A mom of four in Oklahoma has been sentenced to ten years in prison after selling $31 of weed to police informants on two separate occasions. The woman and her mother both declined plea deals that would have resulted in two years in prison because it was their first offense and they thought they wouldn’t get much time for such a small amount of marijuana.
So much for that. The woman – Patricia Marilyn Spottedcrow – says she sold the weed to make some extra money. Now her four kids – who authorities say she was endangering because they were in the house when she sold an $11 dime bag – will be without their mother, all because she wanted to make some extra cash.
I’ll grant you that she doesn’t get any points for brains, but is 10 years a fitting punishment for selling $31 of weed? Does Oklahoma have the prison space and resources to waste on a 25 year-old woman with no history of violence?
How many dangerous criminals walk the streets, right now? Why are they on the street and Patricia is serving 10 years? There is no way I can be convinced that this entire ordeal is not a waste of taxpayer’s money. No one dangerous has been removed from the streets and four kids are without their mother.
No one wins in this story.