St. Louis, Missouri – A regretful man whose 4-year-old son died after drinking the father’s methadone has been sentenced to a lot of prison time. Many people are questioning if his sentence is fair.
On Friday, Laron E. Crawford, 37, was sentenced to 15 years in prison by Judge Ellen Levy Siwak.
Crawford plead guilty to charges of first-degree involuntary manslaughter and two counts of child endangerment.
Prosecutors say Jaron Crawford found his father’s methadone bottle in the refrigerator in January of last year and fatally drank it.
Methadone is an opioid medication used to reduce withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin. Investigators say Crawford told them he was a heroin addict.
Crawford entered a blind plea on Feb. 21 in St. Louis County Circuit Court. In the blind plea, Crawford had no deal on sentencing with prosecutors and agreed to leave the sentence up to Judge Siwak.
A few days after Jaron’s death, Crawford posted a message on his Facebook page that said, in part: “I love u son u will be in my heart forever. Just gone to soon. … I’ll never be the same.”
While I’m not well versed in legal jargon, a blind plea deal doesn’t seem that smart… No doubt that Crawford was represented by a public “pretender,” who appears to have given him terrible advice.
Personally, I don’t have much sympathy for drug addicts. We all know drugs are bad for us. If you try them and get hooked, you really have no exsuses and no one to blame but yourself. However, in my opinion, his sentence is unfair. The amount of time he got was overboard. Despite the man being a drug addict, it was an accident. It wasn’t a needle on the floor. It was a bottle of medicine in the fridge.
It also concerns me as to why the bottle wasn’t child proof in the first place??
In this case, we must also understand that the defendant is a Black man. So I’m forced to think the judge didn’t look at him as a human being because of it. Chances are if his skin were a few shades lighter with less melanin, he would be sentenced to a year or two in prison, plus probation. If you don’t agree, just look at Casey Anthony…