Being an upfront and honest is one quality you want in a judge. It shows you they have a conscious and will treat the case by the facts.
An Idaho judge did this and a little more.
While sentencing Logan John Urrizaga to 15 years in prison for charges of beating a victim with a baseball bat, Fifth District Judge Randy Stoker let the criminal know what would have happened if it had been his house he broke into.
The judge said the punk would be dead.
Urrizaga’s sentencing stemmed from September 2016 charges of beating a victim with a baseball bat. KSL reports the sentence will “run concurrent to a November burglary charge” and will be served in Idaho’s “retained jurisdiction program.”
Magic Valley reports that Urrizaga turned away while Judge Stoker was talking and began whispering to his attorney. At that point, Stoker told him to pay attention and said, “If you would have broken into my home in the middle of the night, you’d be dead. I would have shot you.”
After his sentence, Urrizaga asked for a few days before turning himself in so he could spend time with his fiancée and 5-year-old son. He also asked if he could hug them goodbye.
Both requests were denied. Stoker said, “I understand that you have some stability in the community, but I’m taking you out of the community. You are going into the rider program because you need to understand the inner workings of the Idaho State Penitentiary.”
Cassia County chief deputy prosecutor McCord Larsen said Urrizaga wrote a “wonderful” apology letter to the victim. It was later pointed out that Urrizaga followed that letter up with a belittling social media post about the victim.
Guess it wasn’t so wonderful after all.
This punk is lucky the judge only gave him prison time, not a bullet.