Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ruining It For Everybody, Especially Himself

     Three years ago, he shot up Indiana Black Expo, injuring nine people and avoiding killing them only by chance.  Arrested and charged as an adult (he was 18 at the time), he was sentenced to 8 years in prison. He served less than two; he was in a "community transition program" and yesterday, he was in a car trying to outrun the police.  It worked about like you'd expect and when the car was  stopped, he was among those who fled on foot and were caught.  Among his fellow passengers, a young man of 18, carrying two loaded handguns.

     He's back behind bars now, facing a newly-limited future.  He seems to be determined to fail; at this point, the only person who can haul him out of a life of crime is himself, and his track record augurs ill. 


perlhaqr said...

He shot 9 people, was sentenced to less than a year in jail per, and got out after roughly 2.5 months per. What the hell?

No wonder he didn't take it seriously, the system clearly didn't.

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

It's like the powers that be want people like him on the streets, so they can point piously at him and say "see why we want guns off the streets?"

But surely that could not possibly be the case in a country that loves its Second Amendment so much.


Anonymous said...

Well I am sure he was trying to turn his life around (no one says which way). This seems to be the standard refrain in cases like this, a young man who isn't taking advantages of what can be offered to him. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if he wasn't turning his life around. (Rant Off)

Robert Fowler said...

" he was sentenced to 8 years in prison. He served less than two"

And yet some kid gets caught with a little weed and gets 20 years. Here's the problem. 9 counts of at least attempted murder should have gotten this turd life without parole.

My philosophy has been; If they can't play nice in society, lock them in a cage until they either can be nice or they die. And I don't care one way or the other.

Anonymous said...

Anticipate federal action.

Shootin' Buddy

Roberta X said...

...Y'know, I'd like to think it would be over unusual leniency shown a very dangerous guy...but probably not.

ISH (Mininerd) said...

Y'know, back in `08 I would have invoked Hanlon's razor and blamed this on the sheer, collective stupidity of the correction bureaucracy. I'm a pretty cynical minarchist, but I generally gave the system the benefit of the doubt.

Sadly, the track record of our current President, Congress, and Federal Agencies have me willing to accept that this might have been part of the scenario Fuzzy Curmudgeon outlines.