It’s Christmas Eve, a hungry and cold man that has fallen on hard times, unemployed, no where to go, homeless. Did anyone help him? No. Instead he went and forced open the front door of a dry cleaners at 8:30 a.m. Two employees heard the locked door open, then found Mr. Frickel taking coins from the cash register. One of the employees held Mr.Frickel while the other called police. Mr. Frickel had taken about $9.30. He told officers he was hungry and wanted to get a hotel room for the night.
Robert Oren Frickel was sentenced Tuesday June 5th, 2012 by District Judge Gregory Todd for felony burglary. Frickel previously admitted to the charge for the Dec. 24 incident at Wetzels Quality Cleaners on North 30th Street.
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- Well Montana, I think we out did Ebenezer Scrooge in the classic “A Christmas Carol.” District Judge Gregory Todd did somewhat better instead of placing him in a center where he could pay back that debt of $9.30 he is sentencing him to prison where he can have a roof over his head with 3 square meals a day, yes, with losing his freedom. It will just cost us the taxpayer roughly around $35,000 per year for 5 years. We are being sentenced along with him but at a higher cost. I guess Ebenezer Scrooge found a way around this one….get him off the streets, make $175,000.00 off of $9.30, win/win situation for Ebenezer Scrooge. This is what Montana officials have been doing and we have been going along with it, all the while being suckered. Montana did you realize this is what you are paying for with Prisons For Profit? They are taking situations and creating them in a way where they can make money all the while giving you a song and a dance telling you that they are keeping you safe. That is money that should be going to your family, not a corrupted system. Read this website, see the documentation that is from the state of Montana. Not saying that this man was not in the wrong, he was. Not saying that he should not be held accountable, he should. But don’t you think the system could have come up with something different? Restorative justice costs far less, we need justice reform. How many more are there of these sitting behind bars stealing your money through the system, where those higher up officials get to live high on the hog? Stop and think for a minute. How many cases have you heard on the news or read in the newspapers where a defendant actually “won” a case? How many instead hear or read they said “plead guilty” through a plea bargain? How many instead have you heard have been found “guilty.” Or, because the defendant is someone with money, status in the community or state “no charges” are brought against them? If charges are brought against them they “work something out.” Montana what are you going to do come election time? Research your candidates, see where they have stood…..see how bad Montana is looking to the rest of the country. It’s all you hear about. We cannot hide our heads in the sand any longer. I want to be a proud Montanan…..how about you?