Fort Worth Homeless Man Gets Seven Years For Firebombing Wendy Davis' Senate Office

Categories: Crime

CedricCarmondSteel.jpg
Cedric Carmond Steel
On March 20, 2012, a year before her filibuster against abortion restrictions catapulted her to national stardom and a gubernatorial bid, state Senator Wendy Davis had the singular distinction of having her Fort Worth office firebombed.

Davis wasn't in her office, and no one was injured, but the bag that was thrown at her door, filled with a half dozen Molotov cocktails, did cause a small fire that was quickly extinguished by an employee. It also landed 42-year-old Cedric Carmond Steele in jail.

Steele pleaded guilty to an arson charge today and agreed to a seven-year prison term, according to Tarrant County prosecutors.

Deputy Chief District Attorney Jack Strickland said he spoke with Davis before accepting Steele's plea and that she was in agreement with the punishment.

Steele does not seem to have had a political motive. The district attorney's office describes him as a "homeless man with a history of mental illness."

Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.


Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
12 comments
WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA
WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA

"Probably the most appropriate thing to consider when something like this happens is just that respect for differences of opinion sometimes is absent," Davis told us. "Especially when we're talking about issues like Planned Parenthood. Hopefully, whether this was related to that or not, it's a reminder to us that we should be respectful in our tone and be careful about the choice of words that we use."


Davis said she hopes the incident at her office "is a reminder that when we use words and we speak in ways to try to incite negative emotion, that there are consequences to that. We have to mindful of the fact that there are people who may not be as stable as some of us. Using those kinds of emotional pleas, for lack of a better way of saying it, can have a response."

doublecheese
doublecheese

I'm all about law and order, but something's not right here.  A homeless man with a history of mental illness does not become cured of his mental illness while still homeless.  He's got no motive other than he's a complete lunatic.  Are there no mental facilities for this man?  What good does sending him to prison do?  Seven years in prison doesn't serve anyone.  Thankfully, nobody was hurt and there was little damage done.  I don't see the justice here.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@bvckvs

That's a holdover habit from the Liberal Mother Ship, Soviet Russia. Anyone who dissented from The State was classified as mentally ill and disappeared. Our libs have always tried to emulate that approach. Trouble is, as with Harry Reid and Joe Biden, etc., they look like total loons when they try.

So, that's why they have to use the State machine, like the IRS, EPA, etc.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@NAMBLA

Sheesh, the guy was obviously just a nut, but she tries to play the martyr.

Kinda reminds me of the time prominent, insane democrats within hours blamed Sarah Palin for the Gabby Giffords shooting.

Never miss the opportunity to exploit a crisis.

lebowski300
lebowski300

There's a decent chance that regular food and no booze might go a long way to restore his mental faculties.

roo_ster
roo_ster

@doublecheese  

I hear ya.  I am all for re-building the state nut houses & funny farms.  Which is where a large percentage of our "homeless" population belongs.  

But, no.  

An illegal alien craps out 5 anchor babies (births paid for by taxpayers) who get on the full panoply of welfare, plus public schooling later.  Plus maybe crazy checks.

But some obviously disturbed citizen who has no business being on their own gets tossed to the street as soon as they are ambulatory and fit to bursting with anti-psychotic drugs.


WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA
WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA

@TheRuddSki  Oh she TRIED to link herself with Giffords of course(Let no tragedy go unexploited by a Dem) 


Davis said when she heard of the attack, she thought of the January 2011 shootings in Arizona in which six people were killed and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 13 others were wounded.

“It’s a sad but true fact of public service that we have to feel concerned sometimes for our personal safety,” Davis continued,”But we can’t let that stop us.”

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@NAMBLA

So brave a woman, in this day and age!

Considering that American liberals, who want nothing to do with an actual brave woman - Hirse Ali - always want to blame the NRA, and law-abiding citizens, not the violence-glorifying culture of Hollywood or urban music, or criminals, for any gun violence in America.

In this forum, that would be Myrna and bvckvs.

Now Trending

Dallas Concert Tickets

Around The Web

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...