CANTON — Friends and family of Raymond Staats are "outraged" over John Stidham's plea deal to involuntary manslaughter that was accepted in the Knox County Common Pleas Court on Thursday.



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3 Responses to “Family outraged over deal, no day in court”

  1. Manticore

    Forgetting a sleeping baby in the backseat is a little different than pointing a gun at someone. Let alone anything else that may have happened in this case. Considering how hard American people are pushed to be all about ‘WORK WORK WORK’ it doesn’t surprise me at all that it happens. Bad enough the mothers have to live with the guilt of what they did.

  2. Docile Jim Brady

    An interesting read.

    A few years ago, in southeastern Ohio, a couple of mothers (with advanced degrees) baked their own respective babies in SUVs by leaving the infants unattended in the vehicle for several hour in the summer sun.

    No charges whatever were filed in either case. Media coverage, but no charges.

  3. Guest

    “The way it was handled has everyone blown away,” Gary said. “There is
    no kind of closure here. They rushed him through the court system with
    no warning. They knew what they wanted and they got it. This is just
    brutal — all of it.”
     “What the hell is involuntary about shooting someone three times,
    putting a bag over his head and throwing him down a septic tank,” Norman
    said. “It’s like they said, ‘You killed Staats — thank you — now you
    get out of jail.’”Have to agree. Look, it sounds as if this whole family are professional criminals, but to almost reward another criminal for this brutal murder is beyond the pale. What’s going on in Knox County?