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12:56 p.m. — The jury that is in it’s 11th day of deliberations in the corruption trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis took it’s hour-long break of lunch, still unable to agree on verdicts for any of the 13 charges against him.
The punishment is supposed to fit the crime, but some judge’s rulings sound more like social engineering.
The Roanoke Timesbrings us the tale of Jessie Lee Herald, 27, who has agreed to get a vasectomy to reduce his prison sentence by 5 years.
Herald, who has fathered at least seven children by at least six women, was sentenced to one year and eight months for child endangerment after a hit-and-run crash that injured one of his children. The 3-month-old boy was not seriously injured in the wreck.
At least six women wanted to have his baby. (Shenandoah County Jail)
Herald’s uncle said his nephew works as a roofer and in a poultry plant and has financially supported some of his children. But, like a good country song, no one seems to know how many children call Jessie Lee “daddy.”
“I don’t think even he knows,” the uncle said.
The deal for a reduced sentence was a “no-brainer,” said Herald’s attorney.
Steve Benjamin, past president of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said he had never heard of such a thing, but a vasectomy should not be part of plea negotiations.
“Sentencing conditions are designed to prevent future criminal behavior,” Benjamin said. “Fathering children is not criminal behavior.”
I agree with Mr. Benjamin, but some may say it depends on how the kids turn out.
Herald will pay about $1,000 for the surgical procedure when released from prison, his attorney says, but can have it reversed once he is off probation.
Hopefully he will have lost his lady-killer looks by the time that happens.
News to Me is a blog (not a news article) written Monday-Friday and any other day George finds spare time to do such a thing.
George has been a local news editor with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1999. Earlier attempts at journalism included stops in Valdosta, Cordele and Tifton.
A lifelong resident of Georgia, he was raised in Berrien County. He’s fond of guitars, homemade beer and finding interesting news on the wire, Internet and Twitter.