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Why should this man be prosecuted for doing the right thing?

Updated on August 25, 2011

Terry P. Fairbanks is walking down the road picking up tin cans to turn in for some extra money. He is presently employed for a T-Shirt company. He finds laying in the weeds A 22 Cal. Handgun. Mr. Fairbanks having been convicted in 2006 of Burglary which is a Felony. He served 2 years of a 3 year sentence and was released in 2008. After thinking about what to do he decides to turn it into the Police. The police decide to charge him with receiving stolen property and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon after he turned in the weapon. See story at

What i don't understand is. here is a person who made mistakes in the past and did his time for them. Now he is attempting to do what is right and is being prosecuted for doing the right thing. What does this show people who have been convicted of doing a crime. I am still outraged by this. The money this man is going to have to come up with to defend himself obviously if he works at a T-Shirt place he is not making a whole lot of money. he was trying to make a few bucks picking up Aluminum cans along a road. So tell me why if you were a convicted Felon would do the right thing. He could of ignored it and left some kid maybe find it and go shoot somebody by mistake. Is the State that hard up to spend our tax payer money in Prosecuting this man. Much less having been out of prison for 3 years and having to put his family back thru this type of mental anguish. Then they offer him a plea bargain of 11 1/2 to 23 months. What type of message does this give people who have in there past been convicted of something and are trying to be good citizens?


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      Bill 2 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Besarien just the fact that he found it on the side of the road was upsetting. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      Argh! Injustice from the justice system drives me batty. This poor guy can't catch a break. If he leaves the next gun some kid might find it instead.

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      Bill 3 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Illanna thanks for stopping by. I never did find out the end result of this case. The prisons are all over populated thanks for the comments

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      Iyanna McKennon 3 years ago from Indianapolis, IN

      Great article. I hadn't even heard this story before. It is sad that people do continue to be persecuted for mistakes made in the past, when they've paid their dues to society. This man clearly felt he was probably taking in a gun possibly used in a murder or another sort of crime, or felt that by taking it in, he might be preventing one. All in all, I think the police do the best job they can with little resources. However, in this case, their decision was a wrong decision. More importantly, why they decided to rearrest this man in an already over-capacitated prison system, is beyond me.

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      Robert A. Joseph 4 years ago

      Turn on the light and ignorance disappears; selective prosecution, a part of operational police and government protocol ad infinitum has been illuminated, in micro fashion. Good eye, Bill.

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      Bill 5 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Lambservent Thanks for stopping and commenting. I agree he shouild be held then deported and flaged that if he should come back into this country. Also he should have to pay some sory of restitution. But that will probally will not happen. This person should of juast reported this anonymously. He probably would of stayed out of trouble.

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      Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      What a shame. I was thinking as I was reading that it's too bad he didn't think to just call the police and report it from home, maybe even anonymously. However, the way things go, it probably wouldn't have made a difference. I am sorry for his misfortune.

      Today I read an article about a woman whose son was killed by a drunk driver a year ago. The drunk driver was an illegal immigrant. However, the woman whose son was killed, had to pay to have the street cleaned up of her son's blood, as well as to get his car towed, storage so it would be available if the case went to trial, plus some other costs. She got some assistance, but she is still having to come up with quite a bit of money. The illegal drunk driver finally pleaded guilty this month, a year later, and I doubt the poor mother will receive a dime in compensation. Why they don't deport the driver I don't know. In all other countries, if you break the law and you are a foreigner, you go to prison, and/or deported.

      There are too many injustices in the world.

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      Bill 5 years ago from western pennsylvania

      most time they are right and sometimes they are wrong. The biggest problem is when they are wrong.

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      slcockerham 5 years ago from Tallahassee, Florida

      Hey handymanbill, I hadn't been here to check out your hubs before today. I know how you feel, there are many examples of cops and prosecuters doing the wrong thing. But as a rule I respect them and thank God for them. As they are there to punish the evildoers. Sometimes we only hear of their mistakes, yet it's good when we do, to hold them accountable. Good story.

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      knows 5 years ago

      It would be different if he was doing the right thing. He was just so afraid of getting caught he decided to do the right thing. He will never change he's always been a thief and has a rap sheet a mile long to prove it. He robbed his own family and stole peoples meds that were dying from cancer. He endangered the welfare of his daughter and still continues to do so by driving around with her whle drinking. Hes had two jobs since beeing out of prison and was fired from both. for what? stealing!

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      Bill 5 years ago from western pennsylvania

      But he turned the gun in. No I don't know him personally. I do believe that a person did time they deserve to be treated fairly. Which often is not the case.

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      Knows 5 years ago

      You dont know him, everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie! He did his time yes, but got out and immediately started doing all the same things again. The police know his patterns well. I've known him all my life and he is not a good person. He's a thief and is back to his bull!

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      Bill 6 years ago from western pennsylvania

      That is the problem that i do not understand why this man is having problems here. He did the right thing by turning the gun over to the police. I do believe that punishment should happen when someone does something wrong. He should be left alone.

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      daskittlez69 6 years ago from midwest

      That proves that there is an issue with the legal system. You have people that you know killed others but they let them walk. Then you have a guy like this that did time but tried to straighten up his life and they want to send him back. It is a shame that society has become like this. Great hub, here is an up and a interesting!