How would you rule?

Governor Perdue is being asked to grant clemency to this woman.

She’s only 34 and has already served 10 years on her Life sentence. What did she do?

(Convict) has served 10 years of a life sentence without parole for setting a fire at Campus Walk Apartments on Feb. 15, 2002 , that killed four people: sisters Rachel and Donna Llewellyn, 21 and 24; Elizabeth Harris, 20; and Ryan Bek, 25.

Charged with arson and four counts of first-degree murder, (Convict) pleaded guilty in exchange for a life sentence.

Under the felony murder rule, (Convict) could have received the death penalty.

She lit the fire as a “prank” but when it got out of control she ran. She didn’t bother to warn the other residents, nor did she dial 911.

I think that some decisions are final. Actions have consequences. The consequences of her actions are that four people died in a fire. Where are their clemency hearings?

What do you think?

15 Responses to How would you rule?

  1. If it was a prank, how was she convicted of 1st degree murder? If she didn’t intend to kill clemency should be considered in the context of all else. We need room for those who have intentionally killed and injured.

  2. Strap her down and set her on fire. That will make the room Doble Troble is looking for. Setting fire to an apartment building isn’t a prank, it’s arson, and arson in which people are killed should result in a 1st degree murder conviction, and the death penalty.

  3. She says it was a “prank.” She pled guilty to four counts of first degree murder because she and her lawyer believed that there was a possibility that the jury would award her the death penalty. Juries don’t give the death penalty to cute girls who accidentally kill people. They give it to people who burn 4 people to death.

    Even if they tried to call it “depraved indifference” it would only have been Second Degree. I’d love to see the files that the Prosecutor has offered to open up for the Governor.

  4. I think two things should play in here. First, whether it was truly a premeditated act of murder or not. Second, whether she has truly learned her lesson, reformed herself, and is willing and able to return to be a viable and productive member of society. In the first case, it matters a great deal whether she really intended a horrible outcome. Theres a vast difference between realizing that the flaming bag of poop just took off and the house is fully involved and tying a family up and pouring gas all over because itd be funny. That needs accounting. In the second, can she go on, from where she is now, to be part of society again? Because if she really is rehabilitated, and therefore unlikely to cause harm to others or the republic again, I would much prefer her release to a meth dealer who shot some business associates and pled down to a weapons charge. There are some who cannot be allowed to walk amongst us. Determining whether or not she is one of those is paramount in this instance.

  5. It’s not often I agree with a prosecutor, but…

    “The prosecution contended that ̲a̲n̲y̲ ̲r̲e̲a̲s̲o̲n̲a̲b̲l̲e̲ ̲a̲d̲u̲l̲t̲ ̲k̲n̲o̲w̲s̲ ̲f̲i̲r̲e̲ ̲i̲s̲ ̲d̲e̲a̲d̲l̲y̲(emphasis mine) , that the fire was out of control before Danahey got out of the building, and yet she failed to warn the occupants or call 911.”

    It’s still not too late to put her to death.

  6. That is NOT a prank, let her rot in prison…

  7. Actions have consequences…huh, who knew.

    We all do stupid things. Perhaps not this stupid, but yeah running and not even trying to fix what went wrong is not a good.

  8. 10 years does not equal life without parole. I agree with TL671.

  9. She’s already done ten years…

    …save some money with a public hanging. She’s the scum of the Earth for her actions.

  10. I say that as soon as the 4 people testify that they have forgiven her let her go free.

  11. Dad, you’re going soft in your old age. When I was a kid you’d have agreed with TL671. You would have even donated the gasoline and the matches.

  12. 10 years averages to a little over three years per victim, which trivializes their lives, IMO. A twenty-year term takes that to 5 years per victim, and 40 years takes it to 10 years per victim. If there had been only one victim I might agree with turning her loose after ten years, but four? No. She needs to reflect some more behind bars.

  13. Do any of you want this girl out in the world breeding more little ones like her? I have reassesed my thoughts and I am making the sign now, “Free Gasoline and Matches”

  14. Perhaps the death penalty is appropriate in this case. Perhaps life w/o parole. But what’s most telling about this case for me is a comparison to some of the others featured both here and on the Charleston Thug Life Blog. Look at all the criminals who get off on light sentences or reduced sentences down even to probation for actions with demonstrable, repeated malicious intent. Compare that to this case where a woman had the absolute letter of the law thrown at her (and rightly so, IMO) for a crime involving largely negligent intent as opposed to something downright psychopathic.

    When did we adopt the pathetic idea that sending someone to prison is about rehabilitation? If I wanted to rehabilitate someone, I’d surround them with love and affection and give them responsibility. Barring that, prison is about fulfilling the social contract to protect other people’s rights. It’s fundamental purpose is containment.

  15. MrHPlus: You are absolutely right. We need to get back to the idea that prison is punishment for the harm done to the victims. It has nothing to do with “Paying your debt to society” nor “Rehabilitation.” These are side goals. The true intent is for you to pay for your crimes against your victims. It’s to teach you and everyone else that people have rights and you can’t violate them without retribution.

    If you’re a long time reader, you’ve seen all the stories I’ve done in the “Felons Behaving Badly” category. It’s sickening how often the worst crimes are committed by people that should have been locked up for the last couple of crimes they committed.