Letter: Consideration lacking for Vvictims family
To the editor:
After reading the front page of the Feb. 15 issue of the Tahoe Daily Tribune, “Murder suspect pleads out,” I just had to express my opinion and also my disgust on this particular matter.
Following this case since June 10, 2000, I am appalled with the court system in our county. After having the trial of the accused change dates month after month, the one day the suspect “Chad Newport” pleads guilty to second degree murder, I would think the victim’s family would have been given the same consideration to attend the hearing as the suspect’s family was.
It states in the paper that “Newport’s mother and brother were in attendance.” It also states, “Carla Hanson, Melissa’s mother, could not be reached for comment.” That’s because no one attempted to reach her. Could the reason be the manslaughter pleas was denied, so in order not to delay the process any further the victim’s family was not notified until after the fact?
You be the judge. The suspect seems to blame his “deep, dark depression” for taking the life of this beautiful daughter, sister and friend from us all. That is a reason I cannot comprehend. I feel the second degree murder charge is not enough for the life he has taken and all the lives he has destroyed. I urge everyone who feels similar to write to the El Dorado County Courthouse to express their feelings toward this matter.
His sentencing is scheduled April 26, 1:30 p.m., to only 15 years to life. Hopefully the parole board (when the time comes) will feel as most of us do and give this man what he truly deserves – life in prison.
South Lake Tahoe
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