Judge: Doing Time Doesn't Stop The Dealing
A Connecticut federal judge says that handing down hefty prison sentences doesn't have any impact on reducing drug dealing.
Senior U.S. District Judge Peter Dorsey says imposing long prison terms is being ignored on the street and not deterring any drug dealers. The judge says the illegal drug market is enticing because of the large profits. His comments came Wednesday in New Haven as he was sentencing Joshua Huckabee, 27, of Norwalk to 10 years in prison for crack dealing and holding guns for a murderer. The prosecutor argued for more time, saying it would send a message to drug dealers. Dorsey says he doesn't think somebody dealing drugs is going to say "Hey, look how much prison time was imposed."
Police Did Nothing Wrong
A state prosecutor has concluded that Bristol police did nothing wrong last year when they fired a stun gun at a burglary suspect just minutes before he shot himself during a standoff. Steven Kane, 21, of Farmington was confronted by police on April 20 after a homeowner found him inside his sun room. Police said Kane pointed a gun at the homeowner before fleeing. Kane was found nearby and surrounded but refused to drop his gun. At one point, he began raising it, police said. They used a stun gun, but Kane put his gun to his head and pulled the trigger. He died the next day.
Arson Suspect in Court
A man accused of setting his West Hartford home on fire last month was in court Thursday. William Beckerman used kerosene and gasoline to torch his home on the crossways, police said. They also said he was home for about 10 minutes before someone called to report the fire. Beckerman originally blamed a faulty furnace. He was released after posting $500 bond.