Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Child predators beware, 500 months is a long time!

Terrance Lynn McGuire, 27, of Canyon, Texas, did one thing right:  He let the little girl he kidnapped go.  Perhaps his conscience was eating at him.


Terrance Lynn McGuire

According to the FBI press release, Terrance stopped a little girl riding her bicycle on the street in Texhoma, Oklahoma on January 18th, 2007.  It was about 6:30 p.m. and he convinced the child into his car.  That is when the child victim began her horror story, something that will live with her for the rest of her life and certainly require special counseling.


Once in his car, Terrance had the child where he wanted her.  He reportedly threatened her, put a mask over her head, tied her up, taped her mouth shut and stuffed her into his truck.  Imagine her terror and she couldn’t even cry out.


What was this monster thinking as he took the widdle little girl for a ride? From Texhoma, Terrance drove his victim to Dumas, Texas, and then to his house in Canyon, Texas.  We don’t know what happened at the Terrance McGuire home.  One can only imagine. 


On January 19th, 2007, this ogre who preys on our nation’s youth, drove the child to Clovis New Mexico.  He stopped at a convenience store and finally freed her from the nightmare she had been facing.  She ran to the clerks in the store and the police were notified. 


Likely, Terrance figured he was getting away with his ugly acts by driving the girl so far.  It didn’t work.  A tip to Texas County Sheriff Rick Caddell gave law enforcement what they needed.  In June 2009, McGuire was identified as the perpetrator of the kidnapping.  There was no struggle when  McGuire was arrested on August 7, 2009, in Canyon, Texas.  The FBI along with the Canyon Police made the collar.


Justice was swift.  On September 15, 2009, McGuire pled guilty to one count of kidnapping and transporting the victim across state lines.  If he had his way with the helpless child he got away with it.  But he will have more than 41 years to think about what he did.  He will probably have less than that.  Many child molesters don’t make it long in the Penn.  They are not popular with the inmate population.


"You would think that in a little community like this that our daughter would be safe,"  Christopher Graham, the victim's father said after her disappearance.


“The protection of our children is, and will remain, a top priority of the United States Attorney's Office and the Department of Justice as a whole," said U.S. Attorney Sanford C. Coats. "These tragic and complicated cases require the cooperative effort of federal, state and local law enforcement. That was certainly true with this case.”


judge vicki miles-lagrange

Judge Vicky Miles-LaGrange


Chief United States District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange  pronounced the sentence.  McGuire will have five years of supervised release if he gets out of prison before he goes to boot hill.  He will, of course, have to register as a sex offender.  There is also a  $7,335.70 sum due the State of Oklahoma for victim assistance.  


The Terrance Lynn McGuire case stands for three propositions: If you go after our children we will track you down and we will find you;  We will punish you to the fullest extent of the law; if you kill our children we will put you on death row, leaving you in a desperate solitude which is worse than death itself.  McGuire did one thing right.

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