Thursday, June 12, 2014
As Long As She Can't Have Anymore Kids
From the Chicago Sun Times: A federal judge sentenced a Gary woman to more than 24 years in prison for selling a child for sex despite his concern that the sentence was too light.
U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano questioned both federal and defense attorneys throughout Natisha Hillard’s sentencing hearing Wednesday afternoon, asking them whether the sentence was too different than the life plus 55 years in prison her co-defendant, Christopher Bour, received.
“I’m worried about what message that sends,” Lozano said.
Federal sentencing guidelines had recommended that Hillard, who pleaded guilty in January to selling a then-4-month-old child to Bour for sex that they recorded, and the mandatory minimum sentence that Hillard faced was 30 years.
However, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Koster filed a motion requesting to go below the mandatory minimum because of Hillard’s cooperation. Koster said Hillard not only told investigators the truth from the beginning but also told them that Bour had actually paid her for the child. http://www.suntimes.com/28014689-761/mom-gets-24-years-for-selling-infant-for-sex.html#.U5llHX7n-1s
Sad that the federal DA didn't go for a more heavier sentence.
But that is an Eric Holder DA in action.