Skip to comments.Sentenced to life at 16, woman hopes for freedom
Posted on 02/17/2013 9:19:57 AM PST by redreno
YPSILANTI, Mich. More than 21 years after she went to prison, Barbara Hernandez enters the cinderblock visitation chamber at the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility in the turquoise blouse with applique flowers she keeps for special occasions. Her makeup is carefully applied but cannot hide the age lines that spread, thin but unmistakable, from the corners of her eyes.
"Thank you for coming," the 38-year-old inmate says softly. Her eyes, chestnut and brooding, are offset by a gentle smile. She holds out a hand in welcome.
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Didn’t read the article and am assuming that because the AP doesn’t address it in the lead paragraph that this inmate really had to work at it to earn life imprisonment.
This is indeed sad.
She should have been executed.
The facts that she was young and stupid does not mitigate the fact that she lured this man to his death.
Sorry, honey, but there are somethings we do in our youth that we just can’t outgrow. Bringing this man to a location where you know he was going to be killed is one of them.
The thing that bothers me most about this is the fact that this woman got her well deserved time while the guy who Ambushed firemen in upstate NY on Christmas day was out of prison a few years after beating his grandmother to death with a hammer.
And now the Obama Administration wants to force employers to hire people like her, once she’s out of prison.
It just tugs the heartstrings that Elena Kagen is concerned about these poor women who didn’t know that murder was wrong when they were teenagers. /s
Interesting that the story has a photo of the victim’s sister but not the murderer the story is about.
Here is Barbara Hernandez’s “Homepage”
You assumed correctly. If she got life working as a drug mule, the AP would've mentioned it in the headline. You have to read several paragraphs past her abusive childhood to learn the details of the grisly murder she played a significant role in.
Sad story, extremely dysfunctional family.
She killed a man and should be in jail.
Glad she turned her life around and it’s good to hear that she’s a mentor. She should continue mentoring her fellow prisoners until the day she dies in prison.
and there you go... or in the words of our friend Shakespeare--via Hamlet, "aye, there's the rub."
"Imposition of a State's most severe penalties on juvenile offenders cannot proceed as though they were not children," Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court's majority.
Has it occurred to this hack that imposition of less than a state's most severe penalties on brutal murderers cannot proceed as though they were not brutal murderers?
Hyde instructed Hernandez to walk to Kmart and buy him a knife, then lure a man to the house so he could rob and kill him . . . stabbed 25 times, his head nearly severed . . . Along with Hyde's hair, two strands of Hernandez's hair were found in the blood on Cotaling's hand . . .
I hope Hernandez finds Jesus and finds God's forgiveness, and I am happy to forgive her, but I am not willing to gamble the lives of other innocents on her sincerity. Perhaps if she is released as Kagan wishes, she can move in with Kagan. I am more than willing to gamble Kagan's life on a foolish degree of liberal optimism.
There ought to be a law against public mental masturbation, like this article.
Hernandez got the full service, jury trial and all. Kagan can mind her own business
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