Good Morning Toughtalkerz……I have a question for the District Attorney’s office of Washington DC and maybe even Judge William Jackson as well…are all cases worthy of a plea agreement? I’m asking that question because Judge Jackson accepted a plea and sentenced Steven Cephas on last Friday and I believe an injustice occurred.  Mr. Steven Cephas pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and received 15 years in prison.  With that amount of time issued for such a charge you would believe justice was served and we can move on to the next case right??  WRONG!  Allow me to explain the crime that Mr. Cephas was arrested for and allowed to plead guilty to…then you can decide for yourself…should this man have been offered a plea or prosecuted to the full extent of the law?  On November 8, 2010, Mr. Cephas was home playing video games when his then girlfriend’s toddler son Dominic Kingsbury Jr. awoke and began to disturb Mr. Cephas.  He became angry and severely beat Dominic.  He hit him in the head and threw him against a wall.  Dominic was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.  An autopsy of the toddler revealed that the boy had suffered blunt force injuries, hemorrhages, lacerations of the intestine and liver, and a spinal cord contusions.  So again I ask…is this a case worthy of  prosecution?  Or was a plea acceptable in such a case?  I know there are always circumstances that may occur when you’re trying a case, and any verdict that would remove a person that would carry out such a heinous act on a child from society is always a positive…but with this one I believe that the chance at trying this case should have been taken.  Mr. Cephas received a 15 year sentence and with a pending probation violation on a previous charge he will have 22 years of total jail confinement.  In my opinion, that’s not enough!!  He should have been tried and convicted of murder…never to experience freedom again.  I believe Dominic would have wanted it that way also!!!!

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