Donald Edward Lynch might like to travel a bit, but thanks to a judge with a backbone and some proper ethics- the only trips Lynch will be taking for the remander of his life are the ones from his jail cell to the jail house cafeteria.
"I know you're not gonna probably live that long Mr. Lynch, but it is my intent that you never be outside the walls of the Tennessee Department of Correction at any time ever for the rest of your life," retired senior judge Jerry Scott informed Lynch at the conclusion of Friday's sentencing hearing.
Lynch was convicted earlier this month of two counts each of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and aggravated sexual battery, and six counts of rape of a child. For his crimes, Scott ordered Lynch to serve 66 years in prison and pay $400,000 in fines.
Credit for this proper sentence has been given to the testimony of counselors who talked about the effects Lynchs' actions have had, and will continue to have on his victims.
Now, if only we could get a few of these 'pay 'em on the wrist and let them go' judges to start taking lessons from Lynch's judge- we might be able to start getting some results. Personally- I'll take a 'lock 'em up' judge over a 'give them a second chance' one any day.