1.05.2009

TS - Hash receives 11 years in prison

☛TS Hash receives 11 years in prison (Well, 5 1/2, if that)

Steven Daniel Hash pleaded guilty on Friday to manslaughter in the death of Curtis Huntzinger, a 14-year-old Blue Lake boy killed in 1990.

As members of Huntzinger's family watched, Assistant District Attorney Wes Keat read the terms of the plea agreement, which stipulated Hash will serve 11 years in prison, and pay a total of more than $9,000 in restitution fines.

Following the reading, Hash wiped tears from his eyes and spoke directly to Nancy Huntzinger, Curtis' mother.

”I'm so terribly sorry,” he said. “For years, I've asked God, 'How come I'm walking around in the free world?'

”I know what I've done. I took everything Curtis had ... I took it all and it's real hard to deal with that. I've been dealing with that for years.”

Hash then thanked District Attorney Chief Investigator Mike Hislop and investigator Wayne Cox for their “thorough and competent investigation.”

Hash was granted 45 days credit for time served. By California statute, Hash will be eligible for parole 51/2 years after his sentence begins.

The crime of voluntary manslaughter carries statute of limitations of six years, meaning the statute of limitations expired 13 years ago. Nevertheless, Hash was able to plead to the felony as part of the agreement.

According to Keat, after his arrest, Hash was willing to fully cooperate with investigators, and had explained to them all the events that led up to the killing. Based on his admission, and the available evidence, the charge of manslaughter was appropriate given the circumstances of the killing, Keat said.

In May of 1990, during a sudden quarrel at Hash's home, Hash struck Curtis Huntzinger in the head with a dumbbell, killing him, Keat said.

”In the instant afterward, he was sorry it happened,” Keat said. “It was classic manslaughter.”

The quarrel was a result of allegations Hash had sexually molested Huntzinger. Those allegations would have been “hard to prove” in court, Keat said. But a letter, which was written by Curtis Huntzinger's sister Cindy DeVore, was read in court Friday and hinted at the alleged molestation.

Dated Jan. 1, the letter, addressed to Hash, read: “The last time I saw Curtis he was sitting on the arm of my couch, his hazel green eyes filled with pain.”

In the letter, DeVore expressed regret she could not do more to comfort her brother on that occasion.

”All we ever wanted was Curtis. Now we have him,” DeVore wrote. “He was loved and cherished, he was wanted and needed, but you killed him ... none of us will ever be the same.”

During the Friday hearing, Nancy Huntzinger also gave a brief statement thanking Hash for leading investigators to her son's grave.

After Hash had left the courtroom to be returned to his cell, Nancy Huntzinger said she was ambivalent about Hash's agreement, and was simply happy to have her son's body returned to her.

”I told (DA investigators) when we got Curtis back, he (Hash) could get time served,” Nancy Huntzinger said.

Since Curtis Huntzinger's body was found in a shallow grave under a stand of young redwoods, between Blue Lake and Korbel, officials have used the word “closure” to describe the conclusion of the 18-year long search for his body.

But for some members of the Huntzinger family -- the other victims involved in the killing -- the word is hardly descriptive.
”Closure? I mean, that's like it's the end,” Nancy Huntzinger said. “It will never be the end. I will never forget Curtis. I will remember him as long as I can breathe his name.”


Sean Garmire can be reached at 441-0514 or sgarmire@times-standard.com.

Sean Garmire/The Times-Standard
Posted: 01/03/2009 01:34:06 AM PST

Comments:
CJ Saint Claire - "In the instant afterward, he was sorry it happened..." so Mr Hash casually cruises through the expiration of the statue of limitations, and after 18 years of anguish, mom says "time served is OK" - I cannot imagine the pain and, quite possibly, the liberation of from such awful torment.

...and for Hash - Here is a case where just being sorry just is not good enough, you just got handed a pass on this one.

Someone needs to take this incident to the star chamber.

Case closed, finally. Sadly. Welcome home Curtis."
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anono - "All in all some good work by the DA's office. Give credit where credit is due."
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whodem dat slewdem - "11 years is a very short sentence considering that at most he will do 80% of that time and could do as little as five years. eligible for parole in 5.5 years really means eligible in 3 years. I am sure that the family is more concerned with closure than this mans sentence and they are relieved that they found the remains. Hash got a pass."
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Shkayle - "So he came forth how many times to admit this crime? And now the the statue of limitations is his saving grace. Something is terribly wrong with the justice here. I believe in forgiveness, he can be forgiven but he still needs to serve a life sentence or have his life taken."
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Scott Decker - "I totaly agree with Shkayle, Mr Hash should be sitting side by side serving the same sentence and mike Fox. I had met Curtis a few times and he seemed like such a wonderful kid. I also know that curtis was in Eureka staying with Mike Fox and Mr Hash They the two of them Fox and Hash used cloraform on young teens and did ungodly things to then youngsters. I had a friend show up at my house one Christmas eve with her teenage son who was beaten so badly that the poor kid coulde not even enjoy Christmas all becouse of Mike fox and Mr hash.

Mr Hash admited to this crime more then once and still he remained free all this time. It just makes me sick how the justuce system in this Country lets something like this go on and SIT ON IT FOR MANY YEARS WITHOUT EVEN TOUCHING THE CASE!
Curtis Huntzinger my he now rest in peace sufferd a untimly death and his KILLER walked free and got nothing but a SLAP on the hand for his crime.

People of Humblold County need to stand up for the rights of this young man (Curtis) And make sure that Mr Hash never gets out of jail.

And if that does not work make sure that Mr Hash is ran right out of the County as soon as he gets out of jail.

What ever happend to the old days when the LAWS where just and the killer was strung up in the center of town and hung to death for taking someone's life? Now they call it inhumian I say screw that bring back justice as our founding fathers wrote it and hang this MUDERER IN COLD BLOOD as he did to this poor young man ( Curtis ) who was just begining his life as a young.

Curtis layed in a shallow grave for 18 long years and I am sure his soul was in limbo wondering Why and why hasent anyone come to find me. what a sicking thought of how his soul mush have sufferd all these years and what his poor soul must be thinking now that Mr Hash just got a slap on the hand.

Dear Curtis, I met you a few times in our lives and what a sweet and fun loving person you where. I am deeply sad that your life ended long befor your time. I pray that your soul is now in peace and you are a free spirit and a wonderful angle. You have more then earned your wings, the suffering is over and may you rent in the wounderful loving care of your make our lord in the heavens above."
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Scott Decker - "There are a few typos in my post sorry for that it is hard to write something with tears in the eye."
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Mart - "It is time for America to get tough on criminals. Hash should have received the death penalty, and it should be carried out in a timely manner. I am sick of the scum sitting on death row for years and years while the family members take flowers to their loved ones grave site. Whats up with you people calling him "MR." Hash. He does not deserve to be called MR., just murderer!!
God Bless you Curtis! You will never be forgotten!"
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Scott Decker - Scott thank you. My elder son was fondled on the testicles by the teenage son of my ex wife's boyfriend. When I notified CWS the Arcata Police Department called to interview my son. I arranged for the officers to talk to my son on a Saturday evening when I had custody. But I got a call that Saturday afternoon by an officer, Karen Jullian, who stated they would not need to question my son. I asked why. She said they contacted the mother who said the whole incident was very innocent - that the boys, a 17 year old and my 6 year old were wrestling on the floor.

Don't you find it the least bit peculiar that a mother, a teacher, a mandatory reporter of abuse would find a 17 year old boy fondling her son on the testicles to be innocent? Just as my son was going to sleep I asked him,'were you alone with (17 year old) or was your mom and (her b/f) there when () tickled you?'. He stated he was alone. I called the officer and left a message. She never returned my call nor followed up. She soon left the Arcata Police Department. I have first hand knowledge who inept the local police are when it comes to such matters.

Dont let it rest. If I was you I would DEMAND to have the police look into this incident if they still say no file the case in court stateing what took place and that the local police would not help or even look into the matter at hand. call cws everyday untill someone looks into the matter dont take NO for a answer. get your self a tape recorder ask your son what happend who it was with how long did it last that way that way you have record of it and his words can not be changed or took out of text by the law. I feel sorry that this happend to your son but DO NOT GIVE UP. Fight for your rights.

A 17 year old should not be touching a 6 year old or wrestling for that matter in areas where no one can see I am sure your 6 year old would not make up a story that a 17 year old touched his testicals at the age of 6 they dont even know what sex is for god sakes. This is what I would do if it was my child. call arcata pd, call hcsd, call child protetive services and if all else fails call your local newspaper and local tv call for answers, call for help.but do not let it sit idle dont STOP untill justise for your son is resoved....."
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Serra - "11 years? Probation in 5 1/2?? He's been walking around free for how many? Talk about a slap on the wrist. I can't believe anyone would be happy with that sentence, well, besides the killer. What a tragic story, but at least his family finally has his body to bury."
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Y4ever - "So someone could take care of Hash when he gets out and only do 51/2 years for manslaughter."
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BLer - "CJ Saint Claire wrote:
”In the instant afterward, he was sorry it happened..." so Mr Hash casually cruises through the expiration of the statue of limitations, and after 18 years of anguish, mom says "time served is OK" - I cannot imagine the pain and, quite possibly, the liberation of from such awful torment.
But this is coming from the same woman who publically forgave him for the crime years ago."
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eric - "You got to be kidding. Only 11 years! Where's the justice? The young boy is gone forever and the suspect only gets 11 years. Our judicial system needs sucks."
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eric - "Mart wrote:
It is time for America to get tough on criminals. Hash should have received the death penalty, and it should be carried out in a timely manner. I am sick of the scum sitting on death row for years and years while the family members take flowers to their loved ones grave site. Whats up with you people calling him "MR." Hash. He does not deserve to be called MR., just murderer!!

God Bless you Curtis! You will never be forgotten!

I agree with all you said. I hope the suspect gets what he deserves in prison. It's time for a revolution. Some countries would have throughn him to the gators."
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pugs2 - "Terrible man, just plain murder"
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Jeff E - "How could anyone objective, credit the DA's office for this travesty?
The guy CONFESSED years ago & remained free. He was only "caught" when he confessed again.

Then, for murder, child sex abuse and perjury, he gets out in 5 1/2 years??????"
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Apple Seed - "Jeff E wrote:
How could anyone objective, credit the DA's office for this travesty?
The guy CONFESSED years ago & remained free. He was only "caught" when he confessed again.
Then, for murder, child sex abuse and perjury, he gets out in 5 1/2 years??????
Jeff, how much time in jail should one get if one sneaks into a house that he used to live in by using a key he had kept, and then going into a teenage girls room in that house and fondling her underwear?

If one was caught red handed doing this, and was reported to the sheriff, how should the DA have handled this type of incident?

Hypothetical, of course.:-)"
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Mike- "Working On the Chain Gang, Steve Kercher, Open Wide"
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NYC - "Is there any crime worse than the murder of a child? An innocent.
Plea deals in these kind of cases are a miscarriage of justice.

Rest in Peace Curtis."
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Blue Lake Cousin - "Mr. Gallegos; you and your staff should be ashamed of yourselves and your pathetic attempts to bring justice for Curtis. Steve Hash is a child molestor and murderer; he tormented my family for years with the knowledge of what he did to Curtis, and you want us to believe that he was sorry for his actions and that this was a "classic case of manslaughter?" Since you've already thrown Curtis under the bus, what about the other children of Humboldt County that came into contact with Steve Hash and his sick cronies! I hope this isn't the end of the investigation; you owe it to the people of this county to carry this investigation forward and make sure that other children get the justice that they deserve. If this case is allowed to drop, the people of this county need to vote you out of office; you are a failure to the people of this county and the justice system that is supposed to protect us."
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Cedric - "Homicide rate among black youths rises

www.mysanantonio.com/news/Rise_in_homicides_s..."
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Nice - "I imagine there was a plea deal in exchange for locating the body. It's a hefty price, but it needed to be done. Although everybody knows Gallegos is weak! Look at Siskiyou County they are gonna fry people for the same exact thing."
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miss hw - "even with a body a murder conviction can be tricky, BUT cops should use the death penalty as a chip, we want criminals to confess, not play poker."
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anonymous - "It's a wonder he's getting any time at all.

This court system is the worst.

And I'd like to know what ever happened to people also being prosecuted for perjury. Caught in lie after lie, yet it makes no difference.

Truth and justice have nothing to do with anything anymore. Not in Humboldt County."
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anonymous - "Figures, Humboldt County liberals. What ever happened to justice. His mother should not have settled for a plea bargain. That is shameful in itself and is exactly why people like Hash get a slap on the wrist."
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anonymous - "For the record, I am not the anonymous that said his mother never should have settled for a plea bargain and that it is shameful in itself.

I didn't say it.

I don't know what she even had the right or chance to agree or disagree to.

If it's true that she herself came up with the plea deal in exchange for knowing where her son's body was, then so be it.
But I seriously doubt that was her idea. Even if in fact she did agree to it."
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No name please - "Please tell me where were all the caring adults when the Hash children were beaten on a regular basis by a father who returned home drunk. Please tell me why no one nocticed the Hash children eating out of garbage can at school while other kids made fun as they were starving. Dad drank up all the money and no one noticed these hungry, beaten, ill dressed children. No excuse for Steve's actions in the future however, big scars are left from child abuse."
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Nucking Futs - "Please tell me how Steve Hash was able to live with the things that he did for so long-Go about his life for eighteen years..What kind of scar do you think is left behind from the murder of a child, a brother, a friend. I would say that an unsolved murder leaves bigger scars"
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miss hw - "Yea, those family law R.O'S suck. My husband got one from his ex.. also for harsly speaking. Well we moved away and ended up with custody. AND the ro is good till 09."
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his sis - "Nucking Futs wrote:
Please tell me how Steve Hash was able to live with the things that he did for so long-Go about his life for eighteen years..What kind of scar do you think is left behind from the murder of a child, a brother, a friend. I would say that an unsolved murder leaves bigger scars

Yeah I can tell you that it definately does leave giant scars, more like opened wounds. Thanks for caring. To all of you who have said crap about my family I would love the oppertunity to meet you and SPIT in your faces!"
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Cherri - "I would like to know if the people of Humboldt County are satisfied with their justice system. Please correct me if I am wrong, but as I understand it....in Humboldt County you can molest a child of 14, you can murder this child and bury his body in the woods somewhere. The trick is to keep somewhat quiet about if for just long enough. Then after say 19 years of being free to do what you want, raise your own son maybe, make sure he can take over your possession and your affairs are in order, you can decide to confess on your own terms. You then get a speedy court date, and nice slap on the hand of an 11 year sentence, where you know you'll probably be home in a little over five years. Am I right about all this? Can a criminal living in Humboldt County do these things and get away with it? Tell me I am wrong. Tell me there is a justice system in place that would never allow such horrible disgusting crimes against our children to go unpunished. If you take a life, is it really swept under the rug if you keep quiet long enough? My name is Cherri Hairston and Curtis Anthony Huntzinger was my brother. Steve Hash molested him. Steve Hash is a child molester! Steve has picked up a dumbell and hit my brother so hard in the head that it killed him. I hope my brother didn't suffer long. I hope he died long before Steve begun to cover up his crime by burying him in the woods. Then Steve Hash kept somewhat quiet for 19 years. For 19 years he knew what he had done and where my brother was. He lived his life. He saw his own son grow up and he did nothing to ease my family's pain.I expect the D.A. is pretty happy with himself for closing a 19 year old case. But this is not justice. This is not justice. The crime of murder and child molestation was commited and the man who confessed to it may walk the streets of Humboldt County as soon as 2014. Is this what passes for justice in Humboldt County? I wonder if we would have taken justice into our own hands back in 1990 what justice would have been? If it would have meant that we would be walking free after so little years, less than the 19 my family spent being tortured, I would have surely done it. We tell ourselves not to take justice into our own hands, that the truth would come forth someday and Steve would pay. I think we were wrong. Steve got away with molesting, murdering and burying my brother. He dropped a brick in the water that is our family and we are still in its wake. He got away with 19 years of torturing all who loved Curtis. He got away with it all."
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anonymous - "a_hole, the situation you described is unfortunately only one of many of the travesties allowed to occur in these courts because the truth has ceased to have anything to do with it. People are made to raise their right hand and swear to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, yet no matter how many times they may be caught in their own lies, nothing ever comes of it. It's almost as though the one who lies the most, wins. And that's not how it's supposed to work."
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miss hw - "the justice system sucks. Now other killers and molesters know where to go to do their dirty work. When little kids start to go missing, you'll know why. It's sick and lame."
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ANON - "When my daughter was 7 yrs. old, she was molested bvy a "friend" of the family. She suffered anxiety for years, before she finally told us when she was in high school what had happened. We contacted the police to make a report. My daughter went through the wrenching ordeal of having to describe the molestation in detail to the officer. There was a long investigation, and search for the predator. When they finally found him, of course he denied it. After all this, we we're told that nothinf could be done, because there were NO WITNESSES!! How many pedophyles do their dirty work with an audience present??"
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blue lake mom - "Cherri wrote:
I would like to know if the people of Humboldt County are satisfied with their justice system. Please correct me if I am wrong, but as I understand it....in Humboldt County you can molest a child of 14, you can murder this child and bury his body in the woods somewhere. The trick is to keep somewhat quiet about if for just long enough. Then after say 19 years of being free to do what you want, raise your own son maybe, make sure he can take over your possession and your affairs are in order, you can decide to confess on your own terms. You then get a speedy court date, and nice slap on the hand of an 11 year sentence, where you know you'll probably be home in a little over five years. Am I right about all this? Can a criminal living in Humboldt County do these things and get away with it? Tell me I am wrong. Tell me there is a justice system in place that would never allow such horrible disgusting crimes against our children to go unpunished. If you take a life, is it really swept under the rug if you keep quiet long enough? My name is Cherri Hairston and Curtis Anthony Huntzinger was my brother. Steve Hash molested him. Steve Hash is a child molester! Steve has picked up a dumbell and hit my brother so hard in the head that it killed him. I hope my brother didn't suffer long. I hope he died long before Steve begun to cover up his crime by burying him in the woods. Then Steve Hash kept somewhat quiet for 19 years. For 19 years he knew what he had done and where my brother was. He lived his life. He saw his own son grow up and he did nothing to ease my family's pain.I expect the D.A. is pretty happy with himself for closing a 19 year old case. But this is not justice. This is not justice. The crime of murder and child molestation was commited and the man who confessed to it may walk the streets of Humboldt County as soon as 2014. Is this what passes for justice in Humboldt County? I wonder if we would have taken justice into our own hands back in 1990 what justice would have been? If it would have meant that we would be walking free after so little years, less than the 19 my family spent being tortured, I would have surely done it. We tell ourselves not to take justice into our own hands, that the truth would come forth someday and Steve would pay. I think we were wrong. Steve got away with molesting, murdering and burying my brother. He dropped a brick in the water that is our family and we are still in its wake. He got away with 19 years of torturing all who loved Curtis. He got away with it all.

cherri you have been through to much. Your mother will have good reason for great joy, I believed chuck pierce when he said that God would have justice for her. I hope that steve hash's fate, finially frees you and your mother of the scares he has caused.

P.S
Mr.Paul Gallagoes, I think the motherly vote in Blue Lake just went south on you. TY. I hope every mother in Humboldt county remembers Curtis and his mother nancy and his sister cherri Huntzinger on election day.."
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WCfriend - "Nice wrote:
I imagine there was a plea deal in exchange for locating the body. It's a hefty price, but it needed to be done. Although everybody knows Gallegos is weak! Look at Siskiyou County they are gonna fry people for the same exact thing.

I hope in Siskiyou county they will fry child killers. At least make them spend the rest of their lives in prison. I hear that in prison, the inmates hate people who hurt children and they make them pay. One could hope that every single day is a complete nightmare for child killers and molesters.

I am sorry to hear that the low life responsible for the death of this young man is not getting what he deserves. I pray that the kidnappers and the killer of 6 year old Willie Cook (32 years ago) get what they deserve in Siskiyou county, however all of your horror stories have got me worried.

To the friends and family of Curtis, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
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his sis - Cherri wrote:
I would like to know if the people of Humboldt County are satisfied with their justice system. Please correct me if I am wrong, but as I understand it....in Humboldt County you can molest a child of 14, you can murder this child and bury his body in the woods somewhere. The trick is to keep somewhat quiet about if for just long enough. Then after say 19 years of being free to do what you want, raise your own son maybe, make sure he can take over your possession and your affairs are in order, you can decide to confess on your own terms. You then get a speedy court date, and nice slap on the hand of an 11 year sentence, where you know you'll probably be home in a little over five years. Am I right about all this? Can a criminal living in Humboldt County do these things and get away with it? Tell me I am wrong. Tell me there is a justice system in place that would never allow such horrible disgusting crimes against our children to go unpunished. If you take a life, is it really swept under the rug if you keep quiet long enough? My name is Cherri Hairston and Curtis Anthony Huntzinger was my brother. Steve Hash molested him. Steve Hash is a child molester! Steve has picked up a dumbell and hit my brother so hard in the head that it killed him. I hope my brother didn't suffer long. I hope he died long before Steve begun to cover up his crime by burying him in the woods. Then Steve Hash kept somewhat quiet for 19 years. For 19 years he knew what he had done and where my brother was. He lived his life. He saw his own son grow up and he did nothing to ease my family's pain.I expect the D.A. is pretty happy with himself for closing a 19 year old case. But this is not justice. This is not justice. The crime of murder and child molestation was commited and the man who confessed to it may walk the streets of Humboldt County as soon as 2014. Is this what passes for justice in Humboldt County? I wonder if we would have taken justice into our own hands back in 1990 what justice would have been? If it would have meant that we would be walking free after so little years, less than the 19 my family spent being tortured, I would have surely done it. We tell ourselves not to take justice into our own hands, that the truth would come forth someday and Steve would pay. I think we were wrong. Steve got away with molesting, murdering and burying my brother. He dropped a brick in the water that is our family and we are still in its wake. He got away with 19 years of torturing all who loved Curtis. He got away with it all.

I love you sis!"
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anonymous - "I know of someone who had "I support Gallegos" signs all over his yard. He's a convicted felon and not even allowed to vote in the first place.

Why do you think he wanted Gallegos in office? Again.

He's a felon, not in jail, and runs around this community making people think he is an upstanding great, and trustworthy guy.
Look very carefully into who you do business with.

If they are licensed in any way, you can get that information online or by calling the department they are licensed to do business through.

There are creeps on every corner who laugh at having "beat" the system and know exactly how to go about it."
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Generation X - "Well said.
anonymous wrote:
a_hole, the situation you described is unfortunately only one of many of the travesties allowed to occur in these courts because the truth has ceased to have anything to do with it. People are made to raise their right hand and swear to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, yet no matter how many times they may be caught in their own lies, nothing ever comes of it. It's almost as though the one who lies the most, wins. And that's not how it's supposed to work."
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blue lake family - "Steve Hash is a sociopath, he is not sorry for what he did, the only feelings he has are for himself.

He took a young child from a large family and groomed him so he (Steve Hash) could get the evil gratification that he so craved.

While we as decent human beings are repulsed by his actions Steve Hash did not, does not, nor will he ever be sorry for his vile deeds.

Mr. Gallegos there are others in Blue Lake that are just as culpable because of their involvement with Steve Hash, they condoned his evil ways and kept a secret for 18 years thus allowing this monster to remain free for all of these years.

Redeem yourself and go get the rest of them, some of them are still living in Blue Lake.

This case should not be over yet, do your job and let this child finally rest in peace and give justice to the other victims (children that lived in Blue Lake) of Steve Hash."
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really now - "I voted for Gallegos so correct me if I'm wrong,please: Gallegos assured us he'd protect community and families. He'd go after hard drugs and violence. This was the reasoning to go easy on small marijuana cases. The gate was opened for hundreds to move here and cultivate with NO threat of prosecution. Then the large growers were allowed to slide. Then the really large commercial growers were given passes. Now the child molesters and child murderers are able to plea out? AND the DA's office speaks like it's a victory? I'm outraged and would like to hear a reasonable explanation from Paul himself. This WILL be an election issue. This plea is an insult to our county and a disgrace to past Gallegos supporters."
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blue lake - "No name please wrote:
Please tell me where were all the caring adults when the Hash children were beaten on a regular basis by a father who returned home drunk. Please tell me why no one nocticed the Hash children eating out of garbage can at school while other kids made fun as they were starving. Dad drank up all the money and no one noticed these hungry, beaten, ill dressed children. No excuse for Steve's actions in the future however, big scars are left from child abuse.
where were the mothers?"
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hmm - "Let's think about it.. Who had the case prior to the District Attorney's office? That's right...Blue Lake Police Department.

Let's put the blame where it belongs... Blue lake Police Department was as much incompetent as it was corrupt."
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Laura O - "I am horrified by the verdict, and I am very very shocked and disappointed that justice was miscarried in this case,"With this verdict, we are saying it's okay to murder and walk away.. I hope the prison inmates can seek a better justice!"
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Laura O - "I am horrified by the verdict, and I am very very shocked and disappointed that justice was miscarried in this case,"With this verdict, we are saying it's okay to murder and walk away.. I hope the prison inmates can seek a better justice!"
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sick and tired - "Laura - sorry but there was no verdict here. This was a classic plea bargain by our inept DA."
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a-non - "so - "”In the instant afterward, he was sorry it happened,” Keat said.“It was classic manslaughter.” "

Keat needs to be disbarred along with his boss on this one. This is classic murder and not heat of passion manslaughter. So when does saying you were sorry for it instantly 19 years later make it classic manslaughter. No wonder the plea bargains coming from that office are so deranged. Hash was given the manslaughter offer in order for them to clear the case. No justice for Curtis. No justice for the community.

Shame on you Mr. Keat for blowing smoke up our backsides with that stupid remark to protect your incompetent boss."