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
Not to lessen the crime but there are no innocent victims in this case. The man had a fiancee and was “lured” into an abandoned building by a 16yo. WTF
The victim had her hair clutched in her hands from when she was on top of him and stabbing him many times. She should have gone to the chair!
gentle smile? bee ess, she is a cold hearted murderer or she wouldn’t be there
And the abuses she had to endure as a child she will never outgrow either........
No parents to raise her properly and years of abuse, it's no wonder she became an addict and prostitute before she was even 16.....Hell, kids aren't even allowed to drive until they're 16.
She's done her time and lived thru her own hell, let her out and let her experience a real life that she's never experienced. Hopefully one in which she can find real love and support.....
He got the death penalty for it.
To bad her victim can’t decide to stop being dead.....
She's done her time and lived thru her own hell, let her out and let her experience a real life that she's never experienced. Hopefully one in which she can find real love and support..
Lots of kids endure that kind of childhood and yet never murder anyone.
So. . .when is she moving in with you?
Seriously though, one must ask the question: Who would trust this murderer alone (or “supervised” in a half-way house), wandering through society? She has her broken early life AND now over 20-yrs in prison to give her an excuse to murder when she “experiences a real life” that causes her to feel isolated, taken advantage of, ostracized, working a menial job (if she works at all), etc. . .she can murder again because it is not her fault, after all, she is a victim of her environment.
Not being snarky at you, just making a statement.
To author Geller: Killer Hispanic; victim white. Hmm. Let the killer go, she has gotten closer to forgiving herself.
The usual prisoner rights pap. How about this deal: Release her the second she brings James Cotaling back to life and restores his family and friends to their former selves?
Well at least in MI life means life. Maybe.
And many of those ultimately commit suicide, or become drug addicts and die of drug overdoses.......
Life in Michigan is a harsh sentence even if you’re NOT in prison.
Yeah, was just being fatuous - mossies the size of hummingbirds and where snow lives when it’s summer in the southern US.
Maybe grown men shouldn’t be picking up teenage hookers.
She’s done her time and lived thru her own hell, let her out and let her experience a real life that she’s never experienced.
Gee...what could possibly go wrong with that plan?
The poster’s comment sounds like what Celine Dion said about the Katrina looters, “They’ve never touched nice things, let them touch!”
Even if the men are Democrat Senetors?
We have all been condemned to die a physical death for our sins. Not unlike people who get swindled cause of their greed.
Not gonna happen ... Michigan does not have the death penalty. And it’s either Michigan or Wisconsin that does not now have, nor ever has had in all the time it’s been a state, capital punishment.
Too bad. She deserves it.
None of which changes the point that this young woman chose to participate in the murder of another human being, while many go on to live the life you describe, many do not commit murder. A murderer should never be freed unless their victim somehow comes back to life.
Think He'll be as judgmental as you?
Cite me the part where I was being "judgmental". A judge and jury has already done that. They judged that she was a murderer.
After that, read up on what God had to say about murderers.
There’s no winners here.