Family Man, Addict, Prisoner
Posted by Childress on July 15, 2006
Here’s a story about a guy who had every opportunity to do right. Instead, he took every opportunity to do crack. What a disaster! From the Hartford (CT) Courant:
Robert Dyer is 50, white, a doting husband and father and lifelong Canton resident with an impressive work record.
He also was feeding high-powered weapons into the arsenal on Hartford’s streets to sate his escalating hunger for drugs.
At Dyer’s sentencing before Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns Thursday, a federal prosecutor expressed incredulity at the outpouring of support for Dyer by friends, neighbors and colleagues. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Leaming mused what the scenario would be if the same crime bore a different face.
“I wonder if it was a Hartford man – a father, son, brother, neighbor – who had a drug addiction and decided he would put guns into the hands of a known drug dealer and convicted felon in the town of Canton, knowing that that gun would be used in a crime of violence or wind up in the hands of a child, would they be here,” Leaming queried during the proceeding. “I suspect they would say, `37 to 46 months, is that all he gets?'” …
“The public needs to be aware of the fact the courts take these crimes very seriously,” Burns said before sentencing Dyer to 37 months. He is scheduled to surrender to U.S. marshals Aug. 3.
Dyer’s wife, Carol, wept quietly during the nearly hour-long sentencing proceeding, though Dyer himself showed no visible reaction when he learned his fate. He spoke briefly during the hearing.
“I did a very bad thing,” he said. “I’m very sorry.
“I just feel so bad for my family,” Dyer added. “If I have to go for a long time, I don’t know what they’ll do. I’ve never done anything like that; I’ll never do it again.” …
Dyer’s lawyer, Alan J. Sobol, argued vigorously for a sentence involving little or no incarceration citing Dyer’s role as his family’s sole source of financial support. Dyer’s wife stays home to care for the couple’s seriously disabled 23-year-old daughter, Jessica. Another daughter, 21-year-old Joan, also lives with them and commutes to college.
“His judgment was clearly clouded by his involvement in drugs,” Sobol said ….
But substance abuse has nagged Dyer since his teen years, Sobol wrote in a sentencing memorandum. At 15 he was drinking a six-pack of beer and smoking marijuana on a daily basis. At 30 he added cocaine to the mix; at 40, heroin. At 45 he became addicted to crack cocaine.
Alcohol begets marijuana begets cocaine begets heroin begets crack begets more ruined lives.