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    I believe she should have gotten a lighter sentence 17 years is too long .I have lived an average life ,no abuse I have been very lucky . I fostered kids for a few years and most of them had been sexually abused .These kids all had major phsycological problems understandably. Unless we walk in someones shoes like tracey's how can we know what her mental state was. I see a few W sluethers have posted that they have suffered abuse and have sympathy for tracey and can show understanding for her actions .I dont mean they condone them but understand that she thought there was no other way out .I agree with them .In tracey's life she has known nothing but abuse and never known a mothers love.
    This is a very tragic case and in my eyes the mother should be doing the 17 years .The tragic part was that 2 innocent kids were killed and not the step father and mother.

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    Dyess draws 45-year term, must serve at least 17 years

    Dyess draws 45-year term, must serve at least 17 years

    Griswold teen will serve at least 17 years

    Atlantic, Ia. ó Relatives of Tracey Dyess, a teenage girl they say was repeatedly sexually abused since age 4 by father figures, cringed at the news that she will be locked up for at least 17 years, but they hope that the long prison sentence means she'll at least get good psychiatric care.

    "If they don't, after 17 years, what's going to have changed?" asked her grandmother, Diane Street, as she wiped tears from her eyes. "She's the victim here."

    The medical director of Iowa's prison system, Dr. Edward O'Brien, said that all prisoners have access to mental health services, but that there is no program dedicated to sexual abuse victims comparable to the program for sexual predators.

    O'Brien whistled when he heard about Dyess' sentence.

    "That's an awfully long time," he said in a telephone interview. "Most of our women are in and out, with fairly short sentences. That young girl's going to be in here for that piece of her life? That's a really bad thing."

    Dyess, 18, pleaded guilty to five felony charges Tuesday, admitting that she set fire to her house in Griswold on March 31 while her family slept. She said she intended to stop her stepfather, Brian Street, from molesting her but ended up killing her sister and nephew instead.

    "I intended to kill Brian. I set the fire," she told the judge in Cass County District Court, her voice calm and unwavering. "My mom was getting ready to leave the house, and I knew what was going to happen. He was going to force himself on me."

    After the fire, Brian Street was charged with sexual abuse of children and possession of child pornography.

    Dyess, whose family history is tangled with abuse, bigamy and other troubles, sidestepped a possible sentence of life in prison on first-degree murder charges by taking the state's offer of a guilty plea on two counts of voluntary manslaughter, two counts of attempted murder and one count of arson.

    The fire killed Kaleb Dyess, 6, and Jessica Dyess, 13, who, according to court documents, was also being sexually abused.

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    pictures

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    Kaleb Dyess


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    Jessica Dyess


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    Deborah Street, Dyess' mother, presses her hand against her mouth in reaction to the sentence.


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    To Oakdale: Tracey Dyess leaves

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    Who was her lawyer? IMO she got what she deserved, but I think Feiger could have gotten her much less and Mesereau could have had her dancing in the street.

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    Sentenced as juveniles

    The Iowa prison system houses 41 inmates sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles. Some inmates, such as Tracey Dyess, were involved in homicides but received lesser sentences. Here are some of the juveniles who have been convicted since 1994 of committing murder and have been sentenced to life in prison, according to Department of Corrections:

    RUTHANN VEAL: Sentenced in May 1994 for the death of Catherine Haynes, 66, of Waterloo. Veal stabbed Haynes 23 times in June 1993 and then took her car, credit cards and checkbook and drove with friends to Iowa City, where the credit cards were used to finance a shopping spree, police said. Veal, 14 at the time and a runaway from a youth detention center, was arrested in Cedar Rapids two days after the crime. She was 17 at the time of her sentencing.

    MICHAEL COFFMAN: Sentenced in October 1995 for the death of Jeremy Allen, 15. Coffman, 17 when sentenced, shot Allen twice in the head on July 25, 1994. The incident occurred in front of students after a driver education class at Ottumwa High School. They had expected a fistfight, a likely follow-up to the boys' angry exchange over a 15-year-old girl, students said.

    KRISTINA FETTERS: Sentenced to life in prison in December 1995, Fetters, of Des Moines, was convicted of hitting Arlene Louise Klehm, 73, her great-aunt, in the head with a skillet and then stabbing her to death with kitchen knives in October 1994. At the time of the sentencing, Fetters was 15.

    BURT SMITH and JAYSON SPEAKS: The two 17-year-olds were sentenced in 1996 for the death of Rebecca Hauser in rural Union on Oct. 4, 1994. Both from Missouri, the teens were running away to Canada and wanted another vehicle when they pulled Hauser over, using the postal lights equipped on their vehicle. Hauser was shot once in the face ....



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    Quote Originally Posted by PrayersForMaura
    Sentenced as juveniles

    The Iowa prison system houses 41 inmates sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles. Some inmates, such as Tracey Dyess, were involved in homicides but received lesser sentences. Here are some of the juveniles who have been convicted since 1994 of committing murder and have been sentenced to life in prison, according to Department of Corrections:

    RUTHANN VEAL: Sentenced in May 1994 for the death of Catherine Haynes, 66, of Waterloo. Veal stabbed Haynes 23 times in June 1993 and then took her car, credit cards and checkbook and drove with friends to Iowa City, where the credit cards were used to finance a shopping spree, police said. Veal, 14 at the time and a runaway from a youth detention center, was arrested in Cedar Rapids two days after the crime. She was 17 at the time of her sentencing.

    MICHAEL COFFMAN: Sentenced in October 1995 for the death of Jeremy Allen, 15. Coffman, 17 when sentenced, shot Allen twice in the head on July 25, 1994. The incident occurred in front of students after a driver education class at Ottumwa High School. They had expected a fistfight, a likely follow-up to the boys' angry exchange over a 15-year-old girl, students said.

    KRISTINA FETTERS: Sentenced to life in prison in December 1995, Fetters, of Des Moines, was convicted of hitting Arlene Louise Klehm, 73, her great-aunt, in the head with a skillet and then stabbing her to death with kitchen knives in October 1994. At the time of the sentencing, Fetters was 15.

    BURT SMITH and JAYSON SPEAKS: The two 17-year-olds were sentenced in 1996 for the death of Rebecca Hauser in rural Union on Oct. 4, 1994. Both from Missouri, the teens were running away to Canada and wanted another vehicle when they pulled Hauser over, using the postal lights equipped on their vehicle. Hauser was shot once in the face ....



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    Sounds like a great bunch of "children" I'am glad they are behind bars!

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    This girls 'step father' received 40 years for sex crimes. Tracey will be eligible for parole in 14, but he will not be eligible for 30+.

    "Street said he did not deserve to go to prison." Um. Yea you do.

    http://www.radioiowa.com/2008/07/11/...-brian-street/

    Brian street DOES NOT come up under the Iowa Offender Locator though. WTF?

    http://www.doc.state.ia.us/OffenderInfo.asp#list

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    http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/InmateFinde...Age=&x=64&y=12

    he was up on federal charges..looks like he is in federal prison in fl

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    As a survivor of long-term sexual abuse myself, I think that if you have been lucky enough to not live your childhood in a constant state of panic and survival mode, you probably really don't understand that what seems clear and obvious to you probably did not to someone like Tracey. Living in a "weird" environment your whole life makes you weird. I am here to tell you that while I never murdered anyone, I did sleep with steak knives under my pillow and I had many a murderous thought. I had never heard of CPS, foster care, etc and calling the cops never entered my mind. When you are abused from a young age, and I don't understand the pschology behind this myself, you become as desperate to keep the secret as your abuser is. It doesn't mean you enjoy the abuse. It doesn't mean you don't want it to stop. You might tell a person or two but if those people don't help you, you might stop telling and that option no longer seems viable to you. You feel completely on your own and responsible for your own survival. IMO Tracey probably knew that her mother was aware. No help was coming on that front. I'm not saying she should walk, but I can really put myself in her place and understand how she came to feel that setting that fire was her only option. We know she had a lot of options. I feel pretty sure she didn't think she had any.

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    This girl's reality was not our reality. After abuse all her life her perception and judgement would be so off. She did not know how to go for help the right way or couldn't bring herself to do it after all she'd been through. Even though children are being abused they fear telling and breaking up their family, because although it is abusive it is all they know. It is still their family. She should have been put in a hospital for a long long stretch of treatment.

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