Florida Voices: When mandatory sentence does not fit the crime

December 13, 2012

Jail Bars
On Thursdays, I write a column for the website Florida Voices, which is picked up the Tampa Tribune for its community papers and other papers across the state.

This week about Escambia County native Stephanie George, who is serving a mandatory life sentence without parole, because her ex-boyfriend kept drugs and cash in her attic. She has been in federal prison since 1997. The ex-boyfriend has already been freed from prison. The other four co-defendants got shorter sentences than George.

Read the column.

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  • RT December 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Please provide a link for the whole Florida Voices story. I think the blog posting does not adequately represent the big picture. Like Mr. Carter, because of my background in the federal court system, I suspect there is more going on that you have suggested in the blog posting. A person does not wind up serving a life sentence in federal prison for being accessory to drug possession and trafficking. If so, she had a really lousy lawyer and a really pissed off judge.

  • Leroy Carter December 13, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Did she have prior convictions? There must be a reason why she got the life sentence.