The Question Must Be Asked: What is Going on in Houston Co.?

Read this from today’s Montgomery Advertiser:

“DOTHAN — A Houston County judge sentenced a Dothan teenager to 15 years in prison for the armed robbery of a man with a toy gun.

Police arrested 19-year-old Steffon Parresse Tolver last April and charged him with first-degree robbery. Circuit Court Judge Butch Binford issued the sentence on Wednesday.

Defense attorney Matt Lamere asked for a minimum sentence, saying his client didn’t have a weapon and that nothing was stolen during the robbery.

Assistant Houston County District Attorney Banks Smith said Tolver faced 10 to 99 years or life in prison for armed robbery, but because the gun wasn’t real he did not face enhanced punishment.”

Fifteen years?  According to quick calculations using ADOC’s incarceration cost figures from 2008, it is going to cost upwards of $75,000 to house Mr. Tolver in prison for a minimum third of his sentence (probably the earliest he will receive a parole hearing) when he didn’t even use a weapon or actually take any property.


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