Thursday, January 24, 2008

"Heck of a job, New Mexico"

We hope New Mexico legislators who failed to pass Kendra’s Law last year are thinking hard about the consequences of their failure to act. And we hope New Mexico’s correctional facilities are prepared to help more people like Justin Quintana, since apparently killing your mother and being incarcerated is the clearest way to treatment in that state.

Patrick Kuchma said he has a "tremendous amount of anger" toward Quintana and feels he should spend the rest of his life in prison or in a mental health facility. Kuchma said he doesn't view lifelong incarceration as a tool for revenge, rather he views it as a way for Quintana to receive treatment that he has in the past refused to undertake.

"Basically what I'm getting at is, I don't think needs to be out in the public," Kuchma said. "He does not need to be out on his own because the fact still remains, he's mentally ill, he is a paranoid schizophrenic and he has the capability of not taking medication and this could happen to somebody else."

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