The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

September 10, 2013


Your Views


TARBORO — To the Editor:

Sheriff Knight’s “guys” may have worked hard on the case concerning Melvin Ray Fox, but did they really? Probably not for the sheriff, but for someone else behind the scenes. Not condoning Mr. Fox for his crime, because he should be punished, but not necessarily in the manner of leaving behind his wife as well as his 3-, 5- 7- and 13-year-old children.

Although what he did was wrong, neither he nor his family deserve this punishment. So you are certainly right when you say this is the “stiffest” sentence handed down in this county! Mr. Fox has undergone a rough two years since his arrest, building his life back up, paying lawyers fees, regaining trust from family, friends and colleagues, and keeping it together for himself and his family. He has already learned from his mistake, a mistake that so many others have made repeatedly and are still riding the streets without any change in themselves. Ray Fox has made a lot of changes in his life to get past all of this and to do right by his family. Why keep punishing him and his family? If an article as demeaning as the one printed on September 6 about this case is necessary, then how come there aren’t so many more printed? Because although Ray Fox doesn’t have the best reputation, he is a very good man and has family that is affected by what he does and what is said about him. There are people out of jail that are much more deserving of his punishment than he is. So for Sheriff Knight’s “guys”, keep up the “good work” and I hope you and your colleagues sleep well at night knowing what kind of hardship you are putting innocent families through when the case is treated unfairly! Same goes to you Steve Graham, Walter Godwin...and Van Holland for letting family business be known without knowing all the details of what you are writing about.

Sandy Fox


(EDITOR’S NOTE: The writer of the letter is Melvin Fox’s wife. Mr. Fox’ sentence met sentencing guideline standards and he was sentenced according to law. His sentence was longer because he was, in-fact, convicted of trafficking instead of possessing the drug, which The Daily Southerner noted in the story. It seems to us that Mr. Fox created the hardships to which the writer refers and not everyone else. Just as law enforcement and the judicial system did their respective jobs in regards to Mr. Fox’ activities, so did this newspaper, as we regularly write about criminal and court activity as it is reported to us by local law enforcement.)