Thursday, March 5, 2009
In 1987 Richard Wiley murdered his wife. He stood over Ruth Wiley and stabbed her approiximately 23 times. With the murder weapon still in his hands he called police to confess the crime.
Wiley attempted to create an insanity defense , but the judge did not buy it that morning. I do question the judge's sanity in handing down a sentence for which Richard Wiley was allowed back out into the general population to begin a new life. The State's Attorney at the time sought an 80-year prison term.
And what was the Illinois Department of corrections and the parole board thinking when Richard Wiley was released from prison? Did they bother to read Wiley's prison file? The sentence is 30 years, Wiley only serves 13 years in jail for the murder of his 25 year old wife. Someone in charge probably did not have access to a calculator that day.
The morning the judge handed down the sentence, did he perhaps require an interpreter? To translate the evidence in this case. Maybe the judge forgot his hearing aide? Or maybe he forget his glasses and was unable to look at the crime scene photo's? Why not a life sentence without the possibility of parole? Or could it be they were passing out free jelly donuts and coffee in the Cook County judge's chambers? Fact is, there is no adequate answer for ignorance. And that is exactly what happened.
I am confused by the prison system when they reward bad behavior like murder[the crime] with good behavior [time behind bars] for each day of a sentence served. You get a good day when you take the life of another person. The prison system refers to this as a "good day". That means when a person is in prison if they behave in prison and do not get into trouble a "credit" is given in kind for following prison rules and regulations.
Eight and two-thirds years ago he meets and marry's Kathryn Wiley. A single mother of then 9-year old Christopher Motes. kathryn a church secretary likely fell for Wiley's charm while he was on probabtion building church cabinets on the premises.
The church community welcomed Richard Wiley, a dangerous killer not likely to change his ways anytime soon. Then, when all was quiet, Wiley snaps. Not only does he murder his new wife Kathryn, but, in the line of fire 17-year old Christopher Motes is also killed.
It is a tragedy all the way around. A leopard does not change their stripes. Once a killer, always a killer.