JUSTICE SLIPS BELOW THE SURFACE

BY CHARLES ADLER, QMI AGENCY
THURSDAY, JUNE 07, 2012

Allyson McConnell was sentenced this week to six years in prison for the death of her two sons.

She ended the lives of 10-month-old Jayden and two-year-old Connor, drowning them in the bathtub two years ago.

Two toddlers are dead, never having a chance at life. But instead of murder, all Allyson McConnell got was a manslaughter tap on the wrist.

She’ll only get 15 months in the slammer because she was given double credit for her time spent in a mental hospital. She’ll be eligible for early release in just 10 months.

Not much of a punishment here.

Just unaccountable, unelected judges working in a system that all too often is soft on crime.
Connor and Jayden, if alive today, would not be old enough to understand why a person who killed a pair of helpless toddlers could be a free person within a year. Those little babies would not get it.

Here’s the problem. I am not a baby. You’re not a baby. But none of us understand why the killer deserves to be walking free in less than one year from right now.

But what we do understand all too well is that the justice system is a place where all too often the perpetrators of unspeakable crimes are cast as victims, and sentences are scaled down in the name of “compassion.”

Well, two little babies were killed. Where is the compassion for them, for the lives they will never lead?

Two babies were drowned by a person who happened to be their mother. To those babies, it made no difference whether it was mom drowning them or a stranger that just broke in. Killing is killing unless you’re participating in that travesty of a flea market justice system we have.

Allyson McConnell was a 30-year-old mom who was suicidal and tried and failed to kill herself more than once.

But while she was unsuccessful at terminating her own life, she was all too successful at killing her young.

How does the judge respond? With compassion — not for the babies, but for the killer. Much as I want to use the other “M” word, she is not considered a murderer by the court.

Because the charge was reduced from second-degree murder to manslaughter, meaning it was decided before sentencing that the killer didn’t mean to do it, didn’t mean to kill her children.

It was said she didn’t even remember doing it.

She may not remember that she committed the barbaric acts, or how, but we will never forget how we feel right now, dealing with the reality that, in this country, even child killers can get away with murder, as long as they have psychiatrists and prosecutors and judges willing to negotiate freedom for crime.

You commit the crime and you provide us with the right story, and we’ll provide you with something those two little boys Jayden and Connor will never have — the opportunity to breathe free air.

This week in a courthouse in Wetaskiwin, Alta., justice was drowned.