More than one life wasted

Criminals took $58 in exchange for their priceless futures

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We don't know exactly what two consecutive life terms in prison could possibly mean. But we do wish the Georgia prison system would find a way for Lacy Barnard to serve both of the ones she got this week.

One each for the two innocent souls she helped set up.

The then-18-year-old diabolically took the two men to a remote location for a 2007 robbery in which they were shot -- one dead, one critically wounded -- for a total take of $58.

Her two accomplices, 32-year-old Antonio Jones and 55-year-old Ronald Banks, have already been dealt with, as it were: Jones was given a life-without-parole sentence after pleading guilty in 2009; Banks died in 2008 while awaiting trial.

Barnard, 22, was facing trial just weeks from now, and decided to plead guilty Wednesday.

Authorities say she was actually planning to target another man she knew, but on March 28, 2007, ran into Eladio Gonzales, 23, whom she knew, and Jose Mochica, 30. Gonzales died; Mochica has since returned to his native Mexico.

How tragic and unfortunate the two crossed paths with this woman.

Like the sociopaths Richard Hickock and Perry Smith -- who slayed the Clutter family in the murders made famous by author Truman Capote -- Barnard and her cohorts killed in cold blood, and for very little in earthly gain. With a good education and a little hard work in a profession that adds something of value to society, Barnard and her friends could well have made $58 in an hour or two of honest work.

Now, Jones faces the certainty of an entire life spent behind cold steel bars -- and Barnard should get something close to it with her two life terms.

She can't live out both of them, of course. But she'll have plenty of time to contemplate the first life she was given and threw away quite voluntarily -- while helping take another person's away involuntarily.

You'll rarely see a life more poorly lived.

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zippy
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zippy 04/23/11 - 05:54 am
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GA law requires her to serve

GA law requires her to serve 30 years on each life term before she becomes eligible for parole consideration. Because the two life terms are consecutive she must serve both terms meaning she will be incarcerated for 60 years before she will be considered for parole

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/23/11 - 07:52 am
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Throughout history

Throughout history psychopaths have surfaced among innocent people. No matter the mores of a society or the prevailing economic situation these individuals without guilt will strike every now and then. That's why we will always need prisons and the death penalty. It serves as a deterrent to these omnipresent troubled people, punishes them and keeps them out of society.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 04/23/11 - 08:44 am
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The only thing sadly lacking

The only thing sadly lacking from her sentence that would make it better, is if the relatives of her victims were allowed to gently beat her with a baseball bat for just a couple of minutes every few weeks for the rest of her life.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 04/23/11 - 11:29 am
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Ms. Barnard seems to be a bad

Ms. Barnard seems to be a bad product of her environment.

blueshetlanddog1
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blueshetlanddog1 04/23/11 - 11:43 am
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This is a sad,sad story of a

This is a sad,sad story of a wasted life. Hopefully someone will reach her so she can become a Christian by repenting of her sins,and accepting Christ as her Lord and Saviour.Jesus died for all our all sins including hers.Her changed life could possibly influence others in prison to turn their lives around. Then her life would not be wasted.
She needs prayers not hatred.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 04/23/11 - 04:24 pm
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If she was a "Laquita" from

If she was a "Laquita" from one of the housing projects, there would be a barrage of posts from CONSERVATIVES screaming for DEATH to SAVE the TAXPAYERS some MONEY.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 04/23/11 - 04:25 pm
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Examples of posts from

Examples of posts from conservatives aimed at the "Laquitas" and "Tyrones" of the world:

"The murderer should be on a quick path to the gas chamber, electric chair or firing squad...their choice."

"justice> death sentence"

"So, settles debt to society, gets rid of another useless lawbreaker, and save society tax money. Win-win-win."

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skyysmom 09/21/11 - 04:29 pm
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ok i knw lacy personally and

ok i knw lacy personally and she is a good person which does not excuse what she had done how many ofu knw what it is like to b on a drug binge and fiening for drug so bad that ur body hurts she never expected anyone to be hurt much less killed and to hear u all speak of one of my good friends this way is truly crushing. I knw that what she did was wrong but i feel like u all should knw exactly what happend b4 u pass judgement and she has gotten to knw God and bi the comments that u all left on here u should ask for forgiveness because the only one that has the authority to pass judgement on a person is God I will pray for u all

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