Saturday, June 26, 2010

Huckaby accepts plea deal and recieves life in prison without parole

A few weeks ago Melissa Huckaby(via Toy Soldier) took a plea bargain deal and accepted a sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole in exchange for taking the death penalty off the table for the death of 8 year old Sandra Cantu. The deal also dropped the sexual abuse charges, charges in two unrelated drugging cases involving another Tracy girl and a Hayward man (whom police say was an ex boyfriend), and charges in an unrelated theft case.

Released court documents give some detail of crime.
...Melissa Huckaby drugged her 8-year-old neighbor, Sandra Cantu, and sexually assaulted her with a rolling pin before stuffing her body into a suitcase and throwing it into a Tracy irrigation pond last year.

Sandra"s body was found with a blood-soaked cloth knotted into a noose, and her official cause of death was listed as "homicidal asphyxiation,"...
A terrible fate for anyone, much less child.

As far as I can tell it looks like Huckaby guilty and am glad to see her punished for her crimes. Her spending the rest of her life in prison won't bring Sandra back but at least a vile criminal has been removed from the streets.


Adrianna said...

If there is one area where the system is inquestionably biased against men, it's capital punishment. Granted, I'm against the death penalty in all cases, but sexism just adds to the injustice.

I'm glad, like you, that a violent criminal is off the streets, that no one got executed, and that she didn't get off light just because she was a woman.

Danny said...


Punishment is usually something that is done along gendered lines. From the physical punishment used with children (when I was growing up my mom would spank all three of us but my dad would only spank my brother and I, refusing to lay a hand on my sister) to capital punishment men/boys are more likely to get the harsh end of the stick.

Hell there are states that have only executed single digit numbers of women and its a headline to have a woman put on death row.