Nearly five years after the downtown Hereford House is torched to the ground, business leader Rod Anderson is sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiring with two co-defendants to burn down the landmark restaurant for the insurance money. Anderson was a part-owner in the more than 50 year old eatery at 20th and Main.
In another closely watched case, a Roman Catholic priest from the Kansas City area who admitted taking pornographic photos of children in a story that captured national attention in 2011 is sentenced to 50 years in prison. Shawn Ratigan complained before a packed courtroom the sentence was too long. “Prison is hell,” he told the judge. “I know I deserve 15 years. But 50 years? Come on, I don’t think so.”
Were there broader implications to these two cases and the sentences handed down this week?