|Patricia Spottedcrow in prison waits on line|
"In January 2010, Dee Starr and her grown children William Lamebull and Patricia Spottedcrow were arrested in an early morning raid after selling $31 worth of marijuana to undercover police. According to Oklahoma City's KFOR-TV, it was their first felony arrests. Each was held on $100,000 bond. Each pled guilty. Here's what that got them:
William Lamebull faced the least serious charge, possession of marijuana around children.According to KFOR-TV, [Kingfisher County Associate District] Judge Susie Pritchett (pic), who retired a few months after ruining Spottedcrow's life, said the 'sentence fit the crime' because 'Ms. Spottedcrow showed no signs of remorse, nor did she seem to even care about what she was doing to her children.' Incidentally, Judge Pritchett does not ruin every drug offender's life. She once heard the case of a police officer's wife who was caught hiding marijuana in her panties. The woman 'was asked to apologize to the judge and never served a day in jail,' a decision Pritchett defended, arguing, 'I treat drug users differently than I treated those who pushed drugs, especially when they sold in front of children.'
He pleaded guilty and got two years probation, no jail time.
Dee Starr, who was facing more serious charges, two felony counts for dealing drugs and for having drugs in front of children, got 30 years probation, again no jail time.
Patricia Spottedcrow pleaded guilty to her crimes as well.
She faced the very same two felony charges as her mother, Dee Starr.
However, Spottedcrow got a 12 year prison sentence, no probation.
She was sentenced to 12 years behind bars for selling two baggies of marajuana worth about $30.
Mark Clayborne, Spottedcrow's attorney, did not 'challenge' his client's pre-sentence investigation report, which Spottedcrow says is rife with inaccuracies. Six months later, Clayborne was convicted of perjury in a different case. Spottedcrow now has a new attorney who will ask for a sentence modification next year. Until then
Patricia Spottedcrow's mother is now raising Patricia's four children.According to KFOR-TV, which deserves much praise for reporting this out, Oklahoma incarcerates more women than any other state in the union."
They don't have the money to visit her in prison.
One-year-old Ja'zalynn doesn't recognize her mom anymore.
I've never been a fan of organics for any reason, not out of moral outrage or anything like that...I guess alcohol did what I needed to be done and committing even a minor crime to have some sort of "high" on weed made zero sense to me. But come on folks, marijuana prosecutions in this day and age absent some sort of other underlying crime makes utterly no sense to me. What a waste of limited resources,
But this story resonates for another reason. This is a fine example of an intemperate judge caught playing favorites to punish someone who pissed her off.
Maybe the Governor of Oklahoma has brains enough to right an incredibly stupid judicial wrong and commute this poor kid's sentence.