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Lodi resident sentenced for making phony driver's licenses

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Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 6:04 am, Tue Aug 24, 2010.

Denny Russell Gomes, the Lodi resident who produced fraudulent driver's licenses at the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Stockton, was sentenced to 27 months in prison Monday by United States District Judge Frank Damrell Jr.

"I think it was an unduly harsh sentence," said Gomes' lawyer, Michael Babitzke.

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  • Gloria Munoz posted at 3:58 pm on Wed, Aug 25, 2010.

    gloria munoz Posts: 4

    I This guy Gomes , and people like him have taken it upon themselves to ruin peoples lives w/their fraudulent documents.I bet this will not be his last time either.Now that he has basically thrown his life in the trash , he will have to make a quick buck somewhere else, because decent good paying jobs like he "had", will not be available to him.Unless he lies, on his applications, and I wouldn't put it past him. No pity here.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 3:40 pm on Wed, Aug 25, 2010.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Princessa appears to have disappeared. I wonder where she may have gone.

  • Gloria Munoz posted at 3:26 pm on Wed, Aug 25, 2010.

    gloria munoz Posts: 4

    Well princessa,, I totally agree w/all the comments I've read, and would like to add that your friend who took it upon himself to make fraudulent documents is getting off way too easy.Personally I would have liked to have seen the courts be harsher w / their sentence, I do have a personal agenda , due to being a victim of identify theft for the past 10 years, and

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 8:54 am on Wed, Aug 25, 2010.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Princessa, you are obviously much too close to the subject to be rational in your thinking. My advice to you would be to simply avoid reading any of the comments posted here. Your insistence that there was no compassion in Opinion8ted's post leaves me wondering how you could possibly know that. Are you now judging someone you apparently don't know just as you demand he/she not pass judgment on Mr. Gomes? Yeah, I think you're just a tad too involved to be objective.

    From what I can tell from this story, Mr. Gomes violated the trust placed in him as an employee of the State of California for nothing more than financial gain. As such I don't believe his sentence is too harsh, as his attorney and evidently you believe it to be. If you believe his motives to be more altruistic than that, please share them with us. Nevertheless, if it were me preparing for such a long time behind bars, I think I'd be the first one to call myself an idiot and/or mentally challenged.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:10 am on Wed, Aug 25, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Princessa Raquel posted at 3:22 pm on Tue, Aug 24, 2010.
    Posts: 2 okay, first off, who are you to judge him

    I can imagine that you were upset with Opinion8ted due to reasons only you know.... however, a reasonable person would think Mr Gomes felt his activities were more important than his family.They now will have to suffer with him being gone. Maybe Idiot is the wrong word.... I am curious what word would you select to describe Mr Gomes... some choices may be, thoughtless, selfish, Im really not sure which word is best. What ever the word, can we not all agree that the consequences of his actions resulted in a very bad outcome for all.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 8:47 pm on Tue, Aug 24, 2010.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    My, my Princessa, you seem to completely miss the point of an opinion-based forum, which is precisely what this is.

    First off for you, Mr. Gomes has already been judged and sentenced for his crimes. The News-Sentinel found it appropriate to report the story. Perhaps you thought they were wrong to bring it to our attention?

    Now, is this Gomes fella an "idiot?" Accepting that he was evidently not found “not guilty by reason of mental defect,” I think it is safe to surmise that a certain level of stupidity must have been in play as he was planning and then perpetrating his misdeeds. Therefore, I would wholeheartedly agree with Opinion8ted's assessment. I would also believe that Mr. Gomes might also believe himself to be at least somewhat idiotic as he now prepares to spend more than two years in prison.

    Of course you are free to jump in with your opinion as well. But to insist that anyone keep their mouths shut simply because you don't like their view on a forum created for the free-flow of ideas that include stating what one feels or believes about any given subject may also lead others to believe that that person may also be mentally challenged. Of course, I might be wrong.

    By the way, Opinion8ted only expressed his sorrow for the criminal's family; he doesn't need to know them in order to feel that way. He was showing compassion.



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