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Was Dustin Turner's punishment unfair?

By Scott Tibbs, August 13, 2013

There is a lot of chatter in Bloomington about the "unfair" punishment of native son Dustin Turner, who was sentenced to 82 years in prison for the murder of a young woman. His buddy, Billy Brown, was given 72 years in prison. Brown has since recanted his testimony during the trial, admitting that he alone murdered Jennifer Evans, and Turner tried to stop him.

So if the punishments were handed down "appropriately" then Turner would have gotten 72 years in prison.

Here is the important thing. Turner and Brown abducted Evans with the intention of raping her. (See Herald-Times articles from August 2010, May 2008, May 2008, May 2003, June 1998, June 1996 and June 1996.) According to the law, the fact that Evans got into the vehicle because Turner and Brown deceived her is enough for the abduction charge.

The most infuriating aspect of this case is the excuse that Turner was following the military's code of honor of not leaving a buddy behind when he helped Brown hide the body and cover up the crime. This blood libel against our military is disgusting and despicable. The people shamefully spreading this blood libel should stop and apologize to every current and former member of the military for smearing them in such a sleazy manner. Not leaving a buddy behind does not include helping him cover up a horrific crime.

Turner is no innocent. He fully intended on violently assaulting Evans with his buddy's help. The murder may have never been part of Turner's plan, and he may well have tried to stop it, but the fact that a murder was committed in the process of Turner committing a felony makes him guilty of her murder. He absolutely should not be released from prison - both because it would be an injustice to Evans and because it would be an injustice to anyone who becomes a victim of Evans if he is released.