August 28, 2006, - 2:52 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
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There’s nothing wrong with compassion. But compassion for convicted murderers is misplaced.
Take Carla Ringleka. In 1999, she and her extramarital lover paid two hitmen $450.00 to murder her husband of 31 years, Howard. They axed him to death. Carla Ringleka was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Now, she has terminal breast cancer (she was diagnosed in 2001), and her doctors say she likely will die within weeks. Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm wants the Michigan Parole Board to reconsider their recommendation against a medical commutation of Reingleka’s sentence and to grant an emergency hearing.
But Howard Ringleka didn’t get any kind of commutation of his brutal death sentence of being hacked to death by an axe. So why should his wife–who arranged his murder–get one? The purpose of sentences like hers–she got 20 years in prison–are to make people suffer for their crimes. Especially if they are murderers.
According to the Grand Rapids Press,
Howard Ringleka’s brother, Jerry, said he opposes the commutation and waiver of the 30-day waiting period. “She didn’t give my brother much of a chance,” he said, “so why should she get one? I’d let her rot in Hell.”
We agree. It may seem cold-hearted to say she should die in jail. But what she did to her husband was far more so. Do you agree?
****UPDATE: Convicted murderer Carol Ringleka died today. ****
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