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Who knew spammers were violent?  Edward Davidson, the Spam King, escaped from a minimum security federal prison aided by his wife.
U.S. Attorney Troy Eid said Edward "Eddie" Davidson, whom the authorities called the "Spam King," and the other two were found at the home in a rural part of Bennett, about 25 miles east of Denver. He said Davidson shot himself.

Eid said the woman and girl were also dead from gunshots.

Authorities had been searching for Davidson, 35, since Sunday, when he and his wife drove away from a minimum-security federal prison in Florence, 90 miles south of Denver.

Davidson was sentenced April 28 to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay $714,139 in restitution to the IRS after pleading guilty to falsifying header information to send spam e-mail, tax evasion and criminal forfeiture.


Wow. but what exactly was he in prison for, that obviously drove him nuts?

Eid said that after leaving the federal prison complex in an SUV on Sunday with his wife, Davidson drove to the Denver suburb of Lakewood, got a change of clothes, cash, and then left.

Prosecutors said that from 2002 to 2005, Davidson's business, Power Promoters, and his subcontractors would spam people's inboxes with e-mails promoting items like watches and perfume.

From 2005 through part of 2006, he sent thousands of e-mails from his home in Bennett, sometimes with false information, on behalf of a Houston company promoting a penny stock as an excellent investment, according to a plea agreement. His bank account deposits from 2003 to 2006 totaled $3.5 million, the plea agreement said.

Prosecutors said they also found about $380,000 that he had stashed in his girlfriend's bank account over three years, and purchases totaling $418,000 from a company that sells gold, platinum, palladium and silver coins.

Prosecutors did not identify the girlfriend in court documents.

When Davidson was sentenced, U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger noted it was Davidson's first serious conviction, and that he was supporting three children, which documents did not identify. She noted Davidson had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A condition of his sentence was that he undergo mental health counseling.

Note that I hate spam and tax cheating is a serious crime, however I have a problem with putting people in jail for non-violent crimes that do not result in anyone being physically harmed...even federal camp sleep-away is still clearly prison. For example, switching heart meds with placebos to make an extra buck is non-violent...however, people will die or become sick from such a scheme, so that perp should go to jail to think about how his greed killed and maimed others. 

But stealing money? From either the government or others? No. The prisons are already brimming over with petty thieves and  druggies.  Real violent criminals are getting paroled because of lack of space.  No, thieves and scammers like Spam King should be forced to pay restitution, their assets should be taken, community service should be mandated for an extended period of time, like years. That would give them something to think about, that would bring about some restitution and rehabilitation without turning a theif into a hardcore criminal thru contact with the penal system.

Prisons in their present form don't rehabilitate anyone.  They make criminals more hardened, more crazy, more angry.  Ever watched Lockdown?  Do you think a cesspool of despair, controlled mayhem, and rage like that can rehabilitate anyone?  Petty thieves and druggies go there and either get hurt and taken advantage of or they harden and become one of the imates in the asylum.

Our justice system needs to be overhauled.  Our lock 'em all up attitude is helping no one. Are we not smart enough to come up with a better tool to deter and punish criminality other than jail? Obviously the threat of jail doesn't do much to scare anyone off committing crimes...so what can we come up with that will keep the Spam Kings out of the meat grinder and really help them get their lives together and become a productive member of society?

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