Friday, December 3, 2010

Shooting at Cop - 14 Years

To me it sounds like a crazy drunken incident which proves guns and alcohol don't mix.  But what about that sentence?  Presumably this young Marine was one of the good guys up until the incident, that is he was one of the bad guys disguised as a good guy.  Defensive pro-gun folks like to pretend these people don't exist.  You're either law-abiding or you're a criminal. There's really a rather large subset of the law-abiding, let's call them the "about-to-become-criminals."

A former Marine has been sentenced to 14 years in state prison for shooting at a California Highway Patrol officer after a 2009 freeway chase in El Cajon. 

The Los Angeles Times reports Edward Michael Forney was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer. The officer was not hurt in the August 2009 incident. 

Forney was a passenger in a car that a CHP officer attempted to pull over on suspicion of drunken driving.
Prosecutors say Forney shot at the officer as the driver, Charles Neal, sped away. 

Neal pleaded guilty to felony evading arrest and was sentenced to two years in prison. 

Forney was stationed at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego at the time of the incident.
What do you say? Is 14 years a little heavy for something like this?

Please leave a comment.


  1. MikeB: “There's really a rather large subset of the law-abiding, let's call them the "about-to-become-criminals."

    OK, Mike. Show us one "about-to-become-criminal." So far in the history of this blog we have seen examples of law-abiding, criminals, and a third set of accused or suspected criminals- but you have never shown us even one “about-to-become-criminal”. Just show us one.

  2. 14 years is not heavy enough. I would double it.

  3. They're not difficult to detect, TS. The problem you gun guys don't want to police your own. It would trample their rights too much.

    My solution is the gun control norms I'm always talking about, which would identify some of these guys before they act.