I'm without a doubt, 100% not on the side of punish more, put more people in prison. Not at all, but I don't care if it was the guy's own son, he negligently allowed his snake to escape and kill those two kids. Not only that, you say he had other illegal animals. I'm not saying he needs a 25 year murder sentence, but I think something in the neighborhood of 5-7 years would be enough to send the message that you can't be a negligent pet owner and not suffer the consequences. Something similar to what you might see for a drunk driver would be enough for me.
Those two kids are dead and he is the reason why. I don't see how you can look at this and say he doesn't deserve a prison sentence. Just because it must suck already for him? Too bad, if he didn't want it to be a sh!tty situation, take better care of the pet and the people in his care.
This is exactly the same as someone texting while driving and killing somebody. Exactly the same type of situation. No intent, but the ability was there and the man was negligent in his care for the animal, which caused the deaths, just like if I killed a pedestrian because I was negligent in my driving while texting. Should I be exempt from the law because I feel bad about killing that pedestrian? Or if I had hit a tree instead and killed my passenger?
the dude had a kid and since he got his kid all his cage got double locks and we're verified, the cops are still investigating and everyone is clueless how it happened, even the snake (that experts keep on saying they simply dont understand cause those snakes usually dont attack like that and especially not just killing for fun one kid after the other, if they kill they kill one beast and eat it, they do not just kill and leave it there, its very strange).
you can also see it has a guy who left his pool uncovered and the kids fell and drowned... of course you can say that he should have covered it and everything but the guy had no control on the actions that happened, its still unclear how the snake got out, snakes usually doesnt leave their habitation. Its very sketchy theres a lot of "this never happen usually" piled up together in this case.
and what good would come out of him serving 5-7 years? would he learn anything from it? or would the society be protected now that he's not free? There's no point, thats why you put people in jail, to protect the people and to punish and make sure it doesnt happen again. Of course you can go the "it will show others not to do it" way but i still think its useless.
you can be sure that with those 2 boys dying anyone who had a big snake checked their cage already to make sure it was secure. No one is telling himself, oh well he dude didnt get anything so why bother, if my snake escape and kill someone i wont go in jail. cmon now
Edited by SterioDesign, 13 August 2013 - 09:44 AM.