Guest Writer: Rocky – Tough Break
Rocky has a year left to serve at Safford, Arizona. He was sentenced for two separate cases: burglary and aggravated assault.
I was in Yavapai County jail in 2005, waiting for sentencing. There was a guy there just arrested for D.U.I. hit and run. One of the victims was a young boy, 10 years old, paralysed from the neck down from the accident.
The guy was looking at 25 to life as a sentence. He was on the second tier in my pod. I sat and watched him tie sheets together, and wondered what the hell he was up to. Just then, he walked out of his cell and tied one end of the sheet around his neck, and the other to the top rail of the upper tier.
The guy did a swan dive off the top tier. The length of the sheet was right to hang himself, but he didn’t take into consideration the 2 ½ foot high picnic table below. He hit the table with his knees. The sheet tied around his neck so hard it sounded like a shotgun blast.
The irony of the whole thing is the impact broke his spine. Now he is a quadriplegic. Is that justice or what?
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