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Protesters demand higher bonds on criminal suspects

Posted September 4, 2008

— More than a dozen people protested outside the Vance County Sheriff's Office Thursday over bonds they view as too lenient.

The protest comes six days after a a convenience store clerk was killed by a Vance County man who was out on bond on weapons charges.

Demarius Antoine Benson, 19, of Eastway Drive, was arrested Sunday in the death of Sadeq Ali Mohommed Alashmali during a robbery last Friday of the Williamsboro Grocery on N.C. Highway 39 North.

One of the protest organizers said the group is concerned prosecutors and judges are cutting too many deals.

Vance County District Attorney Sam Currin said his office is doing the best job it can.

Another suspect in the convenience store shooting, Saadi T. Williams, 20, of Henderson, was arrested Tuesday.


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  • workingforthosethatwont Sep 5, 2008

    Bond is not designed to be a punishment or deterent. It is only to insure a person's appearance in court for whatever they are charged with.
    Think of it this way, being arrested does not mean you are guilty. Would you want to sit in jail with a high bond if you were not the one who committed the crime?
    What they should do is make the sentences more harsh and longer. Stop these short sentences for the robberies they have already been convicted for.

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  • Iseeu Sep 5, 2008

    It's not the probation officers, If everybody gets probation how are a hand full of officers suppose to keep up with them all. The problem is the Judges.

  • GodBless Sep 5, 2008

    Centurian...NO! The courthouse is NOT in the sheriff's office. I am from here!

  • makeitright Sep 5, 2008

    No Bail sit in a cell with a fee of 1000.00 a day until the trial and have them work it off. Then if they get the chair (yeah right) then have the judge that let them off the last time pay the bill.

  • ifcdirector Sep 5, 2008

    "We the people need to know who these judges are, so when the time comes we can vote them off and they will be able to serve on the bench.
    Dr. Dataclerk"

    That's rich. Who in the world would you personally vote for then?

  • ifcdirector Sep 5, 2008

    Good for them. But how many of these same people will work to elect another liberal democrat to preside over their justice system there? That's where they all need to protest is at the ballot box where it counts. These elitists could care less about what you think unless you get in their way or they are looking for your vote or support next election.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Sep 5, 2008

    Correction: The judges will NOT be able to sent on the benches after being voted off.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Sep 5, 2008

    We the people need to know who these judges are, so when the time comes we can vote them off and they will be able to serve on the bench.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Sep 5, 2008

    It is the judges who are letting these criminals out with bail that is a joke. I've been in courtrooms and seen prosecutors ask for high bail just to have the judges set the bail ridiculously low.

    Sorry, but judges do seem to be the problem. They are always putting the criminals back on the streets until they commit more crime or more killings. When is this going to stop judges. I feel and know you can do better than that. One day it can be your love one - starting with you wife and children. Do you as a judge even care?