Waiters sentenced to life in prison
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Anthony Waiters was sentenced to life in prison today.
Anthony Waiters was sentenced to life in prison today.
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STOCKTON — On a day he was sentenced to life in prison, Anthony Waiters told a judge, a full courtroom and his accuser that he remains innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted.

“I tell you today, I did not commit these crimes,” said Waiters, who was found guilty Nov. 23 of nine counts relating to the torture of a captive teen in Tracy. “... It’s unfathomable the things that are being alleged to me.”

“I can’t understand this verdict,” he added during a speech to the court, often pausing as if at a loss for words.

Waiters added that he had no ill will toward his teenage accuser or his family.

Though Waiters, a friend and family members pleaded for mercy, Judge Terrence Van Oss gave the Tracy resident three life sentences that will be served at the same time.

A jury decided that Waiters helped three other Tracy residents beat, burn and otherwise torture Kyle Ramirez, a teenager who was held prisoner in a Tennis Lane house for several months in 2008 before he escaped to a nearby health club with a shackle still around his ankle.

Kelly Lau, Michael Schumacher and Carén Ramirez previously accepted plea deals for sentences of more than 30 years in prison.

Waiters will be eligible for parole in 16 years, four months — he must serve nine years, four months that remain of an 11-year, eight-month sentence as well as seven years of his life sentence before applying.

Van Oss said that, in the most bizarre case he’s seen from the bench, he trusted the jury in its verdict.

“They couldn’t make this stuff up,” he said after listening to Waiters, his supporters and Kyle’s family. “It’s impossible to tell who’s sincere here. … But that’s why we have a jury system.”

But Waiters’ mother, friend and aunt all insisted that the man they know could not have committed the atrocities leveled against him.

“Tony has never had any problems. He had one speeding ticket in high school,” said his mother, Alice Waiters. She told the court that her son was good with kids, and helped her raise several foster children after losing his father at age 16. “The picture that’s been painted of him really hurts me as a mother.”

She, along with a friend who called Waiters “kind, sincere, honest and giving,” begged Van Oss to stay the sentence, sometimes through tears.

“I don’t see justice in this,” Alice Waiters said. “Judge, this is wrong. And I pray for your mercy.”

After Waiters was sentenced, the three walked arm in arm out of the courtroom without speaking to reporters. They were accompanied by Bobby Bivens, the president of the Stockton NAACP chapter, who also made a short statement in court.

Kyle’s aunt, uncle and father — with whom he has lived for nearly two years — spoke briefly during the hearing.

Sydney Perry, Kyle’s aunt, said it was clear that the jury was right in convicting Waiters.

“(Kyle) didn’t make it up,” she said. “The scars on his body didn’t appear from nowhere.”

She and Ralph Perry, Kyle’s uncle, said that the family’s happy this stage in Kyle’s life is over and that now he can hopefully move on.

“It’s tremendous closure for our family,” Sydney Perry said following the hearing.

Prosecutor Angela Hayes, who called the sentence “very fair,” said the district attorney’s office was “elated” the trial was finally over.

Waiters’ case, however, might not have seen its final day before a judge. Waiters has 60 days to file an appeal of his verdict to the San Joaquin County Superior Court.

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TracyMomof5
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March 12, 2011
Dewichmansmall, you are just as sadistic as waiters and seeing that w you were the only person to support him speaks volumns. Since you support people that do terrible thongs you will becwith your friend forever since you will both rot in hell.

Only negative abiut kyle is The only thing I will say is his aunt and uncle could have taken him. The face his mother did nit give them custody shows they are there for the $$$ he will get from Savramento.

EllieS
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March 02, 2011
Why do 3 life sentences translate to:

Waiters will be eligible for parole in 16 years, four months — he must serve nine years, four months that remain of an 11-year, eight-month sentence as well as seven years of his life sentence before applying.

This is what is wrong with our justice system. When you say 3 life sentences it should mean you never see the light of day no matter what, end of story.
TracyCitizen
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March 02, 2011
A supporter of Waiters quotes:

"We will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends".

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This is a quote from MLK that is better suited for Waiters.

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."



Martin Luther King, Jr.

sdsailer
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March 01, 2011
This has been a very sad story all around. Justice has prevailed. But something is still nagging at me, where were Kyle's aunt, uncle and father, who he now lives with, before all of this?

Whydowelivehere
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March 01, 2011
@shelly 13: Touche!

@dewichmansmall: As his friend maybe that was some advice you should have shared with him.

I hope that Kyle can move forward and enjoy his life.
shelly13
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March 01, 2011
Well that is an interesting quote from Martin Luther King Jr.

...the silence of our friends? Maybe Waiters should not have been silent. He should have spoken up for Kyle.
dewichmansmall
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March 01, 2011
TracyMomof5, if you are going to take the time to go out of your way to make a negative commnent about me, please try to at least spell my name correctly, it's De Rita Wichman-Small. I was very honored to speak to the judge on behalf of my good friend and to be there in support each day for the past 2 years. I am not ashamed nor will I ever feel ashamed.

"We will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends".

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

« TracyMomof5 wrote on Monday, Feb 28 at 06:09 PM »

That friend is 1997 West High Graduate De Rita Witchman-Smal, she is just as sadist as he is to support and stick up for him and to speak on his behalf in the courtroom.

amandab331
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March 01, 2011
It does not matter if he physically did anything to the kid or not....HE'S GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION! I teach my kids that everyday! It you do not step up when something is wrong, you are equally as guilty as the person who is doing wrong. He should have stepped up when he 1st witnessed what was happening to Kyle. Guess he'll have time to think about the choice he made since he decided to keep quiet!
Sneaky
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February 28, 2011
Ugh. "sentenced to life for life" conflicts just a wee bit with "eligible for parole in 16 years". If I were to suddenly become kind of the world I would immediately ban all forms of parole, even if it meant shorter initial sentences. The parole system is a farce and is insulting to the victims. It teaches the criminals the wrong lesson; that they will never actually have to serve their sentences.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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February 28, 2011
But he had good intentions. Don't that count fer somethang?

Isn't thair an ole sayin about th road ta hell bein paved wide with good intentions?
dukejack
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February 28, 2011
He knew a child was chained to he fireplace and was being abused and he did nothing. He could have stepped up and been a hero, he chose to go along by doing nothing, now he goes to prison where he will have at least 19 years to think about it.
LAM75
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February 28, 2011
WOW. He wanted a separate trial and the worst came from it.
shelly13
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February 28, 2011
I agree if he did this then the punishment is just.

Is there any way that maybe he did not do it and the teen thinks maybe the guy knew what was going on or should have known so he is angry and accusatory of him also?

It just seems weird to me.

Bubba the "Bootie" Bandit. Too funny:)
A_DOGS_LIFE
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February 28, 2011
This guy gets what he deserves now let Bubba the Boody Bandit take care of him
jonpaul
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February 28, 2011
He should have pled like the rest of them.

Oh well, have a nice life!
doors17
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February 28, 2011
From the Stockton Record...

STOCKTON – A Tracy man received a likely life prison sentence today for torturing a 16-year-old boy identified as Kyle.

Yet Anthony Waiters, 31, stood in court and spoke publicly for the first time since his arrest more than two years ago, maintaining that he never hurt Kyle.

“I tell you today, I did not commit these crimes,” he said, addressing Kyle and Kyle’s family, who were in court. “He said I hated him. I did not hate him.”

San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Terrence Van Oss sentenced Waiters to what could be a minimum of nearly 19 years in prison before he is eligible for parole. Waiters will first serve a determinant term of nearly 12 years for the abuse. After that, Waiters will begin serving a life sentence for the torture conviction.



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