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My chance to speak to felon who plead guilty to burglarizing my Dallas apartment....
Dallas Morning News ^ | 7/18/2011 | Dallas Morning News

Posted on 07/18/2011 2:25:22 PM PDT by Dallas59

Earlier this year, I wrote here about my experience as the victim of a burglary at my Uptown Dallas apartment.

I was lucky that Dallas Police Officers Keith Coates and Christopher Hess caught Lamont Leone Lewis (right), 42, a short time after the break-in carrying my laptops and wearing my University of Maryland alumni T-shirt. Most of the thousands of property crime victims in this city don't get that kind of result.

So I felt like I needed to say something to Lewis, a convicted felon, when he formally plead guilty to felony burglary and accepted a 15-year prison sentence this morning at the Frank Crowley Criminal Courthouse. Lewis politely accepted responsibility for his crime in front of state District Judge Teresa Hawthorne before Dallas County prosecutor John Brender called me up to speak my mind. Here's what I said:

(Excerpt) Read more at crimeblog.dallasnews.com ...


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: court; crime; thief

1 posted on 07/18/2011 2:25:26 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

I think my speech would start, “Lamont you dummy!”


2 posted on 07/18/2011 2:29:13 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Dallas59
"So I hope that you spend some of your next several years in prison thinking about the choices you made"

This lib needs to get a job teaching kindergartners.

He should said: Next time I'll bust a cap in yo a$$.

3 posted on 07/18/2011 2:29:53 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paleo Conservative

I’d cuss at him and scream racism.


4 posted on 07/18/2011 2:29:56 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Dallas59
Here's what I said:
"Please Mr. Lewis; I just signed a new one year lease on my
apartment. So - on the real chance - you get out before my lease is
up, please don't burglarize me again. Thanks!"

5 posted on 07/18/2011 2:30:51 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I'm a Birther - And a Deather)
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To: Dallas59
Here's what I said:

Interesting spot to excerpt.

It almost seems as if you are teasing folks into clicking on the blog.

Curious.

6 posted on 07/18/2011 2:31:02 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Dallas59

I am all for punishing criminals, but 15 years for burglary? I thought that long of a sentence was reserved for armed robbery and other violent crimes. Yikes. Next thing you know, you will be doing serious time for speeding.


7 posted on 07/18/2011 2:32:58 PM PDT by America_Right (The best thing about the Obama Presidency: McCain isn't the President!)
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To: Dallas59
"So I hope that you spend some of your next several years in prison thinking about the choices you made and the people other than me who you've hurt."

The opening statement goes on to say how little impact this had on the victims life, and then the criminal is asked to "think about that while in prison". Not really a Perry Mason close here.

I was in a similar situation 15 years ago and had the chance to confront the criminals after an appropriate sentance was levied. I ended up passing on it. What is some stranger on the street going to do to shame a career criminal. Not a thing.

8 posted on 07/18/2011 2:33:41 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Dallas59

It’s the like the apartment dude wanted to be robbed a 2nd and 3rd time, just to make his libartd speech.


9 posted on 07/18/2011 2:33:41 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: humblegunner

I don’t think he gets a choice to excerpt with the Dallas Morning News.


10 posted on 07/18/2011 2:40:28 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: America_Right
I am all for punishing criminals, but 15 years for burglary?

Yah...dat Lamont he be teaching sunday school all he life except just a while back he decide he needed some stuff...he hear da President talk about "stuff" and he outa money so he decided he would take da stuff from dat apartment. I tell...he be a good boy...well he has had a few scrapes wit da law...well no mo dan two or tree a year since he be twelve or tirteen...but damn....15 years that mean he be behind bars two or tree....befour he be out to help me agin....

11 posted on 07/18/2011 2:40:40 PM PDT by RVN Airplane Driver
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To: RVN Airplane Driver

Dog, daz tha fo shizzle...word.


12 posted on 07/18/2011 2:42:23 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: America_Right

He was actually stopped for Jaywalking, but was arrested for drug charges, in addition to others.

http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/04/felon-busted-by-dallas-police.html


13 posted on 07/18/2011 2:45:23 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: RVN Airplane Driver
....15 years that mean he be behind bars two or tree....befour he be out to help me agin....

Heheheh... I don't know how to react to that. Point taken, sure, he is a bad guy, and would probably re-offend if he got released in a year or two. But still, my point is valid.

14 posted on 07/18/2011 2:47:03 PM PDT by America_Right (The best thing about the Obama Presidency: McCain isn't the President!)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Oh, that was funny!


15 posted on 07/18/2011 2:47:57 PM PDT by Krankor (I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in.)
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To: America_Right

Well I would consider the B&E of someone’s home a violent crime .. as they do (or did) in Florida.

If you are busting into someone’s home .. there is the potential of confrontation which means .. as the criminal you are willing to hurt or kill any occupants that may be inside .. as opposed to, let’s say a closed place of business!


16 posted on 07/18/2011 2:47:57 PM PDT by freejohn ("Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." --- Mark Twain)
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To: freejohn

BTW: I’m not sure if it’s still the same but in Florida, burglary of a home carried a potential life sentence at one time.


17 posted on 07/18/2011 2:49:57 PM PDT by freejohn ("Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." --- Mark Twain)
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To: Dallas59
Here's the Joe 6-pack speech:

Lamont, you're a very lucky man. You are lucky my dog didn't rip you to shreds. You are lucky I wasn't home when you stormed into my residence. You are lucky the police caught you before I did.

If you don't believe me, drop on by in 15 years.

18 posted on 07/18/2011 2:53:40 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: thackney
I don’t think he gets a choice to excerpt

The placement was indicative of enticement.

Besides, blog excerpters should be considered guilty until proven otherwise.

I profile. Profiling works.

19 posted on 07/18/2011 2:55:19 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Dallas59
"as the victim of a burglary at my Uptown Dallas apartment. "

I'm not up to speed on the urban, metro sexual lingo so what is 'Uptown'? Cadillac Heights? La Reunion?

20 posted on 07/18/2011 2:57:37 PM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: Paladin2
"So I hope that you spend some of your next several years in prison thinking about the choices you made"

Arrogant fool - he'll be thinking about how you talked down to him. 15 years is a long time. He's already working on parole, that's why he's so polite.


21 posted on 07/18/2011 2:59:46 PM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: Dallas59
A 15 year sentence will translate to 2½ years at the most, considering it's a property crime. Not bad (for the criminal) for a first degree felony.
22 posted on 07/18/2011 3:00:01 PM PDT by fwdude
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To: Dallas59

He’s lucky...at least the prosecutor was willing to press charges...I got told no in my particular circumstances...apparently girl friends don’t get charged when they roll their former boy friend (and my father). That’s OK....it will be answered in a more appropriate manner this way.....


23 posted on 07/18/2011 3:09:01 PM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: humblegunner

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa think?


24 posted on 07/18/2011 3:20:43 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Oh, well, any excuse to buy a new gun is good enough for me.)
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To: America_Right
It wasn't his first crime.

FL isn't friendly to repeat offenders either.

We get really, really mad if the perp had a gun, whether he used it, flashed it, or just kept it in his pocket.

25 posted on 07/18/2011 3:21:22 PM PDT by Jacquerie
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To: humblegunner

Shouldn’t this be in blogs versus general chat ?

I’m appalled at this grave error !

/s


26 posted on 07/18/2011 3:25:27 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Deaf Smith

I’m guessing he lives in one of the upscale complexes that have been built just north of downtown in the last decade or so.

But I’m not hip either.


27 posted on 07/18/2011 3:26:30 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
You are lucky the police caught you before I did.

If you don't believe me, drop on by in 15 years.

Word....

28 posted on 07/18/2011 3:35:09 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: Dallas59

This was written by Scott Goldstein. Post doesn’t indicate authorship.


29 posted on 07/18/2011 3:37:56 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Talisker
When I saw that pic, I kept thinking that he looked vaguely familiar. Then it came to me, he looks like NCIS Director Leon Vance. (I love that show)



30 posted on 07/18/2011 3:49:37 PM PDT by DejaJude
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To: thackney

You should see the comments about how this sentence was “racist”. But this dude has a LONG rap sheet. Apparently he enjoys jail, and seems to have learned nothing from the previous experiences on the inside. “Smart” thieves get busted once. “Stupid” thieves get out of jail and go right back to stealing again. And they can’t do basic math that says the second time you’re caught, the sentence is longer, and the third time is even longer. Repeat until it gets into their thick skulls.


31 posted on 07/18/2011 4:10:54 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: freejohn

Actually I’m glad burglary doesn’t carry a life sentence. It would give the perps an incentive to kill everyone.


32 posted on 07/18/2011 4:14:57 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: America_Right
I am all for punishing criminals, but 15 years for burglary?

Did you forget your sarcasm tag?

Personally, it would not bother my in the least if he was put away for 30 years. This isn't this guys first time at the rodeo

Get really hard time for committing felonies and there will be a LOT less of them.

33 posted on 07/18/2011 4:17:47 PM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: Dallas59

I got the opportunity to address from the stand the woman who murdered my husband. With her, I’m certain it went in one ear and out the other. However, there was another prisoner sitting next to her and he received my message.


34 posted on 07/18/2011 4:34:41 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: boop
Apparently he enjoys jail, and seems to have learned nothing from the previous experiences on the inside.

He (or his attorneys) apparently have learned nothing from Casey Anthony. Deny everything and name a nanny or family member for the crime/cover up. Seems there are jurors that will fall for that.



35 posted on 07/18/2011 4:51:40 PM PDT by DejaJude
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To: America_Right

From the mention that he was a convicted felon, I’m inferring that he has prior convictions. Repeat offenders are going to repeat.


36 posted on 07/18/2011 5:05:08 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The liberal press applauded when the NY Times hacked Newt Gingrich's phone calls.)
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