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Unlicensed hunter pleads guilty in shooting death, why is this guy not doing life???

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by clearconscience, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    This guy murdered someone, shouldn't have been near a gun, and has been arrested 34 times!!!! Are you kidding me? Why would he obey the law?
    F-d up justice system, and I use the term loosely.

    Unlicensed hunter pleads guilty in shooting death | Statesman Journal | statesmanjournal.com

    William C. Rogers, 50, of Brooks, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 90 months for manslaughter in the second degree Friday in Marion County Court.


    Rogers was accused of shooting Elias Sontay of Woodburn on Nov. 2 as he searched for a shrubs in the foothills east of Silverton.


    Rogers also entered a plea of guilty for the charge of a felon in possession of a firearm, a class C felony and was sentenced to 18 months to run concurrently with the other sentence.


    Alejandro Sontay, the victim’s brother-in-law, addressed the court with the aid of an interpreter.


    “I don’t agree that the guilty party is only going to get 90 months,” Sontay said. “These are pictures of my nieces that are now orphans. These orphans have no home and no way to pay for college or medical bills.”


    Marion County Judge Gale Reder, thanked Sontay for appearing in court before ruling in favor of the plea.


    Marion County Deputy District Attorney Bryan Orrio said Rogers has been arrested 34 times in Oregon, has convictions in other states, has multiple parole violations and charges of failure to appear, and has previously failed to register as a sex offender.


    About 1 p.m. the day of the shooting, sheriff's deputies and Oregon State Police went to an area of privately owned forestland near Grade Road SE and Drakes Crossing Road SE.


    They discovered Sontay's body hours later.


    Investigators said Sontay and a friend were walking in the area looking for salal, an evergreen shrub used in floral arrangements.


    About the same time, Rogers and Green arrived in the area to hunt with a single rifle. Green and Rogers separated, and Rogers took the rifle, officials said.


    Rogers said he saw movement in the nearby brush minutes later and thought he saw the antlers of a deer, officials said. Rogers fired a shot but he had missed his target.
    Orrio said Rogers was about 125 feet from the victim at the time of the shooting and both failed to correctly identify what he was shooting at and failed to go and see what was shot, “be it animal or person.”


    Rogers and Green returned to their car, a 1988 red Ford Fiesta, and drove to another area to continue hunting when they were spotted by Sontay's friend, who was walking to get help.


    The friend described the car to state police troopers, who stopped the car on Grade Road SE as it was leaving the area.


    Officials said Rogers did not have a hunting license.


    Rogers expressed little emotion while in court Friday and offered only a few words in his defense.


    “I am sorry for what I did,” Rodgers said.
     
  2. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That 90 month sentence is pretty weak, especially considering that this joker has such little regard for others and the law in general. Too bad he isn't the one that got shot in the bushes. But then his family would raise Cain telling the world what a great man he was.

    Sickening.
     
  3. Uberdillo

    Uberdillo Oregon Active Member

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    I keep imagining that the judge was thinking "I bet he'll never do THAT again..."
     
  4. lonegunman

    lonegunman Eastern Washington Active Member

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    According to the Federal law, the five years for felon in possession of a firearm must be served consecutively to any other sentence. You gotta love socialists, demanding laws to fight crime then refusing to enforce them.
     
  5. akula

    akula Seattle Member

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    Unfortunately its all about the plea agreements in our system.
     
  6. ablaut

    ablaut Salem(ish), OR Member

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    Wait...arrested 34 times??! Disgusting.
     
  7. Al Mundy

    Al Mundy Vancouver WA New Member

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    When cops can murder people on video and walk away without charges why should a citizen pay a huge price for a careless killing? At least the later was an accident. The legal system and our so called 'rights and freedoms' are a complete sham. The way things are, well, are the way things are ...
     
  8. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Um because he was a career criminal and shouldn't have had a gun in the first place. Maybe we should let Charlie Manson out too, or Gary Ridgeway??
     
  9. Pigdog

    Pigdog Vancouver, WA New Member

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    I bet the shooter would do more time for killing a sea lion.
     
  10. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Or a tree.
     
  11. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Shooting into a bush without identifying your target is no accident.
     
  12. lowly monk

    lowly monk Beaverton, Oregon. Just a guy. Bronze Supporter

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    Thank you, I was taught to identify the target.
    William Rogers, Please die!
     
  13. marty8587

    marty8587 NE Portland Active Member

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    I'm sorry for the victim, but this illustrates that no amount of "common sense gun legislation" will stop criminals that have no common sense!
     
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  14. 1stklass

    1stklass salem oregon Well-Known Member

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    Why is the mainstream media referring to this scumbag as an "unlicensed hunter", instead of calling him what he really is, a poacher. And i havent seen any police "murder" anyone on video and get away with it. The ones on video that were murder the police were charged and convicted on. The questionable shootings, the benefit of the doubt almost always goes to the police. Especially considering most of the "questionable" shootings involved persons with violent history, multiple arrest records, or mental disorders the police may or may not have known about.
     
  15. ablaut

    ablaut Salem(ish), OR Member

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    Heh. +1

    Political Correctness...
    Rule 1: all new terminology must contain approx twice as many syllables.

    Rule 2: all new terminology must seek to remove all cultural connotations, positive or negative (until which point connotations reemerge and new terminology must be created).

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