Dept. of Inconsequential Punishment

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Dave Mann

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.”

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Dave Mann is a former editor of the Observer.


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