Man Accused Of Raping 17-Year-Old

POLICE: Landingham Committed Crime While Out Of Jail On Furlough For Previous Offenses

Posted: November 30, 2012 at 5 a.m.

A state prisoner who was part of a furlough program is accused of raping a 17-year-old girl while free, according to court records.



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Weekend passes for prisoners with a 45-year sentence? This can't be due to over-crowding because the prisons still have to keep the cell / bed available for the prisoner the rest of the week. Wouldn't it be great if the genius that thought this program up was the one that got raped?
What the hell is wrong with people that even suggest these programs, let alone grant the weekend passes over rather strong protests from other officials who can support their positions? I'm beginning to wonder if it is more important to create a new program or policy so the manager will be "remembered" rather than protect the public like we expect them to do.

This is a case where a good reporter could dig into the history of this program, and shine a light on it so we could identify the people responsible and have them explain their stupid decisions - before they are fired.

Posted by: j2carteyahoocom

November 30, 2012 at 6:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I agree... Furloughs are a bad idea... If you disagree with me ask the 17yr victim who was raped... Let her tell you how she feels about furloughs...

This man went to prison for violent crimes against another person (he cut his wife with a knife... he hit her with a croquet mallet... ). Pros Stone didn't believe he should have been released... and common scene tells you he should have not been released.

Posted by: My_2_cents

November 30, 2012 at 9:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sad. That girl will never be the same and the system that is supposed to protect us failed in spite of Van Stone's best efforts. I hope the liberal do-gooder's who pushed for this guy's release has their names published and have to answer to the public that pays their miserable salary.

Maybe the smart people that let this guy out should let him stay at their house for the Holidays and play croquet with their daughters.

A reporter needs to bird dog this.....I can guarantee this story will be followed...

Posted by: PikeCo86

November 30, 2012 at 4:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I wonder if we could put this dude in the other dude who raped and killed the little girl in Bentonville and give them each a croquet mallet. Put it on TV as a reality show, and call it "King of the Mallet". Winner gets carton of his favorate smokes. Not MJ.

Posted by: JailBird

November 30, 2012 at 5:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Am I entering the twilight zone?

The 17 yr old was raped in June 2011.

The reporter writes about DNA tests matching the perp to the victim. No dates provided.

The arrest happens this week, Nov 2012.

The person accused of rape was convicted of felony crimes and as a habitual offender in 2003 and is serving time in a County jail. Why wasn't he in the state prison where he was sentenced to go?

A furlough type program for someone convicted of being a "habitual offender?"

I wouldn't say the reporter should do some more digging. I would say the reporter should finish the story, before submitting. Prison spokesperson wouldn't be back in office until today? Then wait till tomorrow to publish the story so it makes a smattering of sense.

Posted by: cdawg

November 30, 2012 at 7:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )