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To the editor:
I have been in an interracial relationship for 21
years, but perhaps I still don't know nearly enough about racism in
DECATUR -- Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, a Macon County jury returned
guilty verdicts of child endangerment against Amanda Hamm in the
deaths of her three young children more than three years ago.
Her former boyfriend Maurice LaGrone Jr., 31, was convicted of
three counts of first-degree murder in April in the deaths. The jury
spared him the death penalty and sentenced him to life without the
possibility of parole.
Hamm was initially charged with three counts of first-degree
murder of her children before the trial began, but DeWitt County
Judge Stephen Peters granted a request from Hamm's attorney Steve
Skelton to allow the jury to consider the lesser offense of child
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Hamm received a 10-year sentence, and she will receive credit for
the three years she has been in jail awaiting trial, leaving less
than two years left to serve. Her lawyer says she could be free in
Christopher Hamm, 6, Austin Brown, 3, and Kyleigh Hamm, 23 months
-- three innocent children drowned. African-American male -- life
sentence without parole; Caucasian woman -- 10 years, free in five.
Neither of them was innocent, so why the difference in sentences?
I will likely receive heated responses, but tell me race was not
No one wants to talk about it, and no one will admit to it.
(Posted Feb. 10, 2007)
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