Which is Worse – Releasing Mink or Sexual Assault

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GoliathWhich would you say is a worse offense: Kidnapping a 17 year old girl and a 18 year old girl then grabbing them both and ripping the clothes off of the 17 year old or releasing more than 600 mink from a mink farm and vandalizing some farm buildings?

I know it may be difficult to decide, but the Utah justice system has made the decision for you.  It is far worse to release mink from a mink farm than to sexually assault a minor.

U.S. District Judge Dee Benson rejected a 6 month plea deal  saying the animal rights activist is a terrorist and should receive a terrorist term of no less than two years.

On its own that may seem fair.  William James Viehl and his friend released some mink and several of them died. They cost the business a lot of money and they should be punished.

Now let’s look at the sexual assault case…

Here is the story as reported by The Salt Lake Tribune:

According to a Lone Peak police affidavit, the alleged victims, females age 17 and 18, were riding in a vehicle with the men in the early hours of Oct. 7 when the men attempted to take off their clothing.

The 17-year-old girl was in the front center seat when Blickenstaff took off her pants, shirt and bra and put the clothes under his seat so she could not get them, according to police.

He and Holland, who was driving, then fondled the girl, police wrote. The girls allegedly were yelling at the men to stop the truck and let them go.

Meanwhile, in the back seat, Havili and Anderson attempted to remove the 18-year-old’s clothing, while all four men fondled her, police said.

But the 18-year-old said she fought them off, “kicking and screaming the entire time,” according to police. The men finally stopped, let the 18-year-old victim out and she ran, police wrote.

The 17-year-old also got out, but the men told her they would only return her clothes if she got back into the truck, according to police. She complied, and was later dropped off at American Fork Junior High School.

Now you would think Jace M. Blickenstaff would have been sentenced to at the very least a year in prison for the crime and placed on the sex offender registry, right?  Wrong!

Judge Claudia Laycock gave Blickenstaff credit for eight days in jail he had previously served. As part of a 24-month probation, he must pay a $958 fine and have no contact with the victims.

Can you believe that? Judge Claudia Laycock gave him credit for 8 days served and two years probation.  Of course it isn’t all her fault. The prosecutor agreed to drop other charges in exchange for a guilty plea of dealing in harmful materials to a minor.  As was pointed out in the previous case, a recommendation is just a recommendation and the judge can decide not to take the recommendation.

There you have it, if you are in Utah leave the animals alone, but the girls are okay to assault.  Worse case you get probation and a fine.


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