Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Montgomery School Resource Officer Get's 20 Years in Sex Abuse of Students

Momtgomery Advertiser

Billy Doss, an ex-officer (he was an employee of MPD when all of this occured) with the Montgomery Police Department was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday, after pleading guilty to sexual crimes against under-aged students at the Capitol Heights Junior High School, said circuit court officials.

Doss, a former police corporal and an 18-year veteran of the police department, pled guilty on July 9 to eight different felony counts, which included attempted sodomy, enticing a child for sexual purposes, and sexual abuse of a child, said an official with the Montgomery County Circuit Clerk’s Criminal Division.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Gene Reese sentenced the former law enforcement officer to 20 years for each Class-B felony and 10-years for each Class-C felony.

All of Doss’s sentences will run concurrently, which will make his total jail time in state prison 20 years, said a court official.

Doss resigned as a police officer shortly after he was charged in January with some 9 different sex crimes against children

So, how come he only got 20 years? Seems like under the mandatory minimum sentences for child sex offenders he should have gotten more. If he had sold any of these kids some weed stolen from the evidence room he would have been given life.

This news story doesn't break down how many times he was charged with B or C and I haven't had time to look it up, but will do so shortly. Two class B felonies would have come up to 20 years minimum. One class C would have been 10 years. He pled guilty to 8 felonies.

The new statutes mandate the following;

Among the significant changes in the new law are mandatory minimum sentences of 20 years in prison for sex offenders convicted of class A felonies and 10 years for class B felonies. These criminals would also be ineligible for probation, split sentences, correctional incentive time for early release, or parole.

Can someone fluent in Alabama legalese help me understand how the sentence for this scum only came out to 20 years? How come we let people, who are admitted child sex predators, outside the walls of prison ever again? Why are they released to walk free among us, to prey on our babies? Why? If we know they did it through forensic evidence, medical evidence, or a plea of guilt then someone please tell me why we ever let them loose?

BTW, questions like this really make me miss Wheeler at Alablawg all that much more. He was always available to explain some legal issue or other to me in my time of need. You are missed....Come back Wheeler!


Anonymous said...

Well, 20 years is a long time to serve in a state prison. He will be 66 when released. Thats not much of a life left.

Loretta Nall said...

It is enough of a life left to molest another child. Old men can be perverts too.