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Law is not harsh enough

I am completely astounded at some of the laws and criminal penalties in Utah. The March 18 Deseret News article on the sentencing of Darius Malaga says, "Malaga, 21, was sentenced to the maximum term allowed by law for shooting Amy Tavey . . ." Later, the article states that Malaga was sentenced to five years to life in prison for first-degree murder.

What kind of law gives a person only a five-to-life sentence for first-degree murder? That makes a mockery of the law and a mockery of the victim's life.

Here is a person who by any logic should have received the death sentence, who conceivably, according to the law, can be out of prison in five years. I am baffled as to what great legal minds sat down and put that law together.

John Nelson