Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Remember Ray Brent Marsh, the man who dumped bodies in the back yard instead of cremating them in Georgia? Mr. Marsh pleaded guilty to 787 counts of theft, abuse of a corpse, burial service fraud, and making false statements. He was sentenced to 12 years in jail. 12 years! That works out to one month for every five and a half counts. That's ridiculous. On top of that, he also pleaded guilty to similar charges in Tennessee, and was sentenced to 12 years there as well, but the sentences are running concurrently. In my opinion, he has devastated more than 300 families with his callousness, and should spend the rest of his miserable life in jail.
I live near the Georgia crematory and followed the case of Brent Marsh closely. It was not an unjust sentence. The prosecutor agreed to the deal and the out of town judge assigned to the case accepted it. There were some real issues about the state's investigation. The matter was very hard-fought all the way up until the plea deal. To a lot of us here, it looked like a good example of our system of justice working well.Post a Comment