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Happy New Year, Mr. McGee

Posted Tuesday, January 1, 2008, at 2:51 PM

At the stroke of midnight Dec. 31, 2007, the sentence of Edward McGee was reduced by another 15 days...and his release date became April 28, 2009.

McGee, charged with the murder of cousins Phyllis Seibers and Deborah Ray at the old city dump off Sims Road in December, 1966, has only been to trial for the death of Phyllis Seibers. He received a 99-year sentence for that offense, in October, 1967.

It was and is a pitiful incident. The little girls, ages 8 and 9 at the time, were searching for discarded dolls.

McGee, who is now getting one day knocked off his length of sentence for each two days served, will have his sentence served about late September or October of 2008.

They call it "good time", a misnomer to those who believe in strict punishments for crimes such as murder, and brings up the question of how a sentence of 99 years can be served in a little over 40 years.

I've questioned myself many times for even bringing up the murders and McGee's release date. Over the next three days I'll take a closer look at this at this 1966 incident, which is more complicated than it appears at first glance.


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If he killed Phyllis, then he killed Deborah, so why did they not try him for both?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jan 1, 2008, at 4:12 PM

I was only 2 years old when this horrible tragedy happened. My mother has told me many times as I grew up that it was the outcome of this trial that caused her to loose all faith in our judicial system. She did not know the families but she would tell me how 2 girls lives were taken but the killer was only convicted in the death of 1. How could this happen? 2 precious lives were taken so brutally but the killer will be free to walk the streets with the surviving family of Deborah Ray for "good time". No part of this is remotely acceptable!

-- Posted by ontheoutside on Wed, Jan 2, 2008, at 9:58 AM


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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.
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