Seventy Years to Life Is Excessive



There is no doubt that Jared Adams is one of the bad guys. During a crime spree, he shot and paralyzed a 10-year-old boy and carjacked then-Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata. Plus he lied on the stand. As a result, Adams deserves to go to prison for a long time. But 70 years? That's effectively a life sentence for a 26-year-old who didn't kill anyone.

Our judicial system is beyond screwed up when we put someone away for life for what Adams did. Hell, his sentence is more than twice as long as the one to be handed out to Devaughndre Broussard, the man who assassinated journalist Chauncey Bailey. Murder is far more serious than accidentally wounding a child and carjacking a senator, and life sentences should be reserved for only the most heinous crimes.

While Superior Court Judge Larry Goodman's contempt for Adams is completely understandable, he should have taken a lesson from Christopher Rodriguez, the paralyzed boy who is now 12. Rodriguez publicly forgave Adams yesterday in court, even though Adams caused him so much pain and suffering. Now, no one is suggesting that Goodman also should have forgiven Adams, but he certainly could have stepped back, calmed his emotions, and meted out a sentence that fits the crime.