Judge lets teen facing manslaughter sentence out of jail for graduation

Alex Lingor, 17, of Sioux Falls, S.D., pleaded guilty to manslaughter in February after he chased down a car when its occupants took off with the marijuana he was trying to sell them. Kareem Cisse, 15, died in the crash.

All this over 2 grams of marijuana for which Lingor intended to charge $25.

Lingor, a senior, will leave jail to walk onto a stage next month to receive his high school diploma, and that has Cisse’s family and friends livid, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports. A judge granted him “a few hours” furlough to get the diploma.

“It’s not right,” said Andre Jordan, a family friend “(Kareem’s mom) is still grieving. It’s like a spit in her face.”

So Jordan and others demonstrated yesterday in Sioux Falls. He says he’ll walk up and down Minnesota Avenue every day until graduation day.

“Kareem didn’t get to graduate,” Jordan Randle, another protester, said. “I came out here because he deserves justice.”

Randle said her brother, who was sent to prison for manslaughter in an accidental shooting, was denied a request to attend his grandmother’s funeral by the same judge.

Lingor, who was 16 at the time of the crash, was tried as an adult but has not yet been sentenced.

  • Barton

    Had to look at the photos. White boy, Lingor, guilty of manslaughter allowed by judge to attend graduation. Person of color, Jordan, also guilty of manslaughter not allowed by same judge to attend grandmom’s funeral.

    It is sad that my first thought was: is there a “color” difference between the two? Is it more sad that I was correct?

    Obviously there are things we don’t know from the article (maybe one had good behavior in jail and the other didn’t, maybe it was because one had pleaded guilty and the other was convicted), but the first question in my mind was still was there equal justice/treatment?

    • John O.

      I have family who reside in that part of the country. The short answer to your question at the end of paragraph 3 is “NO.”

    • crystals

      It was my first thought too, and I’m not at all surprised to hear what you discovered. I’d like to think the judge would make an attempt to explain the difference since this has become public, especially if there is more legitimate reasoning that we just don’t know, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

    • Jerry

      The unofficial rules of juvenile sentencing:

      White = good kid who made some mistakes

      Non-white = hardened criminal who is essentially an adult.

      And for white people, being considered just a kid lasts well into their 30s