Without all the details, this seems like a giant bag of ish!
Aren't they called "Correctional Facilities", if 8 years set the guy straight then chalk it up as a success in the system and a failure in the Sentencing department...
Mandatory minimum parole, you get released after a few years, you fuck that up you do a 90 year bid. A sure thing like 90 years back in hell would certainly scare me righteous...
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Coarse edged youth, the irish pendants string from their smiles
not yet plucked as to slacken the seams
and drag down the features of age,
no folds or creases from unkempt wear
eyes of tranquilty, crystalline-beads
no sign of despair in their hair, nor their hearts
but oh they have yet to be experienced and that makes aging so very worth it...ML circa2012
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Paul Olexa, 24, enters Judge Raymond Batten's court room on Friday morning, May 18, where he then pleaded guilty to shooting and killing his friend Samuel Schmucker, 25, while hunting in the woods of Lower Township on Jan. 6, 2011.
Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 1:00 am | Updated: 6:31 am, Sat May 19, 2012.
By TRUDI GILFILLIAN Staff Writer
Follow Trudi Gilfillian on TwitterCAPE MAY COURT HOUSE Margaret Schmucker does not believe her sons death was an accident.
No one accidentally shoots their friend directly in the chest and then accidentally digs a hole and buries him, Margaret Schmucker said Thursday at the sentencing hearing for Paul Olexa. Paul took my son into the woods and executed him.
Olexa, 24, admitted on April 13 that he shot Samuel Schmucker, 25, in the chest in a wooded area of Lower Township on the morning of Jan. 6, 2011.
Olexa told a judge that they had gone hunting that morning, and that he was horsing around and tripped when the 12-gauge shotgun went off.
And killed him, correct? defense attorney John Zarych asked at the April 13 hearing. Yes, Olexa replied.
The next day, April 14, Schmuckers body was finally recovered by police, 15 months after his disappearance, after Olexa finally told police where he was buried.
During Thursdays hearing, Zarych told Superior Court Judge Raymond Batten that Olexa was contrite and remorseful. It resulted in the death of my clients best friend, Zarych said of the shooting.
But Schmuckers family members told the judge the shooting was no accident, and they asked that Olexa receive a prison term longer than the five-year sentence agreed to as part of Olexas plea bargain.
In exchange for pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter, Olexa was sentenced to five years in prison subject to the states No Early Release Act, meaning he must serve 85 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole.
I dont believe it was an accident, said Laura Wiatrowski, Samuel Schmuckers twin sister, telling the court the family was not happy with the five-year sentence.
(You) should have just told the truth, she said as she stood in the courtroom just steps away from Olexa, who kept Schmuckers death and the location of the body a secret from his family.
The prison term, she said, is a disgrace.
Assistant Prosecutor Dara Paley told the judge that hundreds of man hours were spent searching for Schmucker, but she said that without Olexas confession candidly (it was) unlikely they would have caught him otherwise.
Paley said Olexas cooperation was key to bringing some finality to the case.
She said that while the sentence may seem like a miscarriage of justice to some, including the family, it has provided them with closure.
Olexa never turned to face Schmuckers family members as they recalled Samuel Schmucker. Schmuckers mother said her son had his share of troubles including a learning disability and contacts with law enforcement, but he was looking to change his life, which included spending time with his young daughter, in the time before the shooting.
She then pointed to her sons death certificate which lists the manner of death as a homicide.
It wasnt an accident, she said.
Samuel Schmuckers fiancee, Ellen Wiltshire, told the court that Schmucker and Olexa were best friends. They were like brothers, she said, adding she wanted to believe the shooting was an accident.
Diane Olexa, Paul Olexas sister, also spoke. She told the court that coming forward following the shooting would not have been an easy thing to do.
There can be no question the loss of life is tragic, Batten said as he began to impose his sentence.
Batten said that, according to court documents, Olexa admitted arguing with Schmucker on Jan. 5, 2011, regarding a womans affections. The two then went hunting later that night.
Batten said it remained unclear why they would have gone into the woods at such an hour, but he said the court had only one record to consider.
It is the reality that the record before the court is limited to that one version, Batten said of Olexas statement.
The 15 month delay? Is that explained to the court to the satisfaction of the court? Not really, Batten said.
But he agreed that without Olexas cooperation the case would likely never have been resolved, and he found the agreement fair.
Batten sentenced Olexa to the five-year prison term and a three-year term of parole supervision upon his release.
When the hearing was finished, Paley took down a poster board the family had made featuring photos of Schmucker from infancy through adulthood.
On the board was a yellowed newspaper clipping with the headline, Villas boy took right course to help friend hit by car.
The story was about a 12-year-old Sam Schmucker who was credited with acting quickly and calling for help when a friend was injured.