Caughhorn's Uncle Laments "Horseplay" Sentence - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

02/21/05

Caughhorn's Uncle Laments "Horseplay" Sentence

Joey Caughhorn's uncle still can't believe that last April's jail altercation was horseplay. That was the word investigators used to describe the incident. "He's had a third of his brain removed out of his head," Brett Caughhorn said. "And that's just not horseplay. I'm sorry if the sheriff's office perceives that as horseplay, then whatever they call violent, I would like to see."

Brett Caughhorn is still stewing about his nephew's predicament. "Basically the family has been just focusing on the healing process," he said.

Despite an outpouring of love and support, Joey Caughhorn probably won't get back the mental capacity he lost in the jailhouse fracas. "As far as we know, he's really not going to be much better at all than what he is," the uncle said.

The part that frustrates the Caughhorn family the most is the sentence given to the horseplay suspect. Joey Caughhorn has permanent injuries. So his uncle wants to know why Calvin Long received just a 13 year sentence for the assault and for other crimes. "Thirteen years, if that's the DA's office getting tough on crime and handing down tough sentences, I just feel that that's not tough enough," he said.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence told the Mississippi Press newspaper the plea deal was an example of his office's tough stance against violent offenders.

Joey Caughhorn is 22 years old and has four children. This summer, some area bands may put on a benefit concert to help the family cope with any financial problems.

The Caughhorns are also considering a lawsuit. But right now, their focus is on Joey's recovery.

by Brad Kessie

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