Fairfield ex-con back in court – continuing years-long pattern

By From page A1 | August 09, 2014

police resist, 10/25/11

Fairfield police officers take suspect Darrell Dickerson out of a squad car for witness identification, Oct. 2011, on Harding Street just north of Kentucky Street. Police say he resisted arrest and injured an officer in the process. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

FAIRFIELD — An ex-con’s latest failed attempt to flee from Fairfield police ended with his arrest and another entry through his revolving door of the local criminal justice system.

Darrell L. Dickerson, 35, is very familiar to Fairfield cops. He has been arrested by several of them – again and again and again for more than 15 years.

Dickerson was scheduled to be in court Monday for a probable cause hearing for a felony burglary charge and resisting arrest. At a brief court appearance Friday, Dickerson agreed to postpone the hearing until Sept. 22.

Dickerson ‘s most recent arrest was two weekends ago – just days after yet another local judge punished him by putting him back on probation even though he committed new crimes and has a long and consistent history of ignoring his promise to not commit more crimes.

For Fairfield police, a Dickerson arrest always entails more than slapping on a pair of handcuffs, according to police reports and court records.

The afternoon of July 27 was no exception. Only a few weeks after Judge Allan P. Carter set him free after his sixth arrest in less than two years, Dickerson allegedly broke into a Crowley Lane residence, stealing someone else’s belongings. A witness spotted Dickerson two days later and called police, who spotted Dickerson. He took off running, leading police on a foot chase that ended two hours later when he was found hiding on a front porch on Pennsylvania Avenue and was arrested.

Dickerson pleaded not guilty Wednesday to burglary and resisting arrest charges and was ordered locked up with bail of $85,000 at least until his probable cause hearing.

Unlike some his past sprints from police, no officers were injured this time in apprehending Dickerson.

Four months, four arrests

In April, while out on bail for a pending criminal case involving six misdemeanor crimes that include three counts of fleeing from police, Dickerson was arrested again for allegedly trespassing and running from police. In spite of the arrest a few weeks earlier, Judge Alesia Jones let Dickerson post bail with his promises to obey the law and show up for his court appearances. Dickerson did not keep either promise.

After missing court, a bench warrant went out for Dickerson. Fairfield police spotted Dickerson a few weeks later. He ran, Fairfield police caught him and found a methamphetamine pipe.

After Dickerson spent less than three weeks in jail, prosecutors and Judge Carter agreed to combine all three cases and to place Dickerson on probation yet again if he promised to not commit anymore crimes. Three weeks later, Dickerson was arrested in connection with the burglary and for running from the cops.

Injure a cop, go to jail – for a respite

Dickerson started 2014 behind bars. He had been arrested for those six misdemeanor crimes a few days before Christmas 2013. A few days into the new year, he posted bail and promised to make all his court hearings. He broke that promise in three months and was arrested again after a failed effort to flee from Fairfield police.

The December 2013 arrest came just a few weeks after Dickerson got out of jail after spending roughly eight months behind bars for a crime that resulted in a Fairfield police officer suffering a leg injury in a chase with Dickerson. The injury led the veteran officer to being out on disability for more than a month, followed by several weeks of light duty.

The eight months in jail was the result of what began in 2011 as a potential prison sentence of six years. Dickerson sidestepped that in 2012 by taking a plea deal from prosecutors in which he was placed on probation, promising to obey all laws.

The first time Dickerson broke that promise in 2012 resulted in spending about two months in jail before a judge gave him yet another chance, which lasted less than six weeks. The judge’s second arrest warrant in December 2012 led to Dickerson’s arrest – an arrest that included another failed run from Fairfield cops.

13 times in 14 years

Since October 2011, Fairfield police have arrested Dickerson seven times. Each time he tried unsuccessfully to flee from police. Before that, he had tried six times, each of them unsuccessfully, to flee from police.

On the morning of Oct. 25, 2011, someone called 911 to report two men fighting near the corner of Kentucky and Second streets. One of the fighters may have had a baseball bat, the caller said. The caller also mentioned a gun.

Police got to the intersection and did not see a fight, but Officer Hank McCoy spotted Dickerson, who took off running and jumping fences of nearby homes. McCoy caught up to Dickerson, the two tussled when McCoy suddenly felt a pain in his leg before it went numb and he fell to the ground as Dickerson ran off, only to be captured a few minutes later.

McCoy was taken by ambulance to the hospital and spent the next month recuperating.

Prosecutors charged Dickerson with three felonies but ended up making a plea deal. Dickerson pleaded no contest to a charge of resisting an executive officer, which carries a one-year prison sentence. Judge Carter gave Dickerson the year behind bars, gave him credits for time served and placed him on three years of probation.

Within a few months, Dickerson back out on the street. Within weeks, he was arrested again after a failed effort to flee from Fairfield cops.

You can run . . . 

Dickerson, while on parole in 2009, tried unsuccessfully to flee from Fairfield police. He ran and hopped neighbors’ fences, but police had already surrounded the area. Dickerson was arrested after tumbling onto a neighbors’ cactus landscaping, being shot by an officer’s Taser gun and then being bitten by a police dog. Dickerson has previously been shot by police with Tasers and bitten by police dogs.

Dickerson was shot three times in 2007 with Tasers as several police officers arrested him at his wife’s apartment. He twice sued Fairfield police for $5 million over the arrest. Twice his lawsuits were tossed.

In 2004, Dickerson was at the center of an eight-hour police standoff that was settled by a Fairfield SWAT team.

Dickerson fled from Fairfield police in 2003 and ran into a home, which was then surrounded by police. Dickerson surrendered after a few hours, shortly after a police dog found him hiding in a closet.

In 2000, Dickerson, then 20, got into a three-hour standoff with Fairfield police that ended with police hosing him down with water and pepper spray.

He’ll be back in court Sept. 22.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • mdsAugust 08, 2014 - 11:11 pm

    Yeah but they're going to throw the book at him this time. This time he's going to get triple probation before he's released. And if he screws up again he'll get the super secret quadruple probation!

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  • So sick of this!August 09, 2014 - 12:22 am

    When is enough, enough? We continue to be plagued by a justice system in this county that slaps the wrist of repeat offenders, practically destroying the quality of life of honest, hard working residents. When are we, as a citizenry, finally going to stand up to our legal system here in Solano County and demand that these repeat offenders be held accountable for their actions. With no deterrent we are going to be continually victimized by these thugs!

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  • ArtimusAugust 09, 2014 - 12:56 am

    Liberal are so silent.

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  • Jose MadreAugust 09, 2014 - 2:07 am

    They're like a cancer where ever they go.....

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  • Rita GoldenAugust 09, 2014 - 2:23 am

    He'll have to kill someone before they keep him locked up. Well....maybe they'll keep him locked up. I call bull crap!

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  • gemmaAugust 09, 2014 - 8:35 am

    @Rita-not even then will they lock him up. A few years back there was a shooting at the Suisun Veterans hall, where a party was occurring. Someone was shot and killed. Someone was arrested,sat in jail for a long time, until his case was DROPPED because they couldn't come up with any witnesses, at a party where there were hundreds of people. His folks said he was released because no witnesses, no case. He was let loose, but is now in prison. It was said everyone, including police and courts know he was the killer, but they couldn't find a witness.

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  • Makes ya wonderAugust 09, 2014 - 3:51 am

    Why does this "article" seem more like a laundry list of personal complaints then it does professional journalism? It seems very opinionated... Aren't the reporters supposed to be unbiased and report the facts? I'm not saying that this guy isn't a habitual F up I'm just saying this article is poorly written...

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  • Mr. PracticalAugust 09, 2014 - 6:48 am

    Makes ya wonder, what personal complaints? I can't find anything that is opinion or comes close to editorializing. It's a well written article.

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  • truth'nAugust 09, 2014 - 10:54 am

    Very Well Written article Jess. Thank You for the details and stating the facts. Your article gives us information and allows the reader to come to their own opinion.

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  • A RamirezAugust 09, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    Not poorly written; written by a journalist who is tired as the rest of us at the revolving door of injustice in Fairfield. This needed to be reported, if only to embarrass the shoddy work of certain judges, and or plea deal proponents.

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  • rahAugust 09, 2014 - 4:36 am

    He will be back on the streets soon enough because the jails are full.

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  • Esteban KarfunkelsteinAugust 09, 2014 - 8:12 am

    The answer to, "Jails are full," is vigilantism needed now, either by a secret society or some off duty coppers, or a combination of both. The local police are doing their very best, arresting these scumbags, chasing them down, and putting them behind bars, however long they can, till some ID_OTIC M_RONIC judge and or DA lets them revolve out on another easy to post bail, or another probation, as this Perp has done. Vigilantes needed in this county NOW!!!!!, Take someone like Dickerson out into a field with a bullet to his head, and justice will be served!!!!!!!

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  • Bill of RightsAugust 09, 2014 - 4:53 am

    Liberalism starts with the voters. It is very clear where the breakdown is in the Criminal Justice system! The police continue to do their job, yet the DA's office and the courts seem to do as little as possible. Frustrating! People keep pointing to Jess Sullivan as the problem journalist with biased views. I say he is using the power of the media to identify severe problems in our system if justice.

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  • MikeAugust 09, 2014 - 7:00 am

    In this article I see the D/R giving the readers what they've been asking for, and that is to name the judges that are creating the revolving doors for these offenders. Keep up the good work.

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  • PornacAugust 09, 2014 - 6:56 am

    He'll get it right eventually. Practice, practice.

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  • Fed UpAugust 09, 2014 - 7:13 am

    I am shocked and pleased the Daily Republic actually printed an article that gets to the heart of why crime has increased and persists…liberal judges who do not punish people for crime and people who are allowed to continue committing crimes to support their drug habits. Add the failed Prop 36 drug treatment program and Gov. Brown’s prisoner realignment Act to the mix and we are allowed to be victimized over and over, while wasting money and resources to arrest these people over and over. The police officers who serve and protect us are also victims of a failed judicial system. This article is only one example of people like Dickerson are continually roaming our streets. Wake up voters!

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  • Mr. SmithAugust 09, 2014 - 7:29 am

    If this habitual, dangerous criminal gets out of jail before SERVING at least ten years, the judge who frees him should be removed from the bench. What a joke our criminal justice system has become! Thanks, DR. Please keep us informed of this case as it moves through the courts.

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  • What's this aboutAugust 09, 2014 - 7:37 am

    Good Job DR, call these judges out by name who continually make stupid decisions with these repeaters. This guy will kill a cop next and everyone will scream how could this happen.

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  • Esteban KarfunkelsteinAugust 09, 2014 - 9:18 am

    Yes, indeed DR, give us the Judge's name so come election time. And maybe they need to be brought up for judicial review!!!!!!

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  • Esteban KarfunkelsteinAugust 09, 2014 - 9:20 am

    Sorry, just noticed the Judge's name is listed in the article, Thank-you DR. Now it is up to us all to keep track and inform each other come election time!!!

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  • JagAugust 09, 2014 - 8:26 am

    Only in California, This never would of happen in Texas.

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  • gemmaAugust 09, 2014 - 8:31 am

    Now that was an honest article if I've ever read one. I loved the mention of the revolving door justice system in this area. This article left me wondering how Solano County still has police willing to work here.Can you imagine how the cop feels(mentally) that his leg was messed up, may always bother him and cause problems, and it was all for nothing? These cops do their jobs, risk their lives, bring the criminals in, show up to testify at trial, only to watch the judge pull out that huge stack of probation passes, so they can be handed out all day like hall passes to the restroom. I remember when word came down that if you wanted to commit a misdemeanor, do it in CoCo County, because they weren't prosecuting them. I wonder what the word is about Solano? Commit crimes in Solano because the worst you'll get is probation, and you can violate that til the cows come home, with no problems whatsoever. Awesome article Jess!

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  • LarryAugust 09, 2014 - 9:13 am

    Once again our local newspaper continue to print us half information. You printed Judge Allan P. Carter set him free after 6 arrest less than two years. My question to you, did Judge Carter violate any laws by releasing this man? What does the law say? Please don't print me any of your opinion, just what the law have to say? Remember some of us continue to be concern about our rights and our Constitution but failed to understand that criminals have the same rights.

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  • FredAugust 09, 2014 - 9:15 am

    I thought this was an excellent article by the DR. Shows for once that they can tell it like it is & actually investigate the background of these one of Fairfield’s fine citizens. Shows what the police have to deal with when it comes to some of these repeat offenders. I would love to see losers like this locked up for life. But the citizens of California better push to start building more prisons, be prepared to pay to ship & house more of these losers in out of state prisons, be prepared to pay more taxes to pay for all of this. Those prison guards aren’t cheap. Or you can take the simple way out like Artie (Artimus) and just blame the liberals. So Artie, what would be a conservative solution for this besides “one felon, one bullet”?….

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  • ArtimusAugust 09, 2014 - 11:46 pm

    Mr. Fred, my friend …I am so retired. However you are a Liberal.

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  • Dexter FowlerAugust 09, 2014 - 9:16 am

    Kudos Daily Republic name the judges that keep letting these lowlifes back out on the streets. How much do we pay these judges and they let a repeat criminal go back on the street with a promise to be a good boy?? Ridiculous. These judges need to be fired and lose all pensions etc. Maybe Fairfield can hire a consultant to help them figure this out.

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  • B. ThiemerAugust 09, 2014 - 9:23 am

    We the people pay these judges for their 'judgement'. There are several cases of poor judgement in this article alone. Thus, we the people should recall these judges.

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  • nonchalantAugust 09, 2014 - 9:42 am

    Wow what ever happened to them davis bros and y is one of the Parrish bros still walking around like he is innocent?all these mfs came from bay area and land in Fairfield to do stuff

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  • PatheticCommunitiesAugust 09, 2014 - 9:51 am

    What a LOSER!!!. This man is 35 yrs old and he has been a criminal for 15 yrs!!. LOSER!!. Maybe one day he will break into the wrong house and someone will shoot him and save the tax payers some money!. This man is one of many in this community that are between the ages of 30-40 who still act like they're 16!. The African American community has a serious problem with how their community chooses to be!. It's pathetic at this point!. You have a community with deadbeat fathers, wannabe gang bangers and then a bunch of women who are able bodied adults who can work but they choose to suck the system dry to pay for their hair, nails, clothes and fancy cars!. Then these women support these losers with the welfare money!!. It's disgusting!.

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  • Christine in FFAugust 09, 2014 - 10:06 am

    My sixteen year olds NEVER acted like this! Just sayin!

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  • Esteban KarfunkelsteinAugust 09, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    I'd like to see what Ms. Minnie Noble has to say about this MoFo. Probably would want to help get him his 40 acres and a mule.

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  • BSAugust 09, 2014 - 10:19 am

    Everyone keeps praising the police and dumping on the courts. Here is a lesson for all of you; Just because the police make an arrest, doesn't mean someone can be convicted. I know throwing the handcuffs on is fun, and toting the badge and gun are cool. But the cops must gather evidence, identify witnesses and preserve the evidence they collect. Just saying we know he did it isnt enough. Once the suspect is arrested the prosecutor reviews the report to see what charges can be filed. The elements of the crime must be met before the charges can be filed. The when it's time for a trial, if witnesses die, move, are incarcerated themselves serve no use to the prosecutor, therefore they try to negotiate the case and get the defendant on probation rather then just letting him walk away scott free. The judge then imposes the sentence that the defense and prosecutor agreed on. If a judge has to choose between probation and letting someone free, they will always agree to probation. This county loves to send people to prison, trust me. But the case has to be well presented to a jury or the only thing that happens is tax payer dollars are wasted and the defendant walks away unscathed. Remember, the judge and the prosecutor arent on the jury. It's you and I that are and most people follow the law and therefore taking a person to trial when the prosecution cant prove the case is just a waste of money.

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  • truth'nAugust 09, 2014 - 10:37 am

    You have that wrong. Judges can impose or not impose nearly as they wish. The police only arrest, they do not judge. And gee, stop pretending we need you to tell us if someone is guilty or not, or if being arrested means guilt. Back to the real issue ... the judges of solano county need to step up and deal with criminals in a way to protect the law abiding, as allowed by law. START WITH THE DA AND JUDGES.

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  • truth'nAugust 09, 2014 - 10:46 am

    go to solanocourts dot org, then select Court Connect. on that page do a search by name and you can pull up some of his/& others court cases. You will see the judges and some other names as well as some of the sentences. Interesting to do on these cases. Maybe it is time We The People go to court and show support for the law and law abiding.

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  • Hmm...August 09, 2014 - 10:39 am

    Great article Mr. Sullivan!!! We need to get these judges out!! They must be held accountable and understand us law abiding, and VOTING, citizens won't stand for this.

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  • Looking forward to the new D.A.August 09, 2014 - 10:54 am

    Hopefully, our new D.A. will concentrate on real crimes and criminals instead of wasting so much time trying and re-trying citizens with petty issues/mistakes or victims of over-reactive cops in order to make his/her "batting average" look better.

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  • Follow the $$$August 09, 2014 - 2:03 pm

    Would police, judges, bail bondsmen and lawyers have a job without crime and criminals? Do they REALLY want to solve the problem, or are they PART of the problem? The more times you let a guy out on bail, the more the bail agent makes the more charges that are brought the more the defense attorney bills the state for the indigent client. The answer to the problem is quite simple, just follow the money.

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  • DaAugust 09, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    Keep voting democrat Californians, your so much in fear (or politically blind) of the liberal politically correct machine you have been voting in useless liberals as law makers.You have caused this yourself and have nobody else to blame!!!.

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  • archieAugust 09, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    good read Jess,,,,,,

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  • crying time againAugust 09, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    Esteban Karfunkelstein, your schoolboy bravado is, ID_OTIC M_RONIC, Try it, I hope you are arrested or suffer great bodily injury doing your criminal dirty deeds.

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  • above was not me (StR)August 09, 2014 - 8:11 pm

    also ME is not me.......

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  • This is StR.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks__q6XoNeYAugust 09, 2014 - 8:23 pm

    Crying time Ray Charles.... From Arianna..... ? Is that You?..... I am really getting Brain damaged from not Breathing at night..... I am timing out.... next time I am too exhausted from not sleeping it will be lights out for me because I will go to sleep and not be able to reactivate the respiration.....Oh well

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  • Esteban KarfunkelsteinAugust 09, 2014 - 8:50 pm

    Keep living with all the unruliness if you want. There is more than one way to seek justice if the courts won't!!!!!

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  • The SugarJarAugust 09, 2014 - 10:33 pm

    Vigilantes, hmmm. I'm guessing that is the reasoning also of many who break the law. They are seeking justice of some sort or another (for themselves or their families). So they break the law. How do you decide when it is excusable, and when it ought to be punished?

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  • just my opinionAugust 11, 2014 - 2:15 am

    What ever happen to the 3 strikes your out rule... Either His Parents Knows Someone that has pull in the court system, or he's showing his smile and glamour to get away with letting him slide-out when he should have been sliding in jail/ prison. Cause I'll tell you if it was anyone else we all would be locked up for life if we did something like this. He is also making the cops look bad and all the judge's involved don't make it look any better. Lock this fool up and be done with it

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  • Jen dickersonAugust 11, 2014 - 7:41 pm

    You fail to see the big picture he has never actually committed a actual crime I'm confident he didn't steal anything for years we have never had money or anything else taken from us by Darrell . He needs a residential drug treatment program not more jail it is only making him worse not better... He has been through a lot on his life but he is not dangerous to anyone besides a cop who chases him down like a animal. He is a great dad and grand father.... And his lawsuits did not get thrown out we didn't pursue them plz get your facts straight.

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  • Mr. SmithAugust 11, 2014 - 8:23 pm

    So Mr. Dickerson "...never actually comitted a (sic) actual crime." Jen, your denial of reality here is disturbing, to say the least. And it is this enabling sense of perpetual victimhood by family and friends that keeps these habitual criminals on the streets for far longer than they should be. This attitude seems to prevail in a large portion of the citizenry of Fairfield and it is as much to blame for the sorry state of our city as the perps who continue to prey on innocent citizens on a daily basis. Our so-called justice system is equally to blame, however, and short of vigilantism, it is the key to slowing this ever-growing blight. Get rid of these judges and magistrates who seem to be stuck on stupid and know only one penalty--probation. Over and over again.

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  • vettAugust 13, 2014 - 6:00 pm

    my cuzzing Darrell is not a bad person he was not raised like this he has a lot going on in the family so maybe he feels no one cares about what he does so I will do wrong no it is not true we love him we just sometimes don't under stand him he don't need to be in jail he needs a program to clean him up.so talk all you want but you don't know a damn thing about him.

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  • JagAugust 13, 2014 - 6:22 pm

    Mr. Vett I have no doubt Cuz D is a good man and I agree jail my not be the best thing for him so I hope after he serves his time you, your family and your health insurance provider can find the best rehab center you can afford. as long as I a tax payer don't have to pay for it I wish him the best.

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  • BZAugust 12, 2014 - 11:29 pm

    He needs HELP. JAIL obviously is not helping him. He has been in and out over 100 times. This I know for a. FACT

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