After District Attorney Greg McCaffrey’s office offered Crippen a severe plea deal for the first of his three charges last week, Crippen seems to be trying his luck at setting himself up for state prison on his own terms. Numerous issues have come up regarding his physical appearance, this time in reference to his back-length hair, which he claims is homage to his alleged heritage as a Native American.
“My client is one quarter Native American, of the Seneca Tribe,” said Defense Attorney Hayden Dadd, “in the event that he goes to state prison, I will be filing a request with the department of corrections that his hair not be cut.”
Livingston County Judge Robert Wiggins added that he would only be able to do so much to protect Crippen’s hair if Crippen were to leave the Livingston County Jail and cross into the custody of a state prison, with the Department of Corrections.
“I am more than willing to accommodate your heritage,” said Judge Wiggins in court, “but I will have to see some documented proof of your lineage before proceeding.”
Crippen is charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a narcotic drug after he allegedly sold drugs to undercover officers with the Livingston County Drug Task Force in 2012. The Drug Task Force has been consistently backed by DA McCaffrey and Sheriff Thomas Dougherty since its beginning, and it has an excellent track record of catching drug dealers. Crippen was additionally charged with bail jumping after he fled to Texas and spent nine months on the run to escape prosecution at the hands of DA McCaffrey.
PHOTO CAPTION: Photo courtesy of LCSO.