Hit-run sen­tence way too light

The Fresno Bee - - Opinion -

How much is a life worth? Ap­par­ently you can hit and run, turn your car around, leave the per­son to die, re­pair and paint your car, seek help to avoid get­ting caught from your girl­friend who was with you dur­ing this heinous crime and so call friends and only be given three years.

A man who was a son, brother, hus­band and fa­ther who had his whole life ahead of him had it cut short be­cause an 18 year old child wasn’t man enough to help Gavin Gladding out af­ter hit­ting him. I’m ap­palled, hurt and can­not be­lieve our le­gal sys­tem, which I re­spect, only gave three years for this mur­der.

Fam­i­lies, friends and Gavin’s com­mu­nity are de­stroyed due to the big­gest de­ci­sion this kid and his girl­friend could have made to pos­si­bly change the out­come. And they chose not to do the right thing. I rest my case.

– Christie A. Cooper,

Squaw Val­ley

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