in a statement.
“The security guard walked to the nurse’s station, and when he returned, MacDonald was gone,” the statement said.
Canadian authorities say their arrest warrant for marijuana importation is still active, and MacDonald may still face charges in Canada.
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Don’t you feel safer knowing these “criminals” didn’t get away with their illegal activities? When it comes to the rule-breaking nobodies–such as MacDonald, who lives in a trailer and just might have been guilty of smuggling marijuana over three decades ago; or Williams-Bolar, who is definitely guilty of disregarding the red tape in pursuit securing the American dream for her kids–our authorities are tougher on crime than ever!