Bottom Line

Convicted repeat-offending drug dealer Kenneth R. Gaines’ attorney told an Augusta judge Monday that “though his client was going about it the wrong way,” he was only trying to support his 10 children.

“Going about it the wrong way”? Nice try. When you absent-mindedly butter the bottom of the bread or put your house key in your car’s ignition, that’s “going about it the wrong way.” Committing serious crimes against society is a bit more than just going about something the wrong way.

Besides, what is that, anyway — the “what’s a poor father to do” defense? Is that supposed to generate sympathy? Epic fail!

And who can have 10 kids these days? It’s near-impossible even if you have a good-paying job. It’s a good bet many law-abiding working stiffs would love to have more kids than they can afford. But they make the choice not to — figuring they should be responsible for feeding little mouths they bring into the world. Legally.

The 35-year-old four-time felon was sentenced to eight years Monday for his latest drug dealing. Not all that much time, for having gone about it the wrong way so badly and so often.

 

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