As word spread of the Judies' singer Warren Ullom receiving a 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to the charge of voluntary manslaughter in the drug overdose death of Rachel San Inocencio, the community has been divided. After posting the press release form the office of Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., on Crib Notes and Facebook, supporters and naysayers have weighed in with their thoughts.
The loudest and most insensitive comments have drawn attention away from the more thoughtful voices in the conversation. On Thurs., June 10 Slush Fund Recordings, the label that released the Judies debut CD released the following statement. (The Judies' management team's earlier criticism of allegations in the DA's press release can be found here.)
On Monday, June 7, 2010, Warren Eugene Ullom, the 24 year old lead singer of the Atlanta rock group The Judies pled guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in connection with the overdose death of Rachel San Inocencio which occurred on June 6, 2008. Facing a potential lifetime in prison, Mr. Ullom accepted a plea and was sentenced to 20 years. The sad death of Ms. Inocencio and Mr. Ullom’s conviction are a grim reminder of the dangers of using heroin. Judge Doris Downs, who sentenced Mr. Ullom, solemnly commented, “one life has been lost in this incident and now we are losing another.” Mr. Ullom has been drug free for over 18 months and has been a positive and creative member of society since the unfortunate 2008 incident.
David W. Prasse, an entertainment attorney and co-owner of The Judies’ label, said, “Warren is one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever met. He’s a gifted songwriter, amazing entertainer and a truly brilliant person. I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time with him over the last year as this impending situation had been hanging over his head. He managed to turn his life around and remarkably he focused on his music and worked to keep his friends from being depressed about his situation. Over the last year he’s become one of my best friends and I miss him already. This was a no win situation. On behalf of his family and friends, we wish him a speedy release.”
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It Ain't Cool says,
This verdict was no surprise to him or his camp. He had even been offered a lower sentence and they passed. Then a new DA stepped in and wiped the negotiations clean. Hence his new deal. He could have had 2-5. Oh well, to my mind he got what he deserved. Heroin highs don't make you so confused that you do not know the absolute difference between right and wrong. He could have googled how to wake an od'd person. Or he simply could have called 911 and said she needed help. Nothing would have happened to him. Maybe a possession charge if he didn't toss it. Instead he did all that callous nonsense and the girl died sans her earrings. He probably took the money and bought more junk. And what is even more unbelievable is that for the past 3 weeks his camp has been recording a final album knowing he was about to go bye-bye. If he had cancer and was about to die, a posthumous record would make sense. Going to jail for voluntary manslaughter is not a reason to record a new album. What a bunch of sleezeballs. Good luck little label marketing that record. Unless it comes out on Death Row. Murder raps sell records, Bowie wanna be sounding bands not so much.
Shay Buckley on Facebook says,
It's truly heartwarming to see so many people reveling in the destruction of the life of one of their peers. I forgot how much more important it is to be amusing than compassionate.
Cj Bargamian on Facebook says,
No kidding. I'm not standing up for the dude's actions in the least, but shit - I hate seeing ANYONE's life get fucked. That goes for him, the girl, both of their families and friends. He deserves anything he gets (as do we all), but that doesn't mean we can't be sad that lives are being ruined.
people do fucked up things when they are fucked up on drugs. its not funny, its really sad. a girl is dead, and warren now gets to spend what coulda been the greatest years of his life in prison. so many kids in this music scene are really messing up- its one thing to party but addiction is a whole other thing. so joke all you want ass holes- but if you tried these drugs, you would get hooked, and you would probally do the same damn thing. get it together atl.
When you feel sorry for this guy you do a disservice yourself, to him and to the girl whose death was his responsibility. If you give someone like this the benefit of the doubt, you might as well be shooting up too.
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