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?