- Politics and Social Issues
Why should this man be prosecuted for doing the right thing?
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?