Three words strike fear in the hearts of Omaha's most violent criminals.

-Judge
-Mark
-Ashford

Those three words are only softened by three other words..

-mandatory
-early
-release

Curious to see yet another example?

Robert O. "Jughead" Ross.

July 1986 -

Then 15 year old Robert O. Ross - who went by the street name "Jughead" and 3 other malcontents force their way into a south Omaha apartment near 29th and Q.

In that apartment they find regular 30 year old South Omaha guy, Brian Higgins.

They terrorize Higgins before stealing $11 from him and a set of keys before making their escape.

Higgins calls the police to report the robbery but when police arrive Higgins had left, presumably believing he was meeting the police elsewhere. The police left and waited for his return call.

Later that night, Higgins came back in his apartment and began sleeping on his couch.

Robert Ross and his cohorts return and - using the stolen keys - slink their way back into Higgin's apartment.

Only this time Ross is now armed with a baseball bat and another fellow thug is brandishing a tree limb.

Together, as Higgins begs to live, they bash in his head, dump a can of black paint on his dying, twitching body and make off with his television.

Ross and company are all eventually arrested and Ross is convicted of Manslaughter.

News accounts portray a blubbering Ross, pleading for leniency.

Of course Ross gets the leniency he begged for - leniency that he refused his victim by the way - and is sentenced to 5 to 10 years for killing Higgins.

He enjoys mandatory early release 5 years later and is freed.

1994 -

Ross is convicted of being a Felon in Possession of a firearm.

He is sentenced to 1 to 2 years.

He enjoys early release 7 months later.

2004 -

Ross is convicted of Felony Criminal Mischief.

He is sentenced to 1 to 3 years and 9 months.

He enjoys early release 1.5 years later.

And finally...

September of 2013.

Robert "Jughead" Ross is "staring down the barrel" that is maybe the toughest Judge in Nebraska - Judge Mark Ashford.

Ashford had convicted Ross of Terroristic Threats and Attempted 1st Degree Felony Assault stemming from his decision to terrorize a woman in West Omaha in 2012.

Judge Mark Ashford - on the other hand - was clearly focusing on Ross's serious criminal past and current serious conviction.

The gavel barked and Judge Ashford sentenced "Jughead" Ross to the MAXIMUM SENTENCE allowed by Nebraska law.

-20 months to 5 years for the Terroristic Threats
-20 years flat for the Attempted Felony Assault.

A grand total of 21 years and 8 months to 25 years in Prison.

Which, thanks to Nebraska's mandatory early release laws, will all get chopped in half and result in only....

12.5 years in Prison.

You see....the State of Nebraska clearly knows better than Judge Ashford.

"Jughead' Ross is simply misunderstood right Senators?

All we need is one more dose of early release to straighten Ross out. Right?

(sarcasm)

Upon his mandatory release Ross will be only 54 years old

As always, "Nice work Judge Ashford!"

and also...as always...

"Lincoln! Fix this!"

Sentors! Your nonsensical laws are hamstringing our Judges and putting our community at risk.

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