Seriously, Leland Beasley (pic) is a piece of crap. He is guilty of producing child porn which means he turned at least 10 children into his victims. Beasley is garbage. But please explain how it is that a federal judge justifies giving him a sentence of 290 years in prison? Here's Kristin Gosling's local account for KDSK:
The largest sentence ever imposed in the Eastern District of Missouri came down against a child pornography producer. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Leland Beasley was sentenced to 3480 months in prison, which is more than 290 years.
At his jury trial in April, Beasley was found guilty of 10 counts of production of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography. The ten counts of production involve 10 different victims.
According to testimony presented at trial, Beasley owned and operated video gaming businesses called Gamestation Sector 19, located on Lemay Ferry Road in St. Louis County. Several of the victims were molested by Beasley and videotaped at this business.
Any long time follower or reader of this blawg knows the Bad Lawyer earned his props going after pedophiles, what I want to know is why are absurd sentences being handed out. We get it. This man is a beast. But isn't a life sentence or one just short of his life expectancy, if he can stay alive as an SO in prison--sufficient to send the message? We are entering an era of science fiction in some of the sentencing schemes.