Time to let the guy into the outside world and prove himself.They can
build a tight enough behavior plan to keep a good eye on him.Easy enough
to put him back if his actions going forward merit it.Above all
else, I hope the trooper's family can find it in themselves to extended a
sense of forgiveness so they can all move forward themselves. Nothing is
bringing the man back in this life, and hanging on to such a horrific incident
isn't doing anyone any good either.Best Wishes to all involved,
including those who have to decide - that's a very sober, tough job to
"But we just want him to pay his maximum sentence like it's
designed"No, it's designed to allow the sentence to change
with changes in the convicted person. And that is what is being decided.Hating somebody is like taking poison and waiting for the other person
When does Dee get parole? That is the only question that should be asked.
Criminals need to quake with fear at the thought of murdering or assaulting a
law enforcement officer. Will extending 'mercy' soften that fear?
Society must do whatever makes criminals think twice about killing cops, or
refusing to cooperate with law enforcement. That makes us all safer.
We've got to respect and value (and even avenge when needed) the men and
women who put their lives on the line to keep us safe. We cannot, must not
trivialize their lives. No amount of "sorry" will bring back the dead
Saying sorry isn’t going to help when you murder a police officer
Unfortunately, our choices have consequences. No matter how much we change, we
cannot escape the consequence for our actions. I feel sad that this man made
such a poor choice and is now regretting his actions. But, I am sorry. It was
murder. I don't think there should be parole for this.
Life should be sacred. The taking of innocent life should be among the most
immoral actions a human can take, and society's worst punishments should be
reserved for such acts.Anger at and hatred of those who commit such
evil is not hurtful; it is an expression of our most moral judgments and the
values that make us human.That this man claims he has
"changed" is irrelevant. To reduce his punishment is to betray our
society's moral foundations and dilute the sacredness of life that he
Repentance requires 1) acknowledgement of the wrong done, 2) A contrite spirit
and, 3) restitution. This man apparently is doing the first two, but there is
no way for him to restore the trooper's life. Bottom line, if you
don't want to do the time, don't do the crime! Personally, I believe
the Biblical call for blood atonement (the death penalty). Fortunately, I am
not the judge, God is, and there is no way I would want to face that judgement
with innocent blood on my hands.
Let him out.Of course, nothing society can do to the perpetrator can
compensate for the loss of someone's loved one. But twenty-five years is
enough for someone who isn't going to be a danger to anyone else in
society. Let his remaining years on the outside, in society, be his contribution
to making the world a better place. That is an inadequate compensation, I know,
but it is a better compensation to society than his continuing imprisonment
would be.I was once a very foolish eighteen-year-old. I'm
thankful that I never did anything as stupid as this kid did, but nonetheless,
that could have been me. And if the circumstances in your life were not too much
different, it might have been you as well. Eighteen-year-olds are legally
adults, but anyone who has ever raised one knows that they are still far from
being grownups.Nothing society can do can really achieve justice,
and keeping him in prison longer can't bring the victim back. Give this
young man a chance to make something of himself outside of prison, because
keeping him there longer achieves nothing at all.
No amount of punishment will bring the Trooper back, but for 25 years, Society
has been without the talents of both the Trooper and then prisoner. For
the Troopers Family hate only hurts then Hater not the Hated. Forgiveness frees
them from the Hate. They would be better off forgiving and turn the loss of the
Trooper into something positive, like many others have.
Complicated situation. 18 is young, kids do some really stupid things at that
age. But, it is also old enough to know right from wrong. If you are
the law enforcement family, it is a terrible worry every day to wonder if they
will come home at the end of their shift. Or, if you will come home at the end
of your shift. For the Lund family, their worst fear and nightmare became a
reality. It is even worse nowadays with all the cops that are shot and killed.
The # of police officers killed in the line of duty increased in 2017, As of
June 30, deaths were up 30 % versus the same period in 2016. The
Lund family will never have true justice. True justice would be having their
family member back. This man has served 25 years for this crime and appears to
have turned himself around. He should be given a chance to go out into society
and spend the rest of his life doing good. For one, he could help raise funds
for the families of fallen police officers to help them raise the children that
now have to grow up without their fathers. He should be released on the
condition that if he blows the one-second chance he has he will go back to
prison and spend the rest of his life there.
I think some who have more "justice" in mind than mercy should consider
what purpose could be served by leaving this man in prison, other than a
misguided definition of the term. He appears to have sincerely improved and
changed himself, and 25 years is a very long time.
There is a lot to consider in this case. So much more than could fit in the
article. I am grateful I'm not making the decision. How can you release a
man who killed someone - no less an officer - in cold blood? Particularly if his
family still ask that he be incarcerated? Yet, after 25 years for a crime
committed at the age of 18, with true remorse, responsible behavior, etc. is it
not time to allow for a person to change? As the man quoted in the article said
- what will change after 10 more years? I don't have the answers, but I
believe in a system that works to balance mercy and justice. He has been in
prison longer than he was alive prior to committing the crime. His words and
deeds show he has changed. It shows he wishes he could take it all back, but he
can't. Yet, he killed a man whose family still suffers and doesn't
want to see him released. Has justice been served? Is it time for mercy? My
heart goes out to all involved - including Pearson - including the Parole Board.
This is hard for everyone.
It was cold blooded murder. He knew the difference between right and wrong. He
needs to be in prison.
A thoughtful commenter said "Dee Lund was one of the finest men I have ever
known". I did not know him, but I believe troopers like him are outstanding
people and many if not most are people of faith.With Dee Lund being
such a fine man (I do not doubt that for one second), I wonder how he would feel
about about his murderer being paroled after 25 years? I wonder if he might
believe that forgiveness could be the most healing influence for his family now
after all those years?I know this will be a hard decision for the
parole board. I trust they will carefully evaluate the prisoner's
sincerity and degree of change in his life since he was 18. I hope and pray
that they will consider what role forgiveness plays in their profound decision
and if he is deserving of that consideration at this point.
This is a tough one. I'm trying to imagine how I would feel if my son was
the killer...then flip flop it to how I would be if my son was killed. Having
had a son die at 18, and knowing the sadness that is still with my wife and I,
I don't believe that it would be the same if he was murdered. We know he
was at the beach, his favorite place. That's different than being
murdered. So many times we have talked to each other about the fact that we are
so grateful that if he had to die that day, that it was at his favorite place at
Goat Rock, near Bodega Bay. The conversation would be so very different if he
had been murdered. I cannot imagine my son as a killer, so can't tell you
what I think is fair. Just grateful that he enjoyed himself till the very
last minute when his heart gave out while he was surfing. In closing, it is
difficult to judge anyone, but this was different than a kid doing something
"in the moment", this was done with intent to kill, even involving his
friend, then when the shooting was supposedly over, he turned his body in the
car to get a better position to kill the officer.
"I know Jason. I know his character.
And I've seen the last 25
years of his life being dedicated to show to other people that he is a different
person than the person who committed that crime," the man said
is the time that is appropriate for Jason to be out? Is it the 25 years that
he's done? Is it 35? If it is 35, what's going to change in 10
years?" he said."I wish I could talk to this person; he
doesn't understand the purpose of prison. It's not to rehabilitate
people. The purpose of our criminal justice system is quite simple. It's
revealed in the name. It's about JUSTICE. We don't have a criminal
'rehabilitation and recovery' system. We have a criminal JUSTICE
system. So the real question is whether or not 25 years in prison is a just
punishment for murdering someone. Also, there is something
fundamentally wrong with someone who reacts so fearfully to a rather small
incident that he is willing to run, steal and kill. This is not normal for
adolescents (or anyone for that matter). So what leads him to believe that
whatever was wrong with his brain wiring has now been fixed?
I believe in giving everyone, including one who has killed a law officer,
another chance, especially when the crime was committed in the teenage years.
People change; that's what prisons are for. I hope he can be a success
story in the years to come.
I also knew Dee, I forgive his murderer for his thoughtless act of shooting Dee.
That said, I think the murderer needs to pay the penality for his crime. He can
stay in prison for another 50 years and maybe the Lord will forgive him!
He still has it wrong after all these years, he wasn't a coward that day,
he was a killer. I fail to see any need to release those who murder innocent
people in cold blood.
I believe anyone convicted of any degree of murder should serve a life sentence
at hard labor without ever receiving parole.
Dee Lund was one of the finest men I have ever known.
The trooper and his family are living a life sentence. . They don't get a
hearing for reprieve. It's something to consider.