Bravo: Guy gets the same amount of time in jail for abducting, setting his girlfriend on fire as the guy that missed two court dates while in jail in another jurisdiction.

Aren’t punishments supposed to be proportionate to the crime?

The Free Lance–Star:

Marcus Duane Simms thought he had a valid reason for not showing up in Stafford Circuit Court twice in January.

He was in jail in Norfolk.

Unfortunately for Simms, a Stafford County jury–and state law–disagreed.

The jury recommended that Simms, 21, serve a year in prison after convicting him of two counts of failing to appear in court.

AP via RT-D:

A Smithfield man will serve a year in jail after being convicted of abducting his girlfriend and setting her on fire.


Mizell spread hair gel on the woman and set it on fire last August after the two had argued in the woman’s apartment in Suffolk. His lawyer said in court that Mizell thought she had sex with another man the previous night.

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