This story depicts an interesting perspective, yet we still think justice was served and we are safer for this? – WOW!
Kimberly Gasuras, firstname.lastname@example.org 9:05 p.m. EST January 14, 2015
BUCYRUS – “Coward” and “beast” were just two of the names hurled at convicted murderer Donald Hoffman by friends and relatives of his four victims after he was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences.
Hoffman admitted to killing Freelin Hensley, Billjack Chatman, Darrell Lewis and Gerald Smith in late August and early September. Hensley and Chatman’s bodies were found on Labor Day; Lewis and Smith were found the next day.
Brenda Lauthers knew all four victims and is the sister of Freelin Hensley. She read a statement in Crawford County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday on behalf of Mike Lewis, brother of Darrell.
“I think death is what he should get. My brother Darrell Lewis and the three other men never had a chance. They are dead,” Lauthers read. “We are broken people from all of this. The Bible says ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ I give him death, death to Hoffman. Death, death, death.” – The MP admin agrees!
Judge Russell Wiseman explained the sentencing decision was not his, because Hoffman opted for a plea agreement — which the families understand, but may not agree with wholeheartedly.
IF the “DEAL” was to save the people money then “DEATH” is where it’s at. These damn deals are an infringement to justice and keeping the vision alive of protecting criminals. Who BENEFITS by this judgement, BLAMING this or reasoning this stemmed from a cocaine binge is pure BS! This stems from a dirt bag who could not afford his cocaine and now who pays? The TAX PAYER who pays well over $35k/yr to keep criminals locked up for life? Surely he will get a pass on this deal when nobody is looking and will eventually again see the light of day that his victims will not. How can we make deals with MONSTERS, and why are our Prosecutors so easily swayed based on the cost of trial? Surely a trial costs less than locking this creep up for life. Way to go by a system that’s just trying to justify its means, and people think we’re safer for this CONsequence? – There is NONE when these people get what they want, life spared and living the life of not having to work a job that pays them less than what it costs to lock them up, and we wonder where the PROBLEM in our society is and why a cops job is so dangerous. Look NO FARTHER than travesty’s like this.
All those in the legal profession should be so proud of what they have become? – STOP THE DEALS, YOU ARE IDIOTS!!!!
Ken Hensley spoke about his brother.
“Freelin was a special man to each and every one of us. He meant so much to us. He was a good friend, son, brother, father, grandfather and even saved a man’s life. He had many friends in his lifetime. He was there for each of us when we needed him,” Ken Hensley said.
Ken Hensley said it was an honor to know him.
“It’s hard to understand why or how you could have done the things you did to him,” he said to Hoffman, who showed no emotion. “We would have done anything for him and wished we could have been there to protect him and kept him in our lives. He was taken from us well before his time and we miss him every day. This loss is a nightmare we can’t escape.”
Donna Hardymon, Freelin Hensley’s daughter, said her family came to court to honor their dad.
“We miss our dad very much as well as Billjack, Darrell and Jerry. We miss them all. Donald Hoffman has marked our community for life, we will never forget. I miss my dad dearly. There is no one that can give him back to me, but there is someone who took him from us all: Donald Hoffman,” Hardymon said as she sobbed.
Hardymon said her mom raised her and her siblings by the Bible, which states an eye for an eye.
“But as a Christian you think to yourself, it’s wrong to want someone to die. Our family and this town are very torn of a decision for this man for what he has done to us,” Hardymon said. “I cry every day. I talk to my dad. Sept. 1 was the worst day of our lives. It’s been 136 days since I have seen my dad other than through pictures. This man did this to us, to our whole family.”
Hardymon said her dad always kept her family safe and that he was a good man.
“I really want Donald Hoffman to die, I really do. He can’t answer why to us other than he did this. It’s just not good enough,” Hardymon said.
Macy Chatman, daughter of Billjack Chatman, said Sept. 1 was the most heartbreaking day of her life when she learned her dad, and her 2-year-old daughter’s grandfather, had been taken from them.
“My dad was a fun-loving, good, kind-hearted person and I just don’t get why you would do something like this to my dad,” Macy said directly to Hoffman. “You are a very heartless person. You don’t deserve to be living when my dad is in the ground. I pray you live a very horribly painful life and that your actions haunt you for the rest of your life.”
Macy Chatman said it is Hoffman’s fault that she can no longer call her dad or go to his house to hang out.
“My child will be growing up with one less grandpa in her life. My heart is broken and will be for the rest of my life. I hope you never see daylight again. You don’t even deserve to be living or breathe the same air,” Macy Chatman said.
While Smith’s family opted not to speak in court, his niece Valerie Smith Malone said later that her uncle was a very intelligent and artistic man who lived with Hoffman as his roommate for several months before Hoffman took his life.
“They were friends. How could he do that to him?” Malone said as she hugged Smith’s daughter, Roni Penwell.
As the doors opened for Hoffman to be taken from the courtroom, Freelin Hensley’s sister, Roxie Messer, yelled out, “The doors of hell have opened. May you rot in hell.”
What do you think about this ass getting to wear ear plugs to block out what he needs to hear?
THIS IS BULLSHIT!!!!
I could not agree more with this post…
Why does he get to wear ear plugs? Hr should get to hear the sadness from this family. What he did was wrong and he gets ear plugs?