Vantrease Wants Easier Sentence
Austin Vantrease, who was convicted of malicious assault (felony), is asking the court to reconsider his sentence. The hearing takes place tomorrow afternoon, Monday, May 16th. Vantrease was sentenced to the maximum of two – ten years in a West Virginia State prison. Vantrease has served roughly 10 months to date.
In preparation for this hearing, Vantrease was transferred back to the North Central Regional Jail on May 12th. He will appear before Judge Russell Clawges in Morgantown, WV. I’m sure I’ll have much to say on this tomorrow. No matter the outcome. I simply can not imagine his sentence being modified based on his horrific and life-altering actions but stranger things have happened, I suppose. For now, it’s best to remain as clam as I possibly can. I’ll try not to think about it too much.
Twitter and FaceBook
- Remember, if you have a Twitter account you can now follow us at RyansRally. At present, 62 people have opted to do this.
I was not at all surprised to see it was mostly the younger people who were the first to join. They are just so great with technology. It’s second nature to them.
As for FaceBook, our original group on Come Together for Ryan Diviney has become too large to remain a “group” and retain all the functionality enjoyed in the past. FaceBook will archive our group soon (they haven’t told me an exact date, nor does it appear they will). In typical FaceBook fashion, they really don’t care what the users want.
I have set-up a FaceBook community “fan” page on Ryan’s Rally: We Got This. It’s extremely easy to join. Just go to the link and click “Like”. Done!
- A Must Read! Vantrease Coverage (rallyforryan.wordpress.com)
- Vantrease: Motion for Consideration of Sentence (rallyforryan.wordpress.com)
Milissa Simonsen says
It looks like it went well.
Just a thought regarding Vantrease. He probalby grew up in a home situation where he did not experience much warmth, love or respect–in other words, in a home altogether different from the home where Ryan grew up. THAT will turn people into misfits who continually seethe with anger and distrust for others, and, occasionaly, into brutes exploding with rage…
I am qualifying my coments above, after I read the comments of 5-17-2011:
Sometimes a family will be headed by parents who have good intentions and some redeeming qualities–even one parent may have some excellent qualities. (For example, a person may be so honest that they would never steal a penny from another, and his/her honesty is famous. Another example: a man who would NEVER flirt with another man’s wife, and his morality is well-known.)
NEVERTHELESS, there are physchological complexes, that is flaws, (e.g. uncontrolled anger, also, a feeling of inadecuacy), sometimes serious, which are handed down from generation to generation, and which conspire, against the parents best intentions, to turn a child or children into misfits with great flaws–flaws which occasionaly suddenly manifest to the detriment of himself and others around him/her.
Jonathan May was released two weeks ago, after serving less than seven months.
Hoping that his sentence does not get shortened or changed, nothing has changed from the time of the verdict till now so I don’t see his reasoning. He needs to man up and face the consequences of his selfish and inhumane actions.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Thinking of you…Love & prayers, Paula
Nicole S. says
Still here. Every single day.
jane martellino says
Praying for justice.
Ms. Blasé says
Kathryn Beggs Howlett says
Holding you all in prayers and love. SHSPNGA
sallly ellis says
I hope tomorrow goes as it should.
anna welsh says
Praying Judge Clawges realizes that 10 months does not serve justice in the 10 year sentence that Austin was given for kicking Ryan in the head when he was on the ground. Ryan and his family deserve better than a 10 month slap on the wrist for the person who destroyed their life as they knew it.
Jo Hobbs says
I believe in our justice system; it’s some of the judges I don’t trust. We hear about lenient judges all the time, and there is no justice for the victim. Hopefully and prayerfully, justice for Ryan will prevail tomorrow in that courtroom in Morgantown. Always here.
1. You are in our prayers.
2. Don’t sell yourself short on what you have done to keep communication going. It took me over three years just to start a blog. What you are doing to get Ryan’s story out is amazing. Maybe not so much to the younger generation, who as you say, it comes naturally to, but to someone older than dirt like me, it is pretty darn impressive.
Gail Doyle says
Ken I will pray that if anything ,he gets the full ten years .Asking for a lighter sentence for what he did to Ryan and your family is beyond belief..Why should he get a lighter sentence ,You all didn’t..Praying that true justice will be served.I usually believe in forgiving ,but seeing all your family has gone through this past year and half ,I know it would be VERY hard to do ,if I even could. May God be with you tomorrow .Will be thinking of you and praying all works out. Gail
Katie I. says
Can you have any say during the hearing? Or can the prosecutor print out your blog to show the judge what your family has had to endure over the past 18 months since it’s basically a running diary? Good luck tomorrow. I truly hope justice will prevail.
I will keep Your In family in My Prayers Tomorrow!
Ken, I hope you will find something to keep you busy and preoccupied tomorrow so your thoughts won’t wonder to Vantrease’s hearing. Your feelings are justified and we’ll all be praying for justice. Beyond that, there isn’t much we can do but be here for you. I hope you and the family have a good day.
Praying for you!