DAILYKENN.com -- The word "lynch" is defined as "to put to death (as by hanging) by mob action without legal approval or permission."
No rope required.
Three black women were convicted and sentenced after lynching a homeless white veteran. Considering our nation's obsession with lynching, one would think this story would be national news.
From phillyvoice.com ▼
Aleathea Gillard coldly stared toward the front of the courtroom, betraying little emotion as Shareena Johnson held her head in her hands sobbing loudly, and Kaisha Duggins wiped the tears from her eyes with the inside of her sweater.
Behind the closed door of Courtroom 607, a defendant’s 11-year-old daughter could be heard screaming “Mommy!” through tears.
This is what justice looked like after an emotional three-hour sentencing hearing more than three years after the trio of women participated – with three juveniles – in the fatal beating of a homeless man outside an Olney gas station.
Around 1 p.m. Friday, Common Pleas Court Judge Sandy L.V. Byrd sentenced the women – all mothers – on charges of voluntary manslaughter, conspiracy and possession of an instrument of crime after pleading guilty earlier this year.
Both Gillard and Duggins – who were seen beating 51-year-old Robert Barnes with a rocking-chair leg and hammer, respectively, in surveillance video of the brutal April 7, 2015 attack – received the maximum sentence of 22.5 to 45 years in prison.
Joachim – who is Duggins’ sister – was sentenced to 12.5 to 25 years in prison on the same charges.
Her sentence was less than her co-defendants because the weapon she wielded was Mace, and she was so inept with it that she missed Barnes and sprayed it in the face of one of the children who were involved in the attack.
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