Psychiatrist gets 30 days for booby-trapping Oregon trails and injuring mountain bikers
MEDFORD, Ore. – A psychiatrist has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 30 days in jail for planting booby traps that injured Oregon mountain bikers on national forest trails outside Ashland.Thirty days. He got thirty days for doing something that lead to three different people getting injured. It was only sheer blind luck that he didn't seriously injure someone - hit a strong nylon cord while under full power on a downhill stretch and you could get severely hurt. Thirty days. Likely he'll serve a week if that. At least he's got a two year ban from the trails. That'll learn 'em!
Dr. Jackson Dempsey apologized to the mountain bikers, his family and the medical community Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court in Medford. But he did not explain what led him to string nylon cords across the trails, and put nails and small trees in the path.
What I'm having a hard time with comprehending is that this was on trails in a National Forest. It's not like there were kids cutting through the back part of his property and he was trying to cut down on the trespassers or something; he deliberately set traps on public land with the specific intention of causing harm to other people. And got sentenced to a month in jail. Again, I feel compelled to remind everyone that his sentence is 1/60th what I would get if I were caught with a Pmag...
Attempt to cause bodily injury? Oh, that kidder! Have a piece of plastic? FELON. Makes perfect sense, doesn't it?
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