In a totally unscientific poll taken over the Internet, 23% of the respondents favored the death penalty for the defendants that allegedly beat up Victoria Lindsay for the now infamous reason of filming the beating to post it on MySpace and YouTube.
Another 22.5% of respondents favored a sentence from 15 years to life in prison, which means that 45.5% of the respondents felt that the offense was serious enough to warrant serious prison time and even death.
Victoria Lindsay is the 16-year-old cheerleader from Mulberry High School in Lakeland, Florida, who was lured to her then residence and allegedly beaten by six classmates and cheerleaders until she was unconscious. Then, once she regained consciousness, she was beaten some more.
Victoria suffered a concussion, vision and hearing loss, a chipped tooth and numerous abrasions from the incident.
The Polk County Sheriff’s office released two videos of the beating. The first video was released not long after the beating incident, which occurred March 31, 2008. The second video was released about May 22nd.
20% of the poll’s respondents favored a prison sentence of 5-15 years, while 23% favored 1-5 years behind bars.
9% thought that six months in jail was justified, and 3% favored probation.
Here are the exact results of the poll along with the wording used:
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