Posted: 4:16 pm Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Man agrees to vasectomy for less prison time 

By George Mathis

The punishment is supposed to fit the crime, but some judge’s rulings sound more like social engineering.

The Roanoke Times brings 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. (Jail booking photo)

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.

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9 comments
druidhills
druidhills

"A sure-fire way to reduce prison overcrowding is to require sterilization on the first prison sentence.  Anyone with two functioning brain cells knows the apple doesn't fall far from the tree."


Straight from the pages of "Mein Kampf". 

DontTread
DontTread

A sure-fire way to reduce prison overcrowding is to require sterilization on the first prison sentence.  Anyone with two functioning brain cells knows the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.


The other sure-fire way to reduce prison overcrowding is capital punishment, but liberals don't like that either.

scrappy-22
scrappy-22

"US should offer paid maternity leave"


Yes, it should. I don't see this happening during my childbearing years, but would bet it will be in place in time for my daughters.  (maternity leave should also be available to fathers as well) As we continue to see more women being the breadwinners in the family, I think this will become even more of an issue. 

coj
coj

“Sentencing conditions are designed to prevent future criminal behavior,” Benjamin said. “Fathering children is not criminal behavior.”


But fathering children and not supporting them can be. If you spread your seed and a child grows as the result, then you should be responsible for it's financial well being. Remember the article said he has financially supported SOME of his children, implying that is was in the past and some were not supported.

northbeach_scott
northbeach_scott

This fellow really looks like a prize sperm donator. The chicks that keep spreading their legs for this scum must also be fine specimens. Do you suppose any of the spawn will avoid prison?

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

How about cutting off his balls rather that cutting his tubes, makes more sense and saves taxpayer money in welfare for any more " yard " children

fez
fez

I've always loved having a manual transmission, though I've never really considered it to be a theft deterrent.  Too funny.  Logging onto facebook while burglarizing someone's home is baffling.  Why are people so obsessed with (anti)social media??