Yesterday I was hearing some buzz that the Vantrease family was proudly proclaiming that their felon, Austin Vantrease (of Newark, Delaware) paid a minuscule amount toward the criminal restitution ordered by the Court that convicted him. The total amount (before interest) is over $100,000. Anyhow, it was enough for me to check into and let you know either way.
So, be it heard far-and-wide, that $42.35 in indeed paid to offset the $100,000-plus. This, seemingly, is a great source of pride to the Vantrease contingent. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the sister’s Twitter account. I’d be so ashamed to say this! Wouldn’t most people?
The process works something like this: Austin Vantrease — currently incarcerated in the Huttonsville Correctional Center — somehow sends money to the Monongalia (West Virginia) Court. In turn, the Court documents this in a ledger account and releases a check to us. This process, apparently, is not a swift one.
I wonder if it will come in 84 of those 50-cent penny rolls?
To me, this feels like a firm slap in the face. Why, after three years and eight months, did Vantrease make this token gesture… right before his parole hearing? Hey, I’ll cut him (and his family) a break here and not point out why this seems so wrong to me. I’ll save that for the Parole Board on Monday.
Just for kicks, I thought I’d have a little fun with what some of his supporters believe is remarkable criminal accountability. Some basic math calculates that at the current rate of repayment ($42.35 every three years, or $14.12/year), Vantrease should be able to wrap this up in roughly 7,000 years. What a day that will be in the year 9,013! Remarkable, indeed!
This “good deed” should fit in nicely with what I am calling the Vantrease Propaganda Blitzkrieg as of late. Gale Vantrease, mother, has taken to the media to “tell their side of the story”. Seriously, this is fine by me since it keeps Ryan relevant and gets that iconic mug shot out more-and-more. The latest is an article in the Dominion Post. I was called to take part in the article but chose to remain silent (at least for now). I’ll have plenty to say later but, for now, I’ll just enjoy their drawing attention and giving me a breather.
Now the Vantrease sister is saying the article “prints the first true depiction of our feelings as a family”. Wrong. It merely prints Mama Vantrease’s statements… in other words, more of the same sad propaganda. Blitzkrieg! Those poor bastards don’t even understand just how poorly this reflects on them. Or their violent son.
They’re actually excited about his mug shot plastered all over the front page.
They’re excited how they portray my son, THE VICTIM, as the cause. She actually points to some words in a deposition. Who’s deposition? Could it be Jonathan May’s, Tyler Johnson’s, or even Austin Vantrease’s?
Please, take the time to read it. Yes, let them hang their hats on “the truth” (which I call “libel”) and spread their propaganda. I urge them to keep going with it. By all means, carry on!