Saturday, January 17, 2009

We Saw That story on Roy Brown causes stir

KTBS reported on the story of Roy Brown, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for first degree robbery. According to Channel 3, Brown, 54, of Audrey Lane, pleaded guilty in Caddo District Court to robbing the Capital One bank in December 2007. Brown admitted walking up to a teller with one of his hands under his jacket and telling her it was a "stickup."The teller handed the man three stacks of bills and he took a single $100 bill, told her he was homeless and left, police said.Brown surrendered to police the next day, telling them his mother didn't raise him that way.Police let him sober up and interviewed him two days later. Police said Brown told them he needed money to stay in a downtown detox center, had nowhere to stay and was hungry -- so he walked up the street and robbed the bank.

The Alexandria blog We Saw That reported on the story and has received a lot of attention from it. It is linked all over the world.
Read the blog and check out the response on We Saw That.


  1. while one side of me feels sorry for him, he could have chosen a shelter, he could have contacted the state for help, he could have sought help from a church, he managed to find money to drink though,....sad choices people make, and it's no ones fault but his.

  2. I do not believe those are the points of this story....much deeper.

  3. Going to detox centers is just a start for them to regain their sobriety and to stop substance abuse in the future.

  4. That seems a disgusting misuse of the criminal justice system. I saw a story recently where a head of a major company was caught defrauding people out of $3 Billion (in other words, a crime 30,000,000 times worse in terms of amount of money involved), yet he only got 40 months. That was Paul R. Allen of Oakton, Virginia, sentenced two days ago. Also, from briefly looking up other states' laws, this would be considered a pretty harsh sentence in many other states, including California. I guess that's another way in which Louisiana is a backward state, in addition to its health care and poverty levels.

  5. This is not so much about the choices that Roy Brown made, but rather the sentence that he received. Remember, this was the theft of $100, which he then brought back.

    Apparently, if you have enough money and/or have a postion of power, you can steal millions, even billions and get a slap on the wrist, or at worst, get a couple years in one of those luxury prisons for the wealthy.

    Great job, legal system. You're not corrupt at all... (Sigh)


  7. Join the facebook support group for roy brown
    Or search "free roy brown" on facebook and join from there

  8. What a total abuse of justice, or .. should I say the lack of it! This is horrible. WHERE is his public defender!!!!

    Exactly, people are missing the BIG PICTURE here. Whey didn't the judge just have him ordered to be lynched, like back in the 'good old days'. This story STINKS, and it is pathetic!!!!

    I hope President Obama gets a hold of it.

  9. I'm not a US citizen. My fisrt language is not english. I'm a white person. Still, reading that case, I feel ashame of humanity. Thinking of you Roy.


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