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8-Year-Old Died Saving His Sister:  The Sacramento County District Attorney has charged a habitual sex offender with murdering an 8-year-old boy and molesting his 7-year-old sister at knifepoint.  Darrell Smith of the Sacramento Bee reports that 23-year-old Deandre Chaney, Jr., had priors for rape, forced oral copulation, lewd acts with a dependant adult, felony battery with serious bodily injury, and assault with a deadly weapon when he pleaded no contest to failing to register as a sex offender last October.  At about 6:10 a.m. on September 1, Chaney sexually assaulted his former girlfriend's 7-year-old daughter at knifepoint in her bedroom.  Fox News reports that when the little girl's 8-year-old brother tried to save her, Chaney set upon him with a hammer, beating him so badly that he died six days later.  Chaney renewed his attack on the girl with the knife and hammer until her mother intervened.  The mother was beaten, tied up, and soaked with lighter fluid.  Cheney fled in her car and was eventually caught in Nevada.  Did California's AB109 "Public Safety Realignment" law leave this "low risk" offender on the streets for rehabilitation?  Does this crime merit a death sentence, or is life in prison watching television the appropriate sentence?      

Violent Crime Up Almost Everywhere:  A preliminary review of today's just-released FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2016 shows that last year violent crime rate per 100,000 people increased in 33 states, decreased in 14 states, and stayed about the same in 3 states and the District of Columbia.  This drove the national violent crime rate up by 3.2%.  The biggest increases were seen in Hawaii (24.8%), Arizona (14.6%), Illinois (12.6%), Wyoming (10.2%), Michigan (9.1%), and Virginia (9%).   States which have enacted major sentencing reforms such as Texas, California, and Washington saw increases.  California suffered increases in every category of violent crime.  Among states with large populations, Florida stood out with a 6.9% drop in violent crime.  Nationally, both the rates of homicide and rape were the highest seen in 8 years.

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