Thursday, September 29, 2011

Jonathan Wade Cossey: Was Family Really Happy with Deal?

Jonathan Wade Cossey killed two individuals during a drug-fueled robbery attempt. He then attempted suicide. Now Cossey has accepted a plea deal in which he will be sentenced to Life with Possibility of Parole (Felony Murder). Lauderdale County prosecutors say the families of the two victims are happy. Really?

This comment was posted by a family member on September 28th:

I know he will spend the rest of his life in prison, we have lots of family and friends to object to him getting parole. We all know that justice will come to John Cossey our Beloved Lord will give him the justice us mere humans can not. John has never show any remorse for what he has done. I hope he rots in hell.

We realize that no one can predict what a jury will do, but we can look at what Cossey did and didn't do. He didn't kill someone with whom he was having an argument or who had shoved him or who had somehow offended him. He murdered two people in cold blood while trying to obtain drugs and presumably money.

There's a great difference between justice and revenge, but we're not at all sure Cossey's sentence was justice. We're glad some family members will continue to protest Jonathan Wade Cossey's release. We will publish Cossey's AIS number and other data when available. Protests stay on record for the total incarceration. We may not be around in 30 or 40 years, but our protests can be.