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James Fletcher rests his head in his hand as Judge Peggy Kittel reviews his sentence in Douglas County District Court on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.
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Until the mid nineties the most severe punishment in Kansas was for first degree murder, which carried a life sentence. Back then, inmates serving life sentences were eligible for parole after serving 15 years.
While Mr. Fletcher's crimes are reprehensible, he did not kill anyone. He fondled the breasts of a young girl. Yet today he was given a more severe sentence than we used to give to our most violent offenders.
Something is wrong here.
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