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Readers respond to sentences for drug, child molesting charges

A Middlebury man could face up to 68 years on child molestation charges, and an Elkhart man was sentenced to 93 years on charges including two counts of dealing cocaine. Readers compared the stories and shared their thoughts.

Posted on Aug. 16, 2014 at 8:46 a.m.

A 56-year-old Middlebury man could face up to 68 years in prison on charges related to the 2010 molestation of a 10-year-old family member. Gregory Rose was found guilty Tuesday, Aug. 12, on one count of child molestation, a class A felony, and another county of child molestation, a class C felony.

Two days later, an Elkhart man was sentenced to 93 years on charges related to dealing cocaine across the street from a church-run youth center. Jonathan McPherson was found guilty in June of two counts of dealing cocaine, a class A felony; being a serious violent felon in possession of a handgun, a class B felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony; and being a habitual criminal offender.

When we published this story on social media, several commenters compared the sentences and questioned whether the duration of time served for drug and child molesting charges are justified.

Do you think the sentencing for drug charges is excessive and why? Do you think those charged with child molesting should serve a shorter or longer sentence?


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