Enforce the Laws, Keep Criminals in Jail

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the police officer injured and the deceased criminal. This news article really illustrates what many of us have been saying about enforcing the laws on the books and keeping criminals in jail. (Emphasis mine through out)

A 32-year-old man who was fatally wounded during a shootout Tuesday in Haltom City that left a Fort Worth officer seriously injured was a convicted bank robber who was wanted on three drug-related warrants, records show.

Haltom City police had been trying to stop Cody Ira Loron of Fort Worth in his vehicle as part of a narcotics investigation when he led officers on a chase. He later ditched his vehicle and fled on foot, running to an auto body shop on Carson Street.

Fort Worth motorcycle officer John Bell and another officer had been visiting with the owner of 2nd Opinion Auto Center on an unrelated matter when they learned about the search. An employee then told the officers that the suspect was behind the business.

Cpl. Joe Hackfeld, a Haltom City police spokesman, said Loron was hiding inside a vehicle on the business’s lot.

The officers were looking for him when Loron opened fire, prompting at least one of the officers to return fire, officials say.

The family of the deceased criminal may not appreciate reading this but I feel it needs to be said. First, he was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm — gun control failure.

Next, let’s look at his criminal history.

Federal court records show that in July 2002, Loron pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery and was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison and three years supervised release.

His parole was revoked in February 2009 for violations that included failing to participate in random drug testing, using and possession of methamphetamines and cocaine, and associating with a known felon. He was sentenced to another year in federal prison and 18 months supervised release

In September 2010, his parole was revoked again after the court found he had used and possessed methamphetamine and failed to appear for drug testing. He was sentenced to another six months in prison, records show.

In Tarrant County, in November 2011, Loron received three years deferred adjudication probation after pleading guilty to attempting to possess a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a state-jail felony.

Last month, a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed a drug test and failed to appear in court, according to Tarrant County court records.

At that time, warrants were also issued on two other charges against Loron, one for possession of a controlled substance and the other for delivery/manufacturing of a controlled substance, both involving methamphetamines.

Pled guilty to only 1 count of bank robbery; does anyone believe that he only committed the one crime and pled guilty? I haven’t found his criminal charges yet but I’m betting he was charged with more then one crime and the prosecutor bargained away charges that could have kept him in jail much longer.

Then before he even completes probation, he is using drugs again and associating with known felons. This pattern is repeated over and over again.

We talk about the revolving door of the justice system and here it is.

5, 6 times this man had an opportunity to get his life together and be a part of society and each time the ‘justice system’ returned him to the streets after he proved he was unwilling to abide by the laws of society.

I’m not an advocate of the ‘War on (Some) Drugs’ by any means but I do believe that society has a responsibility to keep those who prove unable/unwilling to abide by the norms out of society.

This man proved that repeated. It wasn’t the gun, it wasn’t enough the justice system (as much as it played a part) that shot the officer; it was a man who broke the rules.

How will making it harder for Aunt Tilda or Jane Q. Citizen to get an AR-15 or Concealed Carry pistol affect crime like this?

It won’t and the antis know it. Don’t buy into the lie. Don’t forget one important part in all this — the Courts are just as much a part of the government as the Executive Branch and the Legislative branch. Government isn’t the solution, it is part of the problem folks.

Please join the discussion.

5 Responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Andy on 31.01.13 at 7:58 AM

    I Know the suspect personally and for you or anyone else to demonize a good man driven by fear of going back to a place that serves nothing but torture no rehabilitation after serving time in the federal penitentary doing their drug program and noy given any pertinant life coping or proper assesments to diagnose or treat his main problem which was adhd and the need to self medicate in order to be [normal]. Keeping a child/man (Cody)was convicted of bank robbery when he was beggining manhood and quickly thrown away and than released to so called bible belting society that preached love and forgiveness but not to felons because i too am a covicted felon who has chosrn not to reoffend due enormous family support but without that support I too could have been dead at 32.They dont offer a place to live for felons oh yeah 10 years later you can qualify for some decent place and ni jobs if you are a felon. And lastly no government assistance. So before your society speaks so publically about a man you know absolutely nothing about take a minute to think why a person would behave in such a way at 32 years old where he knew that his fate would end in death.

  2. Posted by Bob S. on 31.01.13 at 7:58 AM

    Andy,

    Thanks for your passionate plea for your supposed friend. Sorry if you are offended by the truth.
    Let’s try to dissect your comment – First I’m not demonizing him. I’m pointing out — as you do, that he had multiple opportunities to go straight.
    He chose not to.
    Many people with similar situations go to jail once, maybe twice and then get their stuff together and stay out. He could have done the same.

    Child/man? Really – at 21 years old he is still a child? Since when. And as the subsequent and repeat appearances before the court shows; you can hardly claim he was thrown away. Probation and deferred adjudication happened repeatedly. Are jobs tough to get for felons; I imagine. Does that mean they don’t exist, hardly.

    There are programs and assistance out there. Did he avail himself of them or did he go back to his old way of life — that was a choice he made, right?
    Work Opportunity Tax Credit and Federal Bonding Program provide incentives for employers to hire ex-felons — not to mention Pell Grants, Offender Grants (to companies that hire convicts) Small Business Administration Grants and on and on.

    Most importantly note that I’m not condemning him for his choices; he made them he has to live or die by them. I’m simply pointing out that plain fact — he chose each and every action he took.

    Up to and including shooting the police officer.
    He gets no sympathy from me for that.

  3. Posted by RabidAlien on 31.01.13 at 7:58 AM

    Gotta side with Bob on this one. He had waaaaaay too many chances to straighten up. The fact that he kept going back into the same tailspin tells me he didn’t care one way or the other. And yes…I know several folks who have done time, gotten out, and straightened up. It IS possible.

  4. Posted by fred on 31.01.13 at 7:58 AM

    @ Andy i knew Cody also.. he was a sorry no good thief and tried to kill a good friend of mine because my friend called him out in front of a group of females.. you live a life of crime and dont try and better yourself you get what you get.. i have no sympathy for someone who shoots at a law enforcement officer act right an you wont have to worry about the law..

  5. Posted by Kristyn on 31.01.13 at 7:58 AM

    I too knew Cody for about 16 years, as a matter of fact my family lived across the street from his family in the Eagle Mountain Lake area in Fort Worth. I would venture to say I knew him better then he knew his self, sadly enough, I knew his life would end when he became a fugitive on the run. See I wrote Cody for all those years he was in the federal prison, but his spirit was broken and his soul became black when he was in a 6×9 cell 23 hours a day for 6 1/2 years. Cody had to be the center of attention and if he wasnt the one with the spotlight he would go find the spotlight elsewhere. So all those years broke him down to a shell of a man. Make no mistake I loved Cody on a level most wont experience in a lifetime, but he was a sociopath, on top of being border line guinness with a touch of narcissism. Hell you add methamphetamine with weeks of no sleep, malnourishment and emotional issues because your own mother disowns you, after being pushed to the side as a small child for his new step brother, step father. Nothing good can come of it statistically speaking, the odds were stacked against Cody since he was about 9. I am by no means placing blame on any other entity or person, Cody had choices in life and he made some pretty bad ones for the most part, but I know for a fact he had NO intentions of shooting that police officer. He was scared, its as simple as that and if anyone really knew what went on an hour and fifteen minutes before the police found him in that truck hiding, they would know he had been on his cell phone talking to a female that was supposed to pick him up. Instead she went and picked up the pound of meth he dumped and left him for dead…………there is always 3 sides to every story, yours, mine and the truth……..

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