Update: Man using assault rifle as crutch. Investigation leads to arrest of 26.
Hat Tip to Lex
On July 11th, I reported the murder of 5-year old Alysa Bobbitt. The man who murdered Alysa, 30-year old John Meyer, was using an assault rifle as a crutch that went off, shooting through the ceiling into the apartment where Alysa and her mom were visiting with a friend.
There were questions about who owned the gun and those questions were not answered when Meyer was arrested. Without going to trial, he agreed to a plea of manslaughter and was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months.
After Meyer was sentenced, the Daily Courier reported that federal authorities were investigating the background of the rifle. It was suspected that the assault rifle either malfunctioned or had been illegally tampered with. What was uncovered resulted in the arrest of 26 people, with 5 more being sought.
Grants Pass Daily Courier reports that the investigation uncovered a ring in southern Oregon that specialized in “straw” purchases of weapons. Straw purchases are buys designed to conceal the ultimate recipient. Some of the straw purchases were of guns used at crime scenes in California. Two murder plots were uncovered, and there are state and federal indictments for racketeering, attempted murder, assault and promoting prostitution.
Alysa is a heroine. Because she lived, others have been saved from the ring of evil.
I am also reminded of Charles Ramsey. He was the man who helped Amanda Berry and three others escape the captivity of Ariel Castro in Ohio. Because of that, law enforcement investigated the disappearance of two other women in the same area. One of Castro’s neighbors, 49-year-old Elias Acevedo, confessed to murder, kidnapping, and rape of Pamela Pemberton, 30, in 1994, and 18-year old Christina Adkins, who was pregnant when she disappeared in 1995.
It’s a shame that innocent life is taken or harmed by evil, but when it exposes and stops evil from being done to others, it gives us a glimmer of hope that those killed or harmed did not die in vain.