FAMU student faces sentencing

Florida A&M University alumnus Marcus Barrington left the Leon County Federal Building Friday afternoon in the custody of U.S. Marshals. 

Reports stated that Barrington showed no emotion after hearing the final verdict.

The rehabilitation of a person who commits a crime doesn’t depend on the severity of the punishment but more on the lessons learned from the initial mistake. 

The blank emotion on a criminal’s face after sentencing may suggest that the guilty person is knowledgeable of the crime and prepared mentally for the consequences that may follow.

Barrington was found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and unauthorized computer access, three counts of aggravated identity theft of FAMU employees and one substantive count of unauthorized computer access.

U.S. District Judge Stephan Mickle classified Barrington as a “flight risk.”

Federal crimes are treated with higher sensitivity because they deal with more serious offenses compared to state crimes.

As a result, Barrington was not even given the option for bail before his sentencing.

The fact that Barrington showed no emotion or response displayed a sign of no remorse for the crimes. 

Had he showed signs of regret he could possibly be a free man awaiting trial instead of an inmate in a federal prison right now.

Barrington never exemplified his repentance or apologetic feelings toward the situation at any time during the trial. 

His actions caused a major ripple effect that negatively impacted his freedom and worst of all, Florida A&M University’s reputation.  

Mike King for the Editorial Board.