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Sentenced to life at 16, woman hopes for freedom
Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 | 11:09 a.m. | By Adam Geller, Associated Press

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at lasvegassun.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: crime; freedom; life; prison

1 posted on 02/17/2013 9:20:06 AM PST by redreno
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To: redreno

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.


2 posted on 02/17/2013 9:24:31 AM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Some crimes can be chalked up to youthful indiscretion. This ain't one of them.

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3 posted on 02/17/2013 9:29:06 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: redreno

This is indeed sad.

She should have been executed.


4 posted on 02/17/2013 9:31:19 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: redreno

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.


5 posted on 02/17/2013 9:32:14 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: KosmicKitty

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.


6 posted on 02/17/2013 9:36:02 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BenLurkin

And now the Obama Administration wants to force employers to hire people like her, once she’s out of prison.


7 posted on 02/17/2013 9:38:10 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: vbmoneyspender

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


8 posted on 02/17/2013 9:40:26 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: redreno
feh...
9 posted on 02/17/2013 9:42:42 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: redreno
She helped lure a guy to get robbed and murdered. Premeditation and no good reason.
10 posted on 02/17/2013 9:44:05 AM PST by Darren McCarty (If most people were more than keyboard warriors, we might have won the election)
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To: redreno

Interesting that the story has a photo of the victim’s sister but not the murderer the story is about.


11 posted on 02/17/2013 9:47:22 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
Amy Locane
12 posted on 02/17/2013 9:47:55 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Darren McCarty

Here is Barbara Hernandez’s “Homepage”

http://mdocweb.state.mi.us/otis2/otis2profile.aspx?mdocNumber=218771


13 posted on 02/17/2013 9:53:12 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: vbmoneyspender
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.

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.

14 posted on 02/17/2013 9:55:01 AM PST by Drew68
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To: redreno

Sad story, extremely dysfunctional family.

She killed a man and should be in jail.


15 posted on 02/17/2013 9:56:18 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: redreno

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.


16 posted on 02/17/2013 10:00:56 AM PST by csvset
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To: redreno
"There's just so many things I could've done and mostly I'm asking myself, 'Why didn't you run? Why didn't you go to the police?

and there you go... or in the words of our friend Shakespeare--via Hamlet, "aye, there's the rub."

17 posted on 02/17/2013 10:01:58 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: vbmoneyspender
I read the article, as much as I despise rulings written by Kagan.

"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.

18 posted on 02/17/2013 10:03:03 AM PST by Pollster1
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To: redreno

There ought to be a law against public mental masturbation, like this article.


19 posted on 02/17/2013 10:16:31 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Gun control is hitting what you aim at. -- Chuck Norris)
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To: Pollster1

Hernandez got the full service, jury trial and all. Kagan can mind her own business


20 posted on 02/17/2013 10:16:35 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: redreno

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


21 posted on 02/17/2013 10:17:26 AM PST by pennyfarmer (Your socialist beat our liberal AGAIN.)
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To: redreno

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!


22 posted on 02/17/2013 10:48:35 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: redreno

gentle smile? bee ess, she is a cold hearted murderer or she wouldn’t be there


23 posted on 02/17/2013 11:08:29 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: KosmicKitty
Sorry, honey, but there are somethings we do in our youth that we just can’t outgrow.

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.....

24 posted on 02/17/2013 11:13:54 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: pennyfarmer
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

He got the death penalty for it.

25 posted on 02/17/2013 11:18:21 AM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: redreno

To bad her victim can’t decide to stop being dead.....


26 posted on 02/17/2013 11:19:32 AM PST by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
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..

Lots of kids endure that kind of childhood and yet never murder anyone.

27 posted on 02/17/2013 11:22:17 AM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Hot Tabasco

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.


28 posted on 02/17/2013 11:27:05 AM PST by Hulka
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To: redreno

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?


29 posted on 02/17/2013 11:29:43 AM PST by DPMD
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To: redreno

Well at least in MI life means life. Maybe.


30 posted on 02/17/2013 11:35:05 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Graybeard58
Lots of kids endure that kind of childhood and yet never murder anyone.

And many of those ultimately commit suicide, or become drug addicts and die of drug overdoses.......

31 posted on 02/17/2013 11:45:18 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: SkyDancer

Life in Michigan is a harsh sentence even if you’re NOT in prison.


32 posted on 02/17/2013 12:21:25 PM PST by beelzepug (Telling other people they need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out.)
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To: beelzepug

Yeah, was just being fatuous - mossies the size of hummingbirds and where snow lives when it’s summer in the southern US.


33 posted on 02/17/2013 12:25:45 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: KosmicKitty

Maybe grown men shouldn’t be picking up teenage hookers.


34 posted on 02/17/2013 12:29:05 PM PST by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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To: Hot Tabasco

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?


35 posted on 02/17/2013 12:36:08 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Hulka

The poster’s comment sounds like what Celine Dion said about the Katrina looters, “They’ve never touched nice things, let them touch!”


36 posted on 02/17/2013 12:37:32 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Marie

Even if the men are Democrat Senetors?


37 posted on 02/17/2013 12:38:33 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Graybeard58

We have all been condemned to die a physical death for our sins. Not unlike people who get swindled cause of their greed.


38 posted on 02/17/2013 12:58:56 PM PST by pennyfarmer (Your socialist beat our liberal AGAIN.)
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To: redreno

GUILTY!


39 posted on 02/17/2013 2:02:19 PM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: CodeToad; BenLurkin

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.


40 posted on 02/17/2013 3:12:09 PM PST by Category Four (Joy, Fun, the Joke Proper, and Flippancy ... Flippancy is the best of all.)
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To: Category Four

Too bad. She deserves it.


41 posted on 02/17/2013 3:21:41 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
And many of those ultimately commit suicide, or become drug addicts and die of drug overdoses....

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.

42 posted on 02/17/2013 4:52:50 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Graybeard58
I wonder how God will judge her after allowing her to grow up in a house devoid of parents and love, a house that only gave her abuse and beatings and sexual molestation of her sisters..........

Think He'll be as judgmental as you?

43 posted on 02/17/2013 5:14:33 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: Hot Tabasco
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.

44 posted on 02/17/2013 6:09:12 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Marie

There’s no winners here.


45 posted on 02/18/2013 5:52:06 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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