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Prison not right punishment

September 23, 2012
The Leader Herald

I am writing regarding Justin M. VanNostrand, 20, who was recently sentenced to 2 1/3 to seven years in state prison in Fulton?County Court.

I just want to state my opinion. That young man was driving at a high rate of speed, yes, but all involved could have said "No." Did they?

I am very sorry for all involved, but this was young people doing stupid stuff. The way I see it, prison is not the answer. How about help for the young man who has lost his best friend, who he called his brother?

This young man has never had any issues with the law, drugs, or drinking. I do believe that something different could have been done - maybe he could have gone to schools to talk about what happened - instead of being sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison.

I have a right to my opinion, and I believe that prison is not the correct answer to this.

More than the three people who were in the accident know what went on and what they were doing that night. I think all those involved should be charged with something instead of making an example of just one boy. Whoever else was there racing that night also should be punished.

I am not against either family. I am sorry for all those involved.


Darien, Ga.



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