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A recent heroin bust here in Brunswick County is a perfect example of what is wrong with North Carolina’s justice system.
It’s not the work investigators did to uncover the drug operation; it’s the fact the perpetrator was on the streets to begin with.
Back in 1994 Christopher Mosby was convicted of second-degree murder. He was found guilty for assisting in the murder of Louis Lopez in Winston-Salem on Jan. 21, 1994.
At the time of the murder, according to court records, Mosby was involved with a drug operation. He was sentenced to life in prison for the role he played in Lopez’s death.
But after serving less than 17 years, Mosby was released from prison.
Mosby is one of far too many North Carolina criminals who have never had to pay fully for the crimes for which they were convicted.
Why do these criminals get a get-out-early pass? It has nothing to do with the severity of their crimes or the lives they brutalized before they were behind bars. It has everything to do with timing.
Crimes committed before Oct. 1, 1994, fall under the Fair Sentencing Act. For all crimes committed after that date under the current Structured Sentencing Act, there is no parole. However, Mosby and others can walk free early because of a date on the calendar and “good behavior” while in prison.
Mosby was under parole supervision in New Jersey at the time of his arrest here last week. While under parole supervision, investigators say Mosby was caught with 2,000 bindles of heroin. They say those drugs were destined for distribution right here in our community.
This has been our fear all along—that criminals who have been let out of jail early would offend again. How many lives have been or could have been affected by these drugs?
Birdie Frink of Justice for Citizens is an advocate who wants the Fair Sentencing Act repealed. Frink’s daughter, Amy, was slain in 1994. She was only 18 years old. The men convicted in her death served only a portion of their prison sentences. They also got out early because of the Fair Sentencing Act.
Help Frink and other victims’ families. Help keep our communities safer by urging your elected officials to stop criminals from walking free early through the Fair Sentencing Act.
You can find contact information for your area legislators by going online to http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/representation/Who
RepresentsMe.html. Let them know you want justice and no parole for convicted killers and others who commit heinous crimes.