How much do we put up with?



Back when I was a reporter for the now defunct Cable News, I covered the case in March 1986 where a young man’s body was found stabbed 40 times. His head was found in another village. Arrested, tried and convicted for this gruesome crime was one Irvin Ibanez. It happened after a night of drinking in which the horseplay clearly got way too rough. The jury convicted Ibanez of aggravated murder, kidnapping and possession and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.


After also being sentenced for being part of a quartet of inmates that killed a DOC prison guard and set his body on fire, Ibanez is now serving his life sentence in the federal supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. Fellow inmates include El Chapo, the infamous Mexican drug cartel kingpin, unabomber Ted Kaczynski, and two of the World Trade Center bombers.


Thirty-five years later, one Donovan Allan Chargualaf Ornellas has been arrested and charged with beheading 51-year-old Andrew Ray Castro. Ornellas reportedly told police that he had used crystal meth while with Castro. News reports say Ornellas told police he felt compelled to kill the wheelchair-bound Castro, who he claimed had endangered his family. No explanation was reported as to why Ornellas cut off his victim’s head. He recently pleaded not guilty by reason of mental defect.


We already know that addiction to crystal meth causes people to commit crimes such as burglary, robbery, theft and human trafficking, etc. They need money to get their fix.


One would imagine though that it would take some doing to cut off another person’s head. It’s not like you could claim that the knife just slipped.


On the other hand, forcing a minor to engage in a sexual act, either as payment for a drug fix or because you owe someone for drugs - or for any reason, for that matter - is a different kind of evil.


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