Eugene Snitily's lawyer believes the sentence he received for molesting his 4 year old granddaughter is too harsh, so he's considering appealing it.
While that's not unusual, because no one ever thinks their sentence is fair, I think this lawyer might just be trying to redefine the term "harsh". After all, two years probation barely even hints at being a real punishment.
The judge in the case, who served on the March of Dimes board with Snitily in 1981 believed the sentenced was justified, and "said it was appropriate in light of the guilty verdict. He said Judge Randall relied on psychological testing and expert assessments. "The court made the decision that Mr. Snitily is at very low risk of acting out in any sexual manner."
Meanwhile, the County Attorney also plans on appealing the sentence, stating " "We felt that sentence was inappropriate and excessively lenient so therefore, I'm filing an appeal.""
The girl's mother, who is not being identified in order to protect the victim, says last week's sentence left her daughter without justice.
"It's ripped us apart. It's been horrible and traumatic," she told Channel 6 News. "Every piece of it from the second this happened until now has just been horrid."
She says she never expected the sentence would actually be appealed. "I'm really glad. I'm really glad. I think it was thanks to all the people that called and sent e-mails and wrote letters. Without them, I don't know if this would have happened."
For those who would like to voice their thoughts:
4th Judicial District Court of Nebraska
Hall of Justice
1701 Farnam Street, 5th Floor
Omaha, NE 68183
COURTROOM NO. 5 - 5TH FLOOR
Judge Gary B. Randall
Bailiff: Jill Lustgarten
Court Reporter: Sonya Kennedy
Court Reporter Phone: 444-7548