A registered sex offender, Eric Eugene Hartwell, cuts off his GPS monitoring device and simply vanishes. An unregistered sex offender chooses not to even bother to register. How can you argue that prison may not be the best means of preventing further crimes?
PEABODY — A convicted pedophile with a history of failing to register as a sex offender was sentenced yesterday to six months in jail for not telling Peabody police he was living in the city.
But while Brian Sewall, 58, has already spent nearly six months in custody and will complete his sentence within a few days, he won’t be walking free anytime soon. Instead, he’ll be sent to New Hampshire to answer to a warrant for the same charge, lodged while he was living there.
Sewall was arrested in September after Peabody and Salem police learned that he was living at 111R Main St. in Peabody and frequenting the McDonald’s on Main Street, usually in the afternoon, after school let out. And police learned that he had been seen on a regular basis with a 15-year-old boy.
That was a concern to police because of the nature of Sewall’s convictions. In 1992, he was convicted of sexually assaulting two boys in their early teens.
Note: It isn’t the first time he has failed to register.
He’s been charged with the same crime at least four times in Massachusetts, starting about a year after he got out of jail in the indecent assault case, in 1997, and in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
KNOXVILLE — A sex offender will spend 25 years in federal prison for his gun collection and could face more prison time if convicted in the killing of his ex-wife.
A federal jury found Douglas V. Whisnant, 61, of Oneida guilty in October of possession of guns by a felon and possession of an unregistered machine gun. U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan denied his requests for a reduced sentence today.
Anthony Kirkland is charged with killing 13-year-old Esme Kenney. If convicted, it wouldn’t be the first person he has murdered nor been charged with murdering. In 1987, he was convicted of choking and beating Leola Douglas, 28,to death serving 16 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter.
Kirkland also is charged with killing two other women, and like he allegedly did with Esme, burning their bodies to cover up evidence.
Officials said Kirkland exhibited an animalistic anger when he so violently strangled the 5-foot, 4-inch, 100-pound girl that the capillaries in her cheeks and eyes burst.
While the charges involving Esme are the most recent and well-known, Kirkland also is charged with killing two other women, and like he allegedly did with Esme, burning their bodies to cover up evidence.
Those women are:
Casonya “Sharee” Crawford, 14, whose body was found May 11, 2006, in Avondale in a pile of burned tires. One tire was around her neck.
Mary Jo Newton, 45, a mother of two, whose body was found June 15, 2006. Newton’s body was so badly burned that dental records were required to identify her.