John Albert Gardner III received a very light sentence in 2000 after prosecutors ignored a a psychiatrist’s warning and suggestion of a stronger sentence.
Prosecutors noted John Gardner’s lack of criminal history, and tossed in the standard “wanted to spare the victim the trauma of testifying” card when seeking the five year prison term for the sexual assault of a 13 year old girl.
Chelsea King, 17, has been missing five days, her clothes have been found, and reports are coming in now that a body has been found in the search area.
John Albert Gardner was arrested in connection with Chelsea King’s disappearance on Sunday, February 28th, 2010.
Chelsea King, John Albert Gardner: Body OF Missing Teen Found?
John Albert Gardner III faced an eleven year maximum sentence under a plea agreement arranged a decade ago; however lenient prosecutors urged only six of those and the Judge complied.
Gardner plead guilty to assaulting a 13 year old girl. He served five years. A mere five years.
Prosecutor’s acknowledge in an eleven page memo that John Albert Gardner “never expressed one scintilla of remorse for his attack upon the victim.”
Dr. Matthew Carroll gave his opinion in the sentencing memo also, stating: “There is no known treatment for an individual that sexually assaults girls and does not admit to it in any way.”
This psychiatrist warned the powers that be that Gardner would re-offend. He pleaded for a 30 year prison term.
Now Chelsea King, 17, beloved daughter, honor student, athlete, friend to all, has gone missing and John Gardner is behind bars. It’s expected that he will be charged with rape and murder tomorrow morning, Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010.
A body was found just a few yards from where Chelsea’s shoe was found. The body was in a shallow grave and is assumed to be that of Chelsea King. The body was located shortly after 4:00pm, EST.
There is strong physical evidence tying this rape and murder to John Gardner; however, please remember that in our judicial system, he is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. He is currently being held in solitary confinement, for his protection of course.
Police are also looking for a link between John Gardner and 14 year old, still missing Amber Dubois.
Chelsea King, John Albert Gardner: Body OF Missing Teen Found? is just the latest in a series of young women being kidnapped, raped and murdered.
What a sad day in our country when a vibrant, bright and beautiful young woman can’t even jog in broad daylight. I won’t call this phenomena a war on women, as I often hear. I do however think it’s an undeclared war on society in general.
I sense change is coming. It’s just a shame that Chelsea King had to die before it is enacted. Our children are priceless and precious; it’s time we showed these murdering rapists that we are not tolerating this anymore.
We offer our heartfelt sympathy to Chelsea King’s family and loved ones.