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Sentencing continues Monday in quadruple murders


WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- A sentencing hearing will continue Monday for a man convicted of four murders in Columbus County.

A jury returned the guilty verdicts yesterday against Danny Thomas. Today testimony started in the sentencing phase.

Thomas killed four people during robberies in 2005 in Chadbourn.

Jurors will hear from more people impacted by the killings and their verdict Monday.

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What sentence Can there be

but death? However, lethal injection is too quick. With the number of murders in southeastern North Carolina, how about resurrecting a gallows? Let one or two drop through the chute and we likely would see a reduction in murders.

But, No, it has to come out. No doubt, someone will pull the big "R" card out as his defence; and instead he'll likely be granted a paid scholarship to some community collage followed by another couple of years in a 4 year college. Let's not forget the free eats, free cell phone, free housing, and so forth.

It's a real tragedy 4 individuals had to lose their lives; yet now the Court must hold hearings on the convicted murderers sentence.

Hang Him! High!

Tom, while I appreciate the historic significance...

...hanging is a barbaric, inhumane way to execute a person sentenced to death. It requires skill in it's preparation and unless careful computations are made based upon the person's weight and the distance of fall, can lead to a slow death by choking.

The Guillotine, on the other hand.....

Common, a couple of Points

the execution of the convicted murderer should accomplish a couple of things.

First, of course, it removes the vermin from this earth & prevents him from being a repeat offender; although in this case, he repeated a total of 4 times.

Second, it should act as a deterrent and lesson to all the other wannabe thugs and riff raff who think they are above the law. Let them watch a convicted murderer walk to the gallows; and let them watch him melt and sob as he mounts the steps.

Third, it can provide a form of community entertainment. Think back to a couple of scenes from Clint Eastwood's movie. It could be like a carnival. Tie it in with the Strawberry Festival or Blue Berry Festival.

And fourth, it would create a job. Every county would need a hangman. You could have a course of study at the local community college; pass a state exam; and voila, you become a Hangman.

At the end of the day, we've removed convicted murderers from society, permanently; we provide an object lesson; we provide live entertainment; and we create jobs which will stimulate the economy. That's more than the Federal stimulus money accomplished.

Heck, in Columbus County, the Hangman could be the highest paid public official.

On the other hand, the guillotine is too quick. Now, refer to Mel Gibson's Braveheart; maybe that's the way to go.