Huron County Prosecutor Russ Leffler called the three-year sentence too lenient.
“My idea is that by killing a child he should have been in prison the full 10 years,” Leffler said after convicted child killer Paul Efaw was released from prison. “He could have gotten 10 but he got three.”
Efaw was convicted on a voluntary manslaughter charge after he stabbed his 11-year-old foster daughter to death in October 2004.
Efaw’s defense attorney argued that Efaw was defending himself and the child was stabbed after the two scuffled for a knife. But Leffler recalled testimony from the trial that Efaw repeatedly stabbed the child in the chest.
A jury found Efaw guilty, but Judge Earl McGimpsey cut the 62-year-old a break at sentencing, giving him the minimum three years rather than the full 10-year sentence requested by Leffler. McGimpsey justified the lighter sentence because Efaw was a first-time offender.
We side with Leffler and appreciate his continuing objection to what amounts to a slap on the wrist for the brutal killing of a child who was a ward of the state.
There might be extenuating circumstances for a whole host of criminal convictions that would warrant leniency in sentencing.
This, however, is not one of them.