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Some readers thought Jeffrey Skilling's punishment was appropriate. Others wanted to fire up the gas chamber.
updated 10/24/2006 4:46:48 PM ET 2006-10-24T20:46:48

We asked you to post your thoughts on ex-Enron CEO Jeff Skilling's 24-year-plus sentence Monday and you responded. Big time. Within three hours after the sentence was handed down in the fraud case against him, readers had posted more than 1,800 messages.

A sampling of your comments are below. To join the discussion, click here.

Real prison needed
He'll go to a prison that's looks like a country club with little supervision. Put him in a real prison where he and his kind belong. Thousands of people lost everything they had because of people like him. That's what the ordinary person would get if we committed the same type of crime. He'll get a pardon from Dick Cheney before he leaves office. I wouldn't be surprised if Ken Lay faked his own death and is hiding in the Bahamas. — Mando

A tad ridiculous
He was convicted by a jury of his peers, but 24 years for a non-violent crime is a tad ridiculous. There have been murderers that served less time then that. The saying is "Let the punishment fit the crime," but 24 years of his life? Yes, he was found guilty, and yes he is a criminal, but this time, the punishment far outweighs the crime. — tooeager4u

One year each
Skilling should have been sentenced to one year for each life he destroyed. Chance are, we the taxpayers, are now going to be forced to support this sorry excuse for a man at some plush and ritzy low-security prison for the next 24 years. The guy is still ripping people off. — K. Nelson

Kill him
Skilling should have received the death sentence or a minimum of life in prison. This is the sentence that is justified in this case and it would serve as a deterrent for other CEO's that have stripped their companies of the assets. — Pete Snowden

The next level
There was no manipulation. Lay, Skilling, Andrew Fastow were just taking Enron to the next level. Some bookkeeping errors, and everyone wants to make it a federal offense. Quit stifling business, America, or we will end up just like the Soviet Union. — JonConn

Nearly life sentence
At age 52, 24 years is almost a life sentence. I think the punishment fits the crime. Women who kill their children often get less time. What amazes me though, as I read the other postings, is the venom and hatred expressed, as if this is the most heinous crime to date. I wholeheartedly believe he is guilty. He did a bad thing, he was caught, tried through the system and convicted. What more could anyone want? — RushBabe

Get tough
First apply the death penalty and carry it out within 90 days. Then seize all assets for repayment to victims, and I mean all — we don't care who has them, how they got them, or what kind of bull**** law they or their lawyers want to hide behind. Until you put tough and harsh laws in place and enforce them by carrying out the sentences quickly then this kind of crime is going to keep repeating over and over. — coupleinaj

System works
Now it's up to the federal Bureau of Prisons to put him somewhere that doesn't have 60-inch screen television and golf course, if you know what I mean. Good job to the justice system and my prayers still go to all those who still suffer today from this crime. — Mark from Cambridge

Work for free
I agree with many of the posters about no sentence being too much for all of the pain and suffering that the collapse of Enron caused. But how good is it that all for us get to pay his rent, feed him, and pay the power bill for him for the next 24 years. I say keep the ankle bracelet and let him work for free for the next 24 years. — NA Citizen

Flog the judge
His sentence is too light. He should have received life in prison with out the possibility of parole. The damage that he has done far surpasses the sentence he has received. The judge in this case should have his face slapped and should be removed from the bench. That little fine he has imposed is nothing short of an insult to everyone who lost everything. I say flog the judge then run him out of the country. — jjbates_11

Jeff for Congress
I don’t think that Skilling should be sent to prison. His deception and corruption are so familiar to me and the rest of America I think he should be sent to Washington DC to serve his time with his peers in congress. — Mopar71aug

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