Brittney Anne Sykes Caudle, 24, and Emma Caday Westhusing, 21, who held up two credit union branches in 2010, also were ordered by a U.S. District Court judge to complete 200 hours of community service each and remain in mental health therapy. Together, they must repay the Rivermark Community Credit Union $2,750.Community service and mental health counseling for terrorizing credit union workers and robbing the places? Yep. See the story here. Here's the nut:
Prosecutors sought short prison terms for both, saying the robberies terrorized the credit union employees and that simple probation would send the wrong lesson to the community at large. Two credit union branch managers told the court that tellers confronted by the robbers remained agitated at work long after the robberies and lost sleep.
However, Judge Garr M. King said he was impressed that both Sykes Caudle and Westhusing have expressed remorse and have shown significant steps at rehabilitation. Both have jobs and are taking college classes again. Both have been receiving help for serious mental and emotional problems they suffered from earlier traumas in their lives.
Do you think this is fair punishment? If these were men would they have been given the same light sentences? I wonder if the apparent LGBT aspect of this entered into this.