Skip to comments.My chance to speak to felon who plead guilty to burglarizing my Dallas apartment....
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 ...
I think my speech would start, “Lamont you dummy!”
This lib needs to get a job teaching kindergartners.
He should said: Next time I'll bust a cap in yo a$$.
I’d cuss at him and scream racism.
"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!"
Interesting spot to excerpt.
It almost seems as if you are teasing folks into clicking on the blog.
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.
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.
It’s the like the apartment dude wanted to be robbed a 2nd and 3rd time, just to make his libartd speech.
I don’t think he gets a choice to excerpt with the Dallas Morning News.
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....
Dog, daz tha fo shizzle...word.
He was actually stopped for Jaywalking, but was arrested for drug charges, in addition to others.
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.
Oh, that was funny!
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!
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.
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.
The placement was indicative of enticement.
Besides, blog excerpters should be considered guilty until proven otherwise.
I profile. Profiling works.
I'm not up to speed on the urban, metro sexual lingo so what is 'Uptown'? Cadillac Heights? La Reunion?
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.
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.....
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.
Shouldn’t this be in blogs versus general chat ?
I’m appalled at this grave error !
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.
If you don't believe me, drop on by in 15 years.
This was written by Scott Goldstein. Post doesn’t indicate authorship.
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.
Actually I’m glad burglary doesn’t carry a life sentence. It would give the perps an incentive to kill everyone.
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.
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.
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.
From the mention that he was a convicted felon, I’m inferring that he has prior convictions. Repeat offenders are going to repeat.
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