Public deserves better

This is in regard to the conviction of Eben Berriault for the murder of Scott Kinkele. Mary Kinkele, Scott’s mother, apparently felt justice had not been served, even though Mr. Berriault would probably spend the rest of his life in prison. Mrs. Kinkele was probably referring to the fact that Mr. Berriault has served a prior sentence for his part in beating a man in the head with a rock until dead so $400 could be stolen from the victim.

As the state of Washington does not believe in revenge, only three murderers have been executed in the last 20 years. One was Charles Rodman Campbell, who displayed the two characteristics of murderers: They place no value on the lives of others but they do value their own life. These characteristics do not change with a prison term.

Life in prison without parole will serve the same justice as a death sentence, but only as long as this person is in prison. The public deserves and pays taxes for much better protection than is being served.


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