Rapper Cassidy gets light setence in killing.
A Philadelphia judge declared rapper Cassidy guilty Tuesday afternoon of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 22-year-old Desmond Hawkins and sentenced the rapper to 11 and a half to 23 months behind bars, plus probation. According to defense attorney Fortunato Perri, Cassidy will get seven months' credit for time he's already served and be eligible for parole "in the near future."
Cassidy was also convicted of two counts of aggravated assault and possession of an instrument of crime for his involvement in the shooting. Perri said that police seized "a large amount of ammunition from [Cassidy's] house," some of which matched ballistically with shell casings that were recovered from the crime scene. Judge Jane Greenspan based her decision on the fact that "although he didn't start the problem, he may have helped to escalate the situation because of his access to the ammunition," Perri explained.
He was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in jail and was credited with the 7 months he had already served.
Cassidy was released from Pennsylvania's Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility on March 2, 2006 after serving eight months.
This is an outrage. Just the counts of assault and possession of weapons should have merited numerous years in prison. That he was a crucial participant in the taking of a human being's life should have brought down decades behind bars.
What's worse, There was no major outcry.
Civil Rights leaders need to stand up for the rights of the murdered and crime victims also.
Had there been racial implications and someone received such a sentence, it would rightfully be pursued endlessly.
Michael Vick was sentenced and served longer than this for killing, torturing, and being involved in a dog ring. I was on Vick's side because as long as we along hunting, and eat meat, I don't feel we should be so judgemental simply because we love dogs as a culture.
The bottom line is that we as a society need to stand up to the inconsistencies in our criminal justice system. All human life should be valued. Our laws should reflect common sense and we should be able to compare results and feel a sense of justice.