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Knight Funeral Home

903 Hartford Avenue
White River Junction, VT 05001
(802) 295-2100
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Jim Kenyon: Rethinking Sentence of Small-Time Dealer Who Killed Cop - Valley News

Monday, June 06, 2016

But emotions got the better of me that September day nearly 13 years ago. I wasn’t alone. A lot of people in the White River Junction courtroom nodded in approval after Judge Mary Miles Teachout handed down the sentence. Even law enforcement officers who came to see justice served seemed surprised at its severity. They were expecting Daley to get 20 years, at the most.But who could find fault with Teachout’s decision?Johnson, 39, was a husband and father of three young children. A 17-year state police veteran, he was killed on June 15, 2003 — Father’s Day. The “Mayor of Bradford,” as his obituary called him, was also a high school basketball coach who “loved serving the youth in local communities.” There wasn’t a church around large enough to hold his memorial service. Five days after his death in Oxbow High School’s 1,600-seat gym, there was barely an empty seat or dry eye.Daley was a 23-year-old small-time drug dealer from Springfield, Vt., who sold mostly marijuana. A high school dropout who liked fast cars and partying.On that fateful Sunday afternoon, Trooper Michael Smith stopped Daley for speeding on Interstate 91 South in Thetford. From a quick background check, Smith discovered that Daley had a short rap sheet for drug offenses, but hadn’t spent any time behind bars.Smith and Sgt. Tim Page, who had also pulled up to the scene in his cruiser, wanted to bring in a drug-sniffing dog to go over Daley’s car, but finding a canine unit close by was taking a while. Whether state police had probable cause to detain Daley beyond the time it took to write a speeding ticket is a legal issue up for debate.Daley, sitting in his car, grew antsier by the minute. After having just met wi...

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Jim Kenyon: Rethinking Sentence of Small-Time Dealer Who Killed Cop - Valley News

Monday, June 06, 2016

But emotions got the better of me that September day nearly 13 years ago. I wasn’t alone. A lot of people in the White River Junction courtroom nodded in approval after Judge Mary Miles Teachout handed down the sentence. Even law enforcement officers who came to see justice served seemed surprised at its severity. They were expecting Daley to get 20 years, at the most.But who could find fault with Teachout’s decision?Johnson, 39, was a husband and father of three young children. A 17-year state police veteran, he was killed on June 15, 2003 — Father’s Day. The “Mayor of Bradford,” as his obituary called him, was also a high school basketball coach who “loved serving the youth in local communities.” There wasn’t a church around large enough to hold his memorial service. Five days after his death in Oxbow High School’s 1,600-seat gym, there was barely an empty seat or dry eye.Daley was a 23-year-old small-time drug dealer from Springfield, Vt., who sold mostly marijuana. A high school dropout who liked fast cars and partying.On that fateful Sunday afternoon, Trooper Michael Smith stopped Daley for speeding on Interstate 91 South in Thetford. From a quick background check, Smith discovered that Daley had a short rap sheet for drug offenses, but hadn’t spent any time behind bars.Smith and Sgt. Tim Page, who had also pulled up to the scene in his cruiser, wanted to bring in a drug-sniffing dog to go over Daley’s car, but finding a canine unit close by was taking a while. Whether state police had probable cause to detain Daley beyond the time it took to write a speeding ticket is a legal issue up for debate.Daley, sitting in his car, grew antsier by the minute. After having just met wi...