The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Monday, April 28, 2008

160 Works for Me

A jury sentenced, and a judge laid the sentences out consecutively rather than the defenses desired concurrent method, a child molester to 160 years after finding him guilty of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child by exposure.

Prosecution argued, and the jury evidently agreed that Keith Allen Porter sexually abused a now 12 year old boy. During testimony for sentencing, the jury learned that Porter had also sexually assaulted the victims younger bother although he was no charged in connection to that.

His attorney, Stan Schwieger, said he will appeal the conviction and the judge’s order to “stack” the sentences instead of ordering them to be served concurrently.

“I think it is a tragedy for everybody,” Schwieger said. “Certainly it is a tragedy for my client, certainly a tragedy for his family and certainly a tragedy for those who made the allegations. It was not a happy place in 54th Court this week.”

Sloan said Porter deserved the long sentence. Prosecutors had offered him 20 years in prison in a plea bargain before trial started and increased it to 25 years after the boy, now a 12-year-old fifth-grader, testified Tuesday, Shafer said.

“I am glad the jury took this opportunity to sentence a pedophile,” Sloan said. “I think the sentence is appropriate considering the facts and the evidence.”

In punishment phase testimony, it was revealed that Porter also abused the boy’s younger brother while taking a bath with the siblings at a home in West. He was tried only in the abuse of the older boy.

As if being a pedophile wasn't enough to prove that this man was a disgusting waste of human DNA- it seems he also had a odd obsession of collecting dead animals in jars.

Porter, who has misdemeanor convictions for family violence and criminal mischief, also kept a collection of dead animals, including a kitten, turtles, frogs, a snake and an unidentified animal, in jars filled with oil in his closet, according to court testimony.

A West police detective said she also found dead animals in his freezer. The older boy testified that Porter put the kitten into the jar of oil while it was still alive.