September 20, 2017
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Comments for: Searsport man who took fifth-graders hostage at gunpoint still guilty, Maine Supreme Judicial Court says

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld the conviction of the man who took a classroom of Stockton Springs Elementary School fifth-graders hostage at gunpoint in the fall of 2008. Randall Hofland, 59, of Searsport is serving consecutive 30- and five-year sentences for charges… Read More
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  • Jennifer Robidoux

    Wow. Sounds like a huge waste of taxpayer money to me!!

  • Anonymous

    Still guilty ?
    I would hope so.
    What did you expect, this depraved lunatic wakes up some morning , in total disregard for reality, and is not guilty?
    This man will be guilty for bringing terror upon small children for the rest of his life.
    Take out he trash.

  • Anonymous

    Will he go away now?

    • Anonymous

      He’s been in jail since his conviction. He may have been in jail since his arrest, but I don’t remember for sure.

  • Anonymous

    I think we can all agree that this guy needs to go away…..

  • Anonymous

    This is why people get upset about the justice system. this guy can tie up the system, cost us all money and for what,nothing of merit at all. I hope he enjoys his room without a view.

    • Anonymous

      This guy is gulty of very serious crimes and deserves to go away for a long, long time, and GOOD for that. However, no need to slam our justice system. It WORKED in this case. Democracy is supposed to be thoughtful and deliberate. It is supposed to take time. No matter how awful the crime, people do have the right to appeal decisions, and when you deny that to people who are most certainly guilty, you may deny it to the small number who may have been improperly convicted, and we have actually seen too many of these cases around the nation in recent years. Yup, democracy and our court systems are very far from perfect, but overall, they work well and as they should most of the time, even with the imperfect outcomes. Also, I sense you may be a conservative. If so, the conservative rants about “freedom” and “liberty” can’t just be a bunch of abstract blather. Those grand ideas ALSO mean rights and justice for everyone on issues you may not agree with and for the minority, and it means administering American democracy in the very way it was intended by the founders: generally slowly and deliberately, NOT rashly and impusively, and also with due consideration of minority opinion and sentiment.

  • Anonymous

    Ah yes, Mr. Hofland contended in his appeal that he was simply exercising his right to bear arms. Where are his Second Amendment defenders when he needs them.

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