So Who Did the Lenient Rules Help, In the End?

CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSSBecause it wasn’t him. Ex-felon arrested 28 times shot while committing Kinsey burglary dies in Dothan hospital.

For those of you who are geographically impaired, Dothan, Alabama is a small college town roughly north of Panama City, Florida and roughly south of Montgomery along US 231. They have a couple of decent places to eat, and college radio station that isn’t awful. Or they had, I have not been to Dothan in a very long time. 15 years give or take.

First let’s talk about the dead-guy.

He was convicted in 2018 on four counts of drug possession and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

According to the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles, he had served two years of his sentence before entering the federal release program in March 2020.

So a release program. It was no doubt supposed to be good for him. It wasn’t. It was the worst failure imaginable. If he had even had to serve HALF of his sentence, he might still be alive.

And is anyone surprised by his lack of reform? Can you spell “recidivist?”

Now let’s talk about Sunday.

Dantrail Mills, 34, a habitual lawbreaker, forced his way into a family’s home – first throwing a bicycle at the master bedroom window where a couple and toddler were sleeping, according to Houston County Sheriff’s Office investigators.

He, then, kicked the door in and shot at the male homeowner, missing him. The bullet went through a wall and through a crib in another room.

That is when the resident returned fire.

Alabama has a Stand Your Ground law, and this clearly applies, at least according the Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza.

Among other scenarios, the law states that a person is legally presumed to be justified in using deadly physical force in self-defense or the defense of another person if the person reasonably believes that another person is in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or has unlawfully and forcefully entered, a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle.

Self-defense is a human-right, and Alabama is not New Jersey.