Jason Earl Dean was a man who believed that he had found his soulmate at work at Taco Bell in Ringgold, Georgia. However, instead to turning to eHarmony or ChristianMingle.com, Dean, 25, turned to a pair of handcuffs and a unpromising plea for companionship. He was convinced to let the 18-year-old woman go and then “made a run for the border.” He was arrested two days later by Dalton State College campus police. He was sentenced this week to ten years with four years of actual prison time for false imprisonment.
Dean had been trying to get the woman to date him when he decided to try this less-than-conventional approach. It was clearly false imprisonment and could be charged with criminally or civilly in tort. However, I was surprised by the sentence. I am not belittling the crime. However, he released the woman shortly afterward and there is no report of any injury. His motivation was clear. I have no problem with bringing a criminal charge but is a ten year sentence warranted?
What do you think?
Source: TimesFree Press