(Sidebar)For the past few months, APD Sergeant Paul Heh (yes that sergeant) has been gathering signatures on a petition requesting that Richard's sentence be reduced. He's scheduled a news conference for Thursday morning where he plans to present the signature to Wade Harless - Richard's father-in-law. Mr. Harless wrote us a letter shortly after our first post giving us more information about the events leading up to the shooting and the behind the scenes reasons behind the plea bargain (read it here).
A note to anyone with felonious aspirations, DO NOT EVER attempt to rob a determined Marine. These guys voluntarily entered a branch of the military that prides itself on being the first into a hostile military situation. Your guns, knives, and gang BS aren't a match for a Marine's training, determination, and honor.
Our Eyes tell us that Sergeant Heh's news conference will be held at the St. Java Coffee Shop, 801 4th Street, NW at 8:00 am. We also understand that he and Wade Harless will make a radio "appearance" on the Jim Villanucci Show Friday afternoon.
We think that the decision not to take this thing to trial was a bad one in the first place. But according to Mr. Harless, Richard's no contest plea was in exchange for a promise that he wouldn't spend time away from his wife and child. We understand the motivation and the desire to be with his family but trusting the criminal justice system (and the DA) to administer justice is naive at best. The system is designed to pick the low hanging fruit not reward those with integrity and honor for their sacrifice.
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The original post indicated that Wade Harless and APD Sergeant Paul Heh would be on the 770 KKOB's Jim Villanucci Show Thursday afternoon. That information was incorrect. We have confirmed that the two of them will appear (yes we know it's radio) Friday afternoon at 4pm. The timing may make the show even more interesting as Mr. Harless will no doubt have information about the Friday morning hearing.