Was the judge too harsh on these poor unfortunate young men.. ?

  • masculumpedes

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    Feb 01, 2012 3:26 PM GMT
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    http://www.lvrj.com/news/teens-in-paintball-shooting-spree-sentenced-to-juvenile-facilities-138466129.html
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    Feb 01, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
    I read the article in full, and in my opinion the judge was not unduly harsh - especially when I read the part about the perps shooting multiple victims with the paint gun - including shooting one victim in the eyes.
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    Feb 01, 2012 3:48 PM GMT
    The bodily injury aspect weighs against the teens. Of course, had they been rich and politically connected they would have been let off with a stern warning, and the parents would have made some financial settlement with the victims.
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    Feb 01, 2012 4:09 PM GMT
    "I provided a paintball gun, and we were out shooting random people," 17-year-old Aaron Briggs said.

    Christian Melton, 16, emphasized his youth when he addressed Juvenile Court Hearing Master Thomas Kurtz.

    "I was the youngest. I was the driver. They were my passengers," Melton said.

    Kurtz interrupted the teenager when he began an explanation of his actions with the phrase, "We were just out having fun ..."

    "Fun?" the hearing master said, raising his voice. "You find something fun about shooting people?"

    "No, sir," replied the teenager, who could be heard crying during the hearing.


    See....he was crying over the whole incident.....doesn't that mean anything?
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    Feb 01, 2012 4:24 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidThe bodily injury aspect weighs against the teens. Of course, had they been rich and politically connected they would have been let off with a stern warning, and the parents would have made some financial settlement with the victims.
    ^this

    I don't thnk the punishment was too harsh, but I do think the outcome would have been different if the parents had thrown some money at the system.
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    Feb 01, 2012 5:09 PM GMT
    Accountability is very important and there's not enough of it in our society. These kids have to be held accountable for their actions regardless of their age. Next time they'll think twice I guess. Tough call, they are kids but kids today are much more aware of what the results of their actions will be than when I was a kid I think.