Ronald Clemons, the 24-year old who is now charged with killing three people, including a three-year old baby, should have still been in prison for a 2004 murder when he committed this crime.
Here we go again.
Paul Kersey writes: “According to DeKalb County’s OJS, Ronald Clemons was arrested seven times before this week’s incident. His first arrest on record was when he was 17, so I think it’s safe to assume he has a juvenile record.”
In September of 2004, Clemons participated in a murder on the same street where he committed a triple murder this week. In the previous killing, a DeKalb County prosecutor let him plead to aggravated assault and offered a light sentence. A DeKalb County judge signed off on the plea.
Why? It’s worth noting that community standards play a role when someone like Clemons gets away with murder — the community creates the atmosphere of leniency, and the community elects District Attorneys who go easy on violent criminals.
For some reason, Clemons was not sent to prison until a year and a half after the 2004 murder, in March of 2006. He was supposed to serve three years, no parole, but he was released after serving approximately three-quarters of that time.
Maybe he got credit for time served. Or maybe the Georgia Pardons and Parole Board let him walk. Who knows?
What we do know is that, having internalized the lesson of no consequences, Clemons then went on quite a tear. He’s also charged with robbing three men at gunpoint.
Five months ago, he was charged with violating parole. That case is still open: apparently the prosecutor’s office failed to act on it. If they had, people might not have died.
Clemons’ father told the newspaper that his son could not be guilty because murder is “completely out of character for my son.” Now there are three more bodies to be explained away.
See DeKalb Officers for more on the (non) prosecutions of Ronald Clemons. Don’t miss the acerbic comments, by cops who see this happening every day.
And, meanwhile, here is a practically identical case in Britain this week (minus the guns: they have to kill with fists more often over there, and so they do). If things go as they’ve gone in Atlanta, this “Jamie Webb” should work up to slaughtering babies and other innocent bystanders sometime around Autumn, 2012. Conveniently, he’ll be out of prison then, too.