A father brutally murdered his 7-year-old son but will not spend one day in prison. Jeremiah Wright was found not guilty by reason of insanity of beheading his young son, who suffered from cerebral palsy, and leaving his head in the front yard in Louisiana where his mother could find it. People throw around the term "mentally ill" now so frequently that sometimes you forget that there are people who are so truly mentally gone that they have no clue what planet they are living on. This was apparently the case with Wright, said the judge, who sentenced him to a mental hospital.
Poor little Jori Lirette sounds like he didn't have much chance in this life. He was born with a condition that required round-the-clock care to parents who were apparently unequipped to deal with him. Especially Wright, who had been clinically insane for most of his life.
At some point Wright began to believe that little Jori was a "CPR dummy" and not a real child. He reportedly let it be known that he didn't want to care for a dummy, and Jori's mother, Jesslyn Lirette, had reported Wright's threats about Jori to the police. She had even obtained a restraining order against him -- the second one since Jori had been born.
The night before Jori was killed, Wright reportedly argued with Jesslyn about him staying in the house. The next day, he took Jori, reportedly held him over the kitchen sink, and brutally murdered him with a meat cleaver. He then spread his body parts around outside.
Wright reportedly believed that Jori was a "social experiment" and told psychiatrists: "I don't believe they can do anything to me because it wasn't a real person. His skull was made of plastic. He had foam in him."
The judge who sentenced him apologized to Jori's family but said no other decision could have been made given Wright's long medical history.
I'd just like to take a moment and think of this poor little boy. If you ever think your life is tough, think of little Jori. He didn't stand a chance.
I also sincerely hope that Wright is never let out of the mental hospital where he will be held. The judge has seen all of the evidence and I have to assume he did what is right. But I find it mighty convenient he kills his son the day after he argues with the boy's mother.
Do you think this was the right sentence?
Image via Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office