Last week, after being fired from his job at a food processing plant in Oklahoma, a man named Alton Nolen attacked and beheaded a former coworker. Seizing on reports that Nolen was a convert to Islam who went by the name Jah’Keem Yisrael, Bryan Fischer has now flown into a frenzy that this crime is proof that ISIS is now in the United States.
But it turns out that, according to Fischer, Islam is not solely to blame for this crime as efforts to legalize or decriminalize drugs are also responsible.
You see, Nolen was sentenced to six years in prison on drug charges back in 2011, but was released after less than two. Then, over a year later, he killed a coworker which is why Fischer declared today that he doesn’t want to hear any more “nonsense” about legalizing drugs!
“Everybody wants to legalize drugs, we’ve got to reduce the penalty for drugs, we’re over-criminalizing drugs” Fischer said dismissively. “If he had done his full six years … then Colleen Hufford would still be alive today. So I don’t want to hear any more nonsense about legalizing [or] decriminalizing drugs”:
You will not be surprised to learn that, contrary to Fischer’s position, Nolen’s release from prison had nothing to do with efforts to legalize or decriminalize drugs:
He began his six-year sentence for cocaine possession April 26, 2011, records show. Because of plea agreements with prosecutors, he was allowed to serve the three prison sentences at the same time.
He was released on March 22, 2013, records show. Because of credits, he was able to complete all three prison sentences in just two years.
Prison records show Nolen was given credit for time spent in jail before prison, good conduct, a transition program and other reasons. One month, he got 151 days total off his time to do, the records show.