What I’d like to say about Eric Bard, 25, of Sidney (“50 years in prison,” July 25) the newspaper couldn’t print.

I think Justice Donald Marden’s sentence of 50 years followed by a lifetime of supervised release — “if Bard lives long enough to get out” — certainly is better than the defense’s recommendation of imprisonment to be limited to seven years followed by 30 years of supervised release. Such a light sentence would have been an insult to the victim and her family, whose lives have been ruined forever.

This is such a heinous, disgusting crime I believe Bard should have been sentenced to life in prison without parole, so he would never be allowed out and about again.

There’s no excuse, rehabilitation or forgiveness for what Bard has done.

Wellman Cromwell


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