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jurydoc May 23, 6:58 p.m.
Actually, the jury did "buy it." The choices they had were death or life without parole. LWOP is the lesser of the 2 sentences which means that mitigating circumstances outweighed aggravating circumstances. His brain condition was a mitigating circumstance.
"Screen Name-8/20" May 23, 5:04 p.m.
"They found him not guilty on two robbery charges as well as a first-degree murder charge in the Feb. 13, 2008, shooting death of Anthony Scarborough – a friend whom prosecutors said Devega held a personal grudge against when he allegedly shot him at point-blank range during a home invasion."
Not that I'm questioning the jury's decision, because I wasn't in the courtroom the entire time they were, so I didn't hear ALL that they heard, but I wonder how a not guilty was reached on this charge.
"Screen Name-8/20" May 23, 5:01 p.m.
"We are at peace with what you all did decide," Powell said. ""He's not getting out and he can't hurt anybody else."
Prayers for all who loved Stephanie Anderson.
PanthersFan45 May 23, 4:48 p.m.
"Defense attorneys say Devega has a deficit in the frontal lobe of his brain, which affects his ability to make good decisions, maintain self-control and appreciate the consequences of his actions."
I've never heard an argument like that before. I'm glad the jury didn't buy it.
"Screen Name-8/20" May 23, 4:43 p.m.
I don't know what the statistics of that are, but I'd dearly love to see links to actual statistics that show that.
Deb1003 May 23, 4:39 p.m.
OMG, you're bringing teachers' salaries into this? Seriously?
"Screen Name-8/20" May 23, 4:35 p.m.
He's lucky I wasn't on the jury, and if I had to give him life, it would be with the recording of Stephanie begging for her life pumped into his cell 24/7/365 for the rest of his life.
Prayers for his victims that survived and for the loved ones of those who didn't, and for his loved ones too, who probably didn't deserve the lot he saddled thew with either.
JAT May 23, 4:20 p.m.
Are there really crimes with no victims? Or just crimes that got stopped before there would have been victims?
notexactly May 23, 4:16 p.m.
Um maybe, maybe not. but if they are in prison for drugs, then they are there for not learning the lesson from the several times of just getting slaps on the hand. They continue to break the law and should be put in prison. But you are kinda right, 90% of them end right back in prison because they still break the law. Please stop using that " they just do drugs or sale drugs" as an excuse. They should be there just like the murderers.
notexactly May 23, 4:04 p.m.
your right, but we would have paid for this scum anyway. He was most likely on the system to start with and now at least we know what system he is on and where.
Minarchist May 23, 3:17 p.m.
Nearly half the people in prison are there for non violent drug offenses. Crimes with no victims. Stop being emotional and think.
Obamacare returns again May 23, 2:49 p.m.
Now I have a craving for pizza. Thanks Raleigh Rocks 1.
jurydoc May 23, 2:47 p.m.
It is not the final act taken in the process of putting him to death that increases the costs. It is all of the process prior to that act to attempt to assure that an innocent individual is not executed that increases the cost substantially. From the minute a prosecutor decides to seek the death penalty, the defendant becomes entitled to 2 trial attorneys, plus eliglble for investigators, mitigation specialists and other experts to mount a defense. All in an effort to even the playing field. Then, post conviction, if the death penalty is imposed, certain mandatory appeals are in place. These are the factors driving up the cost of having the death penalty on the table.
greg69innc May 23, 2:23 p.m.
the state should allow the family to be tax exempt so their hard earned tax money wont pay to keep him up in prison.
orangemoonlite May 23, 2:21 p.m.
There's absolutely no way a $5 injection could cost more to put him to death - like he deserves - than what it costs to keep him alive on our tax dollars for the next however many years. If it IS, the people in charge are certainly doing something wrong...
Duff Dry May 23, 2:01 p.m.
Even though it's true he will cost the taxpayers quite a lot to incarcerate him, putting him to death would be more costly still. Sure, he deserves the worst, but life without parole is not all pizza parties...
Paul M May 23, 1:53 p.m.
cpdtg May 23, 1:39 p.m.
He will do fine in prison and probably will end up happy in that life He will be with people who think and act the same
wvufan4life May 23, 1:36 p.m.
And we "the tax payers" should pay $30,000 to $40,000 a year to keep this man alive. The wages for murdering a person should be death. With satellite television, recreation halls, etc., it is no wonder some released prisoners commit crimes to get back in. What happened to prison camps. You are in there to receive punishment for you actions!
sjb2k1 May 23, 1:26 p.m.
I am sure his appeals will be rejected, but it's his right to file them. Such is the justice system. Shrug.
Raleigh Rocks 1 May 23, 1:24 p.m.
So he gets pizza parties too now
JAT May 23, 1:05 p.m.
how can the attorney still insist devega had no involvement while saying he has a "faulty brain" that keeps him making the right choices? if he's innocent, he didn't make any choice about the murder since he wasn't eventhere, right?
Obamacare returns again May 23, 1:04 p.m.
Question marks abound Scubagirl.
scubagirl2 May 23, 12:59 p.m.
"In addition to a life sentence, Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner sentenced Devega to ??? years in prison for attempted first-degree murder and ?? years in prison
Just Once May 23, 12:53 p.m.
Sounds like he was pretty brutal to this woman. I agree with DJ - he should not be watching TV ever again....
Obamacare returns again May 23, 12:28 p.m.
He should already be dead.
jenjengirl89 May 23, 12:25 p.m.
In addition to a life sentence, Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner sentenced Devega to ??? years in prison for attempted first-degree murder and ?? years in prison"
WRAL, are you going to finish editing this published story?
scubagirl2 May 23, 12:24 p.m.
NOT the verdict I would have given. But the jury spoke. I'm sure now he'll file many appeals to get it reduced.
ncprr1 May 23, 12:23 p.m.
The difference is, teachers are free to go and do whatever they want and make all the money that they are capable of.
Trusting May 23, 12:15 p.m.
Well ain't he lucky he just got the teacher's pay raise. I be the teachers feel like they are in a prison with only bread and water and they can't even work to make enough cigarette money.
jackaroe123 May 23, 12:13 p.m.
The victims didn't deserve to die regardless of what Mr. Devega's sentence is, and there is no way to undo their deaths. In that sense, true justice is impossible in our lifetime.
Life in prison isn't fun, easy, relaxing, or anything else positive.
evadbbat May 23, 11:52 a.m.
Now, he gets free room and board for life. Unfortunately, we the taxpayers have to foot the bill.
1775 May 23, 11:50 a.m.
The ADA had it right when he said:
""He's going to beg you for compassion and mercy – traits each of you possess. They're positive traits, and he's counting on you because you're different than him," Assistant District Attorney Matt Lively said during closing arguments Thursday in the sentencing phase of Devega's 13-week trial.
"Stephanie Anderson begged for compassion and mercy – 'Please, Jesus. I swear on my life,' – and when she begged for compassion and mercy, you know what he said? 'I don't care.'"
Goalieman May 23, 11:42 a.m.
djofraleigh May 23, 10:44 a.m.
The woman he murdered was working, trying to make a living and is rotting in the ground now, but he lives on. Even in prison he will find some pleasures, or on death row he will be alone in his cell from 11pm to 7am, then he will be out in the common area watching TV, exercising and socializing, being well fed and cared for medically. Doesn't seem fair when he and his victim or compared, but I could not pull the switch or inject him. I guess justice will be his living on with the rest of us safe from him, and paying for his upkeep and imprisonment. A just ending would be his being put in the grave somehow so she could live again, for him to be able to give his life to save the one he took, but science has not that kind of magic, yet.
stymieindurham May 23, 10:42 a.m.
Shouldn't be much of a decision.
NJDEVILSFANINNCHELL May 23, 10:31 a.m.
DEATH!!! After 20 years of appeals!!
Published: 2007-10-05 09:38:00
Updated: 2014-06-24 16:03:36