Jailing him on Thursday for five-and-a-half years, Judge Jane Miller QC also gave the burglar a concurrent sentence for going equipped and a further one year each, again concurrently, for the two fraud offences.
She said Berkowitz was a "career burglar" who had offered very little mitigation. "The only remorse you feel is to be sorry for yourself because you were caught," she said.Yet, given the 'punishment' for his 250 convictions is a laughable 40 years worth of jail time that he certainly hasn't served (because we know it's just for show, no-one ever actually serves what they are sentenced to in this country), why should he have a reason to 'feel sorry for himself'?
He's clearly coming out ahead of the deal, isn't he?
As Schrodinger's Dog commented on this post:
"Hate crimes" attract massively enhanced penalties because they purportedly spread fear among the wider community. And doesn't burglary do just that? It isn't just a matter of getting a police incident number, filing an insurance claim and replacing whatever was stolen. A person has had their home violated, while what has been taken may not be replaceable.Is that what it'd take for this to be treated seriously?
H/T: CJ Nerd via email