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It Almost Sounds Logical

Alejo Santana, 49, was facing 18-1/2 years in prison for armed robbery in La Crosse, Wisc. But Santana didn’t want 18-1/2 years in prison. “I want 25 years,” he said when he approached the prosecuting attorney at his court hearing, where he pleaded guilty. “OK,” La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke said, unnerved by Santana’s close personal approach. “Twenty-five years,” Santana repeated. “Twenty-five years in prison.” The judge refused the request since Santana was “agitated,” and had previously spent 10 years in a state mental hospital for schizophrenia. But Santana refused to consider an insanity defense: he told the judge he’d rather be in jail because he’d have better access to drugs there. (JW/La Crosse Tribune) ...Which ought to make everyone in Wisconsin feel just dandy.
Original Publication Date: 24 April 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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