Judge Lets Millionaire Who Raped 3-Year-Old Daughter Off on Probation, Gets Death Threats
A Delaware judge who suspended a prison sentence for du Pont heir Robert Richard IV, saying the trust funder would not fare well in prison, is now getting death threats and has been given a security detail.
Earlier this week, Judge Jan Jurden sentenced Richards to the mandatory minimum 10-year prison sentence, only to suspend that sentence and give him probation because the unemployed mansion owner “wouldn’t fare well in prison.”
Richards was accused of sexually assaulting his 3-year-old daughter and his ex-wife has filed a lawsuit claiming he also sexually abused his newborn son.
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, defended the judge, saying “This was not a strong case. The only witness to the crime was the child victim. Judge Jurden exercised sound discretion based solely on the merits of the case.”
Of course, that’s nonsense since Richards was found guilty of fourth-degree rape and was originally sentenced to the minimum term the conviction carries. It’s not as though the case fell apart, merely the judge ruled that Richards, a rich sex offender, would be a target in prison.
Public Defender Brendan O’Neill took objection to the ruling, saying “It’s an extremely rare circumstance that prison serves the inmate well. Prison is to punish, to segregate the offender from society, and the notion that prison serves people well hasn’t proven to be true in most circumstances.”
Richards, unemployed, owns a 5,800-square foot mansion in Greenville worth $1.8 million. He’s also 6-foot-4 and over 250 pounds, so he’d likely do okay in prison.
He has not yet been charged with any crimes relating to his son.