On Oct. 7, an article was written by Pablo Lopez regarding a rape case in Fresno. William Wyatt, a 36-year-old, former Fresno Police Department officer, is being tried for the rape of a woman while she was intoxicated and unconscious.
Judge Timothy Kams was assigned this case, and rejected the plea deal that would allow Mr. Wyatt to be sentenced to probation. The case was then transferred to Presiding Judge Jonathon Conklin, who is considering probation for Mr. Wyatt, due to letters written by the victim stating that she wants the case resolved.
However, rape is a felony offense and the punishment of probation is not nearly harsh enough for this crime. According to the California Penal Code, rape, defined under section 261 (a)(3), is punishable by imprisonment in a state prison for three, six or eight years.
Mr. Wyatt should be sentenced to time in prison. If sentenced to probation, he may be inclined to continue to commit similar offenses. Furthermore, a light sentence like probation will not deter others from committing the same offense.
Madelynn Headlee, Fresno