Let's see, 23 years old. Sentenced to 12 years in prison to be served with another 18 year sentence. That would make him... 41? Naw, that can't be right- because the judge clearly calls him " a young man sentenced to the rest of his life in prison,".
I've went back and checked my math, but no matter how many times I do it- I still come up with 41. That doesn't include early release- if he gets it. And I was pretty sure that the average life span was up in the 70's or 80's. Forty one seems awfully young to assume he'll be dead at that age.
A 23-year-old man who could spend the rest of his life behind bars for molesting several Tri-City boys said Thursday that he wants help.
Vernon Neil Fannin of Richland apologized to the victims and their families as he was sentenced in Benton County Superior Court to a minimum term of 12 years and five months in prison.
It will be served at the same time as an 18-year sentence he received in Franklin County last month for the same crimes. His eventual release after serving the minimum will depend on his treatment and rehabilitation while in prison.
He'll be out in less than 20, and most likely it won't be at the end of his life. Then, we'll have to worry about an entire new generation of boys he's likely to prey upon.
Now, some will say that the fact that he went to police shows his real desire to overcome his deviant behavior, but Fannin didn't just pop up at the sheriff's office out of guilt- the families forced him to turn himself in. He wasn't overloaded with guilt and attempting to straighten himself out- he molested at least one victim for a year. His lawyer would have you feel sorry for this monster:
Defense attorney Sal Mendoza Jr. said when he first met with Fannin, his client told him he had no intention of having extensive hearings in the case or going to trial.
"He was not going to force the families and the victims to come forward and go through all that ... that frankly he had a right to," Mendoza said. "He was looking at a life sentence and had nothing to lose. But he takes ownership of what he did and wants treatment."
Right, he had nothing to lose- so he played up the "I'm so sorry, give me treatment and let me out in half the time" to... hold your breath... be able to get out in half the time.
One of the most disappointing aspects of this case is that even the judge felt some tings of sympathy for this freak- ranting on how sad the situation was:
"This is truly a tragedy, a young man sentenced to the rest of his life in prison," Swisher said. "But the victims will suffer for the rest of their lives too ... In a different way, but in a way just as real."BUT??!!?? But the victims? Worded as if they are just some sort of second thought, barely related to the situation?!?
Wow. Amazing that he was able to muster up the strength to even mention the VICTIMS in this, after clearly being so devastated by the fact that the CHILD MOLESTER might have to spend a few years behind bars. The victims suffering will be 'just as real'? Are you fucking joking me?? Their pain, their suffering, and that of their entire families- will be the ONLY real suffering. They were the VICTIMS, the innocent people cruelly manipulated by a sexual predator. And, the judge's sympathy is clearly hitting the wrong side of the courtroom.