You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make 'em drink. And apparently you can sentence parents to nearly 30 years in prison, but you can't make them feel responsible for allowing the little girl he adopted from Ethiopia to freeze to death. Larry and Carri Williams of Washington State have both been sentenced to around 30 years in prison -- Larry a little less than his wife -- for the death of 13-year-old daughter Hana Williams.
The Williamses were convicted last month for repeated abuse of Hana and an adopted brother, Immanuel, reportedly based on the teachings of "Christian" parenting book To Train Up a Child. Both children were whipped, starved, and neglected, to the point that authorities had a hard time putting an exact age on Hana when she was found face-down in the family's backyard in 2011, dead of hypothermia.
So what does Larry Williams have to say about his conviction?
Don't blame him! He was at work when wife Carri used the teachings in the parenting book to abuse their kids! Really. That's what David was crying after his conviction, telling the judge to go after Carri and not him.
Folks, it doesn't get much more delusional. Usually a manslaughter conviction is a wake-up call!
His kids were starved and beaten. One of them died.
And we're supposed to believe that none of it happened on his watch ... so he's off the hook, even though he didn't intervene to save his daughter's LIFE!?
Not on your life, buddy. Now, the good news here is that it didn't work. Carri Williams was sentenced Tuesday to just under 37 years, the top of the standard sentencing range, but Larry got 28 years for his part.
But Carri's already appealing, and Larry's lawyers have been pushing for a new trial. Would it kill these people to show a little bit of remorse? Their daughter is dead, and all they care about is getting out of prison?
I'm not sure there really is any way to change our justice system to make people repent for their crimes. We wouldn't have nearly as many criminals in jail if people had a moral compass to begin with. But I do wonder if there shouldn't be some extra way to turn the screws on people like the Williamses, people who do the worst things and still seem to think they deserve the benefit of the doubt.
What do you think should be done with the Williamses? Are these sentences enough?