SF “Most Dangerous Criminal” Gets 3-Strikes Term


A San Francisco man who he set his 6-year-old son on fire more than two decades ago may spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of illegal gun possession under the state’s “three strikes” law, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. A jury deliberated a day and a half before concluding that Charley Charles, 64, broke the law against felons possessing guns when he stashed a century-old .38-caliber revolver and 49 rounds of ammunition in his dresser drawer. District Attorney Kamala Harris called Charles “probably one of the most dangerous criminals that this country has ever seen.”

Charles burned his son to keep his ex-wife from cutting off visitation rights. Charles’ attorney argued that he had the right to a gun to protect himself from vigilantes who were after him for what he had done to his son. Jurors didn’t agree. “Some of us understood why he would want to arm himself,” said one juror, Wung Seto. “But we felt there were other alternatives.”

Link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/02/09/MNGNOB869N1.DTL

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