Insanity Defense : The Insanity Defence

2259 Words Nov 28th, 2016 10 Pages
Kolbi Jones
English 1301
Rebecca Balcarcel
November 16, 2016

The Insanity Defence
His wife collapsed on the ground with a pool of blood around her head, her husband confused of the events that had just transpired. Hearing the sirens in the distance getting closer and closer; suddenly a hard bang coming from the door followed by a man yelling “Mr. Stevenson come out with your hands up”. Confused and in a daze, the man slowly walked out screaming, asking what happened and how he got here. When the man is dragged in for questioning he still has no idea what had just transpired that night. Repeating himself over and over again Mr.Stevenson pleaded that he did not in fact commit the crime, and that someone framed him. The police do not believe him. The next day Stevenson is taken into a courtroom, as he looks around there is pure silence, his lawyer stands up and says “My client pleads insanity and mental incompetence.” The judge looks us and quietly laughs and says “Mr.Stevenson you are being sentenced to 50 years with no parole in maximum state prison.” As Mr.Stevenson is being dragged out of the room kicking and screaming of his innocence and swearing on his daughter 's life that he did not kill his wife, but no one believed him.
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