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What's Justice for Taking Someone's Face?

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Marilynn Marchione with the AP has this remarkable story of Connie Culp.  Connie is the recipient of the first face transplant in the United States.  She lost her face after her husband shot her in the face with a shotgun.  According to the AP story:

Culp's husband, Thomas, shot her in 2004, then turned the gun on himself. He went to prison for seven years. His wife was left clinging to life. The blast shattered her nose, cheeks, the roof of her mouth and an eye. Hundreds of fragments of shotgun pellet and bone splinters were embedded in her face. She needed a tube into her windpipe to breathe. Only her upper eyelids, forehead, lower lip and chin were left.

What constitutes justice for this sort of crime is sure to vary among different people.  And the story lacks many of the details about the adjudication in this case. Perhaps there were extenuating circumstances not told.  Maybe a plea-bargain was used. But somehow seven years doesn't seem quite right for this horrific crime.

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In California, that would be aggravated mayhem, Penal Code ยง 205, punishable by life with possibility of parole. Perhaps one of our regular readers familiar with Ohio criminal law can fill us in on the situation there.

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