Bond amounts for crimes out of whack in these Manatee County cases

July 28, 2013 

How do they calculate bond amounts?

Eric Ray was charged with luring or enticing a child and his bond is set at $500, the same as a DUI charge. While driving under the influence is a serious crime, how can the bond for trying to entice a 12-year-old girl to go outside behind the south Bradenton library to make a few bucks not warrant a larger bond?

I can't believe that former Port Manatee executive Robert Armstrong, who obviously made some bad decisions but who ultimately was trying to help his son by buying back stolen property from a pawn shop, gets a $7,500.00 bond.

Meanwhile, Eric Ray, a man who is hanging out at a library looking for potential young naive girls to prey on, gets out for pennies. I see people that are charged with theft and burglary with bonds from $1,000 to $15,000 for taking items that can be replaced. The objects that Eric Ray might have taken cannot replace the innocence stolen from any child that falls victims to predators.

Anthony Valentino

Bradenton

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