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What is the price of a life in Cedar Rapids?

Darius Alexander was arrested for the September 2016 stabbing death of 18-year-old Christopher Attaberry Jr.

Initially, Alexander was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, according to The Gazette. The most recent news report details Alexander’s sentence of 10 years for aiding and abetting second-degree robbery and 10 years for aiding and abetting voluntary manslaughter, following a plea bargain. The sentences will run consecutively. Sixth Judicial District Judge Mary Chicchelly is reported to have said Alexander will have to serve a minimum of seven years before being eligible for parole.

Am I out of line for asking if this is justice? A young man is slain, apparently unprovoked and in cold blood, and his murderer can be free after 7 years in prison? Is that the price of a life in Cedar Rapids, Iowa? Please tell me what I am missing here.

Steve Harvey

Cedar Rapids

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