Dept. of Inconsequential Punishment

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The death row inmate who called state Sen. John Whitmire last year with a smuggled-in cell phone (and later threatened to kill him) has received his comeuppance.

The Statesman reports:

Death row killer Richard Lee Tabler….pleaded guilty this morning to threatening the lawmaker and possessing contraband.During a brief courtroom appearance in Livingston, in East Texas, Tabler got [a] 10-year sentence stacked atop his death sentence.”

Dave Mann has been with the Observer since 2003. Before that, he worked as a reporter in Fort Worth and Washington, D.C. He was born and raised in Philadelphia. He thinks border collies are the world’s greatest dogs, and believes in the nourishing powers of pickup basketball.