John Burgess sentenced to five years in prison

The Los Angeles Times reports that John Steven Burgess got a piddling five years for his role in the death of Donna Jou. If it was just the fact that he gave her drugs and she died, five years would be enough. Maybe more than enough. Donna knew what she was getting into. But the whole dumped-her-body-and-let-her-family-agonize-over-her-fate-for-almost-two-years thing ought to triple that sentence. Pity they can’t give him more time.

I love this part: “I couldn’t keep going on with it being on my conscience,” he said. “I wanted her family to know the truth.” Funny, then, that he didn’t ‘fess up until the cops confronted him with all the evidence and filed charges.

One thought on “John Burgess sentenced to five years in prison

  1. Aimee May 20, 2009 / 3:37 pm

    Conscience, your grandmother! All he was interested in was saving his own sorry self. Which in a way he has, only five years. I assume he’s been prison before, so this should be a piece of cake for him.
    Whereas if he’d brought her to the ER when she started having trouble, said “My friend has taken such-and-such, she took it about x amount of time ago, she needs some help” he probably wouldn’t gotten any five years, even if she hadn’t been able to be saved.
    Oh well, who looks to his kind for logic and common sense?

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