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Unfair and insane

I read the articles in both papers dated May 14, regarding Anthony’s denial of reconsideration. I found your comment, “Our hearts go out to the family,” to be as disingenuous as my saying to you, “Let’s do lunch.”

After our meeting last month, I left your office in a state of total despair. When you informed me that you would “never forgive Anthony and neither would any of the victims,” I was shocked. I hadn’t come to see you seeking forgiveness, but as a parent in search of fairness.

You proceeded to tell me that our family had cost you a “ton of money” and that Anthony had “dodged a bullet”; apparently implying that Tomas Colver had taken a drug rap for him. I was already aware of your prior comment to Anthony’s father that he (Peter) would be an “old, old man before Anthony ever got out of prison.”

You say you are “satisfied” that Anthony’s sentence was “fair then and is fair now.” Regarding the Alps case, please explain to me how Tomas Colver’s two-year sentence versus Anthony’s nine-year sentence demonstrates any relative culpability.

Mr. Colver was an active participant and was much more than simply passively present at the robbery, since he worked at the Alps at the time and, but for his knowledge of the operation of the business and the personnel who worked there, the crime would not have been possible.

In the Twining Flats case, Nathan Morse and Anthony were both convicted of conspiracy to commit theft. Nathan served 83 days and received probation and Anthony received the maximum of three years. Tomas got less time for participating in an aggravated robbery than Anthony did for conspiracy to commit theft.

Why do you feel it’s fair that there was no reduction of Anthony’s sentence? NONE. Cody Wille put a gun to a clerk’s head and you supported a reduction of his three-year sentence to time served of 14 months with probation. You want Anthony to serve 144 months. That’s not fair, it’s insane.

Anthony deserved to be punished – he IS being punished. He has already served three years. We were not asking for his release tomorrow or next month or even next year, just something to keep the light at the end of the tunnel.

With no reduction in a 12-year sentence, Anthony will spend at least seven or eight more years behind bars. The Department of Corrections is not in the business of releasing inmates early. Its job is to keep them locked up, based on the length of their sentence.

They don’t care if they’ve been good little inmates. In case after case, parole is denied again and again because they haven’t served enough time. Time heals nothing. It’s what you do with the time. There are only limited opportunities within the Department of Corrections.

Who Anthony was in 1999 is not who he is today, and if you don’t care about his genuine remorse and his sincere desire to make amends to his victims and his community, then God help us all.

Your refusal to support any reduction in Anthony’s sentence speaks volumes. The sentencing was unfair then and it’s unfair now.

Ellen L. Rizzuto

Woody Creek

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