Monday, September 24, 2007

Scott Dunn Appeals Arson Sentence

Dunn, who killed his wife, Brandi Montgomery, is seeking to reduce his prison time by up to 13 years.

From The Herald (Sharon, PA):
After the sentencing, Misko filed a motion asking Dobson to reconsider the sentence of 10 to 20 years on one count of arson. The charge is for endangering firefighters and Misko said the judge went outside the standard range for sentencing.

Dobson denied the motion, so Misko has appealed to the higher court. Misko said the guidelines call for a minimum sentence of 6 to 7 years on the charge.

While it takes a lot of chutzpa to seek the reduction after he pleaded guilty, Dunn and his attorney, Stephen Misko, are using his plea as the reason for the reduction. Prepare to be outraged:
At the sentencing, Dobson mentioned that because of the fire, Mrs. Dunn’s family could not see her body at the funeral and that all their memorabilia were destroyed.

Misko said he didn’t think the judge took into consideration that by pleading guilty, Dunn saved the family from going through a trial and that he expressed remorse.

What?? In other words, hey - he said he was sorry, so don't give him strict punishment! Besides, he saved them from going through a trial!

Hey, bonehead - they wouldn't have to go through a trial if you didn't kill their daughter! They'd still be able to see her every day and enjoy each birthday, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Instead, the Montgomery family got a closed casket. Dunn got to avoid the death penalty AND life in prison. Now he's trying to make it a much shorter stay.

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