Posted 11/4/2013 12:56 PM by MDGREGORY
‘Frequent fliers’ rack up criminal convictions, frustrating officials
Kaitlin Gillespie The Spokesman-Review
Fred W. Nolan Jr. presses one finger after another against a window at the Spokane County Jail.
Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, his birthday: five days he spent on the outside this past year. It’s the first time he remembers being a free man for every milestone that’s part of a seven-month stretch out of jail, the longest run of freedom
he has had in 22 years.
Now the 43-year-old is back in Spokane County Jail, awaiting trial on charges that he burglarized the Flour Mill’s mailroom earlier this year.
If he’s found guilty, it will be his 39th felony.
“Pathetic,” Nolan said of his most recent arrest. “Really, pathetic. I cannot emphasize how stupid I feel.”
Police officers on the street call repeat offenders like Nolan “frequent fliers” or “hall of famers.”
They’re felons who, for whatever reason, can’t quit committing crime.
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