ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man who was upset with protestors who tried to tear down a controversial statue in Old Town had pled guilty to intimidating a witness who was going to testify agast the man who shot one of those protestors. The prosecution described Daniel Carr showing up at a witness’s home and threatening him if he testified against, Steven Baca, who police said opened fire at a protester after demonstrators vandalized the Juan de Onate statue last June.
Although I admire the wish for activism, if you do not realize that our actions will be set a much stricter set of “rules” and face stiffer consequences than the Opposition, you better stay put and stop trying to “help.”
Even when the evidence against one of them is so overwhelming that they have plea guilty to serious felonies, the system is designed to come up with ssome sort of work-around to lessen the impact.
A man charged in the Lower Broadway fires set during rioting and unrest in Nashville in May of last year has been sentenced to 10 years, but has the possibility of an alternative sentence.
Ryan Keith Ray, 34, pleaded guilty on April 22 to charges of inciting a riot, burglary, vandalism over $60,000, theft of property over $2,500 and setting fire to personal property after breaking into Margaritaville and Big Time Boots, where police say he set a fire on May 30, 2020.
Judge Cheryl Blackburn sentenced Ray to 10 years, with the possibility of an alternative sentence after an evaluation by the Davidson County Community Corrections program.
Blackburn gave community corrections three weeks to evaluate and determine Ray’s eligibility for the program.
And we have seen this movie before and know how it ends: The arsonist not even serving a third of the sentence before being back on the streets. Any if it was one of us? Probably 10 full years before “enhancements” and at a hardcore institution.
Once again: Fight smart.