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June 9, 2011

"Ohio man gets 13 years in abortion-gunpoint case"

The title of this post is the headline of this effective AP report on a high-profile state sentencing case.  Here are the details:

An Ohio man charged under a fetal homicide law has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for taking his pregnant girlfriend to an abortion clinic at gunpoint.

Prosecutors in Columbus argued that 28-year-old Dominic Holt-Reid lacked remorse. A judge sentenced Holt-Reid on Thursday to five years for attempted murder, five years for abduction and three years for a gun being involved....

The judge rejected arguments from a defense attorney that Holt-Reid was guilty of much less serious domestic violence charges, such as aggravated menacing and coercion, and should have received a lighter sentence.

Prosecutors brought their case using a 1996 law that says a person can be found guilty of murder for causing the unlawful termination of a pregnancy. The girlfriend has since delivered a healthy baby.

Dominic Holt-Reid, 28, pleaded guilty in April to attempted murder, weapons and abduction counts after police say he pulled a gun Oct. 6 on girlfriend Yolanda Burgess and forced her to drive to the clinic.

Burgess, who was who was three months pregnant and 26 years old at the time, did not go through with the procedure but instead passed a note to a clinic employee, who called police. She has since delivered a healthy baby....

The Ohio fetal homicide law and statues like it in other states have typically been used to win convictions in car crashes in which a pregnant woman died and in cases involving attacks on expectant mothers.  Legal experts have said they were unfamiliar with such a law being cited in a case similar to Holt-Reid's.  [The local DA] said he was comfortable using the fetal homicide statute against Holt-Reid, because Holt-Reid's intention was to end Burgess' pregnancy.

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The Ohio fetal homicide law and statues like it in other states have typically been used to win convictions in car crashes in which a pregnant woman died and in cases involving attacks on expectant mothers. Legal experts have said they were unfamiliar with such a law being cited in a case similar to Holt-Reid's. [The local DA] said he was comfortable using the fetal homicide statute against Holt-Reid, because Holt-Reid's intention was to end Burgess' pregnancy.

Posted by: wholesale jerseys | Jun 10, 2011 3:26:16 AM

Very terrible case. it is against the human rights.

Posted by: Proposal Software | Jun 10, 2011 8:43:05 AM

A total, incorrect application of the fetal-homicide statute, especially since there was no possibility that an abortion would have been performed under such conditions, and since it was in fact the Clinic that saved the day. The real danger to the baby was the perp's own gun, yet the prosecutor did not focus on that.

But, if the prosecutor and judge wanted anti-abortion PR, they certainly got it.

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He should suffer. What he did is brutal.

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