Back on April 26, Denison Police arrested Donnie Mills. Police pulled Mills over for speeding and when interacting with him could smell alcohol. Mills was taken to the hospital for a blood draw to determine his alcohol level. While there, Mills kicked Officer Chris Bell in the face as Mills was being helped onto the gurney. Mr. Mills, a 59 year old male, has a lengthy criminal history. When he went Mills went to court in September he was found guilty and given a 99 year sentence.
I understand that the man in question has a lengthy criminal history. I understand that he assaulted the officer. But I just can’t get behind a 99 year sentence for a kick that didn’t even cause any damage even if he does have a lengthy history. Why isn’t he serving 99 years for any of his previous charges? He had some hefty charges that could have netted him a long sentence. Instead, he gets 99 years for what amounts to a simple assault and a DUI.
This makes our justice system look anything but just. I have no doubt Mills needs to be off the streets. In my opinion, he was on a path that would have eventually cost someone their life but rapists get probation. Ex-police officer, Amber Guyger, got 10 years for walking into someone’s apartment and killing the owner for no reason than her own stupidity. Yet the jury gave this man a 99 year sentence? These all over the place, kinds of sentences don’t inspire confidence in our justice system.
I don’t know what the answer is. I do believe there needs to be some leeway for the jury to give a harsher or lighter sentence but this sentence, under these circumstances, shows our need for some better guidelines.