Taco Bell Employee Handcuffs Himself To Co-Worker To Try To Get Date . . Gets A Ten-Year Sentence Instead

131002F_t618_1_t240Jason 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

25 thoughts on “Taco Bell Employee Handcuffs Himself To Co-Worker To Try To Get Date . . Gets A Ten-Year Sentence Instead

  1. Compare with 3 homicide statutes in KY:
    Reckless Homicide…………………1-5 years;
    Manslaughter II………………………..5-10 years; and
    Manslaughter I……………………….. 10-20 years.

  2. DrSigne
    1, January 10, 2013 at 12:52 pm
    Ten years is overkill. Just because he “might” have done all sorts of nasty things that he did not do (perhaps because he didn’t get a chance or perhaps because he had no intention to do them) is hardly a reason to give him such a stiff sentence. I was under the impression our justice system is supposed to deal with existing crime, not assumptive “pre-crime.”
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    Taking someone hostage against their will, terrorizing them by putting them in handcuffs for a ‘date’….how is this not an existing crime? What do you need to see before you understand that that woman was terrorized, assaulted, and very lucky to be alive?
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    frankmascagniiii
    1, January 10, 2013 at 7:20 pm
    Compare with 3 homicide statutes in KY:
    Reckless Homicide…………………1-5 years;
    Manslaughter II………………………..5-10 years; and
    Manslaughter I……………………….. 10-20 years.
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    Mr. Mascagni, is the difference not intention? This was not unintentional…you’ve got to grab and hold someone down to force handcuffs on them….

  3. he lives in north georgia. don’t they have meth or oxycontin or something else he could be doing?

    maybe if georgia had medical marijuana the taco bell would be to busy for him to be handcuffing his fellow workers.

  4. Should’a murdered her when she rebuffed him. Would’a got only 3 years for that.

    This guy has the intelligence (sense) of a fruitcake.

    Anyone without a badge (and on official duty) decides to restrain me better have his life insurance paid up or a loaded gun in his hand.

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