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Tom Ault

Jefferson City

Dear Editor:

I am not an attorney, I don't have any special degrees in anything, and I could be wrong, but it seems to me that the death of Carl DeBrodie defines how much many folks care about unfortunate family members.

A person caught using unauthorized drugs can receive 10 years or more in prison. A person shoots someone, that person really doesn't suffer much, and the man is either eliminated or put away for life. In the DeBrodie case, a helpless individual with the mindset of a child is kept away from other patients in the housing area, is not given the drugs that are supplied by the authorities to ease his pain or his mental condition, then leaves him in a barren cellar, left to die as his "caretakers" watch him deteriorate and listen to his cries in the night.

These people, who someone authorized to take care of these lost souls, allowed him to die under the direst of circumstances, and now are getting away with sentences lighter than the guy who used drugs or stole something.

For this travesty of justice, 15.6 years of incarceration, and probably parole in less time served? Is this truly justice? The others on probation? They were all in this together. If my mother would have told me to kill someone, I would have used common sense and said "No!"

A second concern I have is where were these relatives during that whole year? I have two in-law nephews that, one of which was mentally ill and needed confinement and care for life, while the other needed love and care and having received it, has become independent, holds a full-time job, and takes care of himself without the need of supervision. The other, still in confinement and now in his 60s still remembers me when I see him because I had compassion for him when he was very young. His parents did not drop him off to be cared for by someone else and forgotten.

Our legal system needs more attorneys that care about the victim than the offender, but it sure seems that we are going more and more toward the opposite as I read our news or hear it on television.

Am I the only one who feels this way about our legal representatives?

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