Target: Clark County Judge David Barker
Goal: Praise sentence of woman who attempted to burn down her pet store to collect insurance money.
Gloria Lee set fire to her pet store in Las Vegas, endangering the lives of 27 animals. Thankfully, the sprinkler system saved the lives of every pet in the store, and they have since been adopted. Lee was caught on surveillance cameras setting the store on fire and has since pleaded guilty to arson, insurance fraud, and attempted animal cruelty. The county judge sentenced her to 14 years in state prison with the possibility of parole after 5 years. Praise the decision of Judge David Barker to properly punish a woman who acted with blatant disregard for the many lives around her.
Lee’s actions were very much premeditated. She was not only committing insurance fraud, but also attempting to burn alive every pet in her care. Each charge on its own is worthy of a lengthy sentence in the eyes of any law-abiding citizen. As expected, animal right advocates quickly went to work expressing their disgust for this woman’s actions. They picketed nearly every one of her court appearances and it seems their efforts ultimately paid off.
Judge Barker did an excellent job understanding the severity of this case and the importance of properly punishing a woman who committed fraud and nearly murdered several animals. Praise Judge Barker’s decision to convict Lee and ensure her actions are met with proper punishment.
Dear Judge Barker,
The crimes committed by Gloria Lee at her Las Vegas pet store are deeply disturbing to animal lovers everywhere and demonstrate an immoral attempt to acquire a large sum of money. Lee’s conviction has left many feeling that justice was served and the case was handled extremely well. Thank you for the huge role you played in sentencing Gloria Lee and making sure justice was properly served.
Too often, criminals walk away with a minor punishment, hardly enough to prevent them from committing the same crimes in the future. Lee will spend at least five years in prison and will have plenty of time to think about her mistakes, all the while making our streets safer.
Of the crimes she committed, the animal cruelty charge is troubling enough on its own. Any individual willing to burn an animal alive does not have a place among the general public, unless that place is in prison, in an attempt to make amends for the damage caused. I congratulate you on your success in this case and in making society safer for everyone.
[Your Name Here]
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