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19-Year-Old Gets 97 Years for String of Robberies

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A 19-year-old Virginia man has felt the full force of the law for a spate of armed robberies carried out over two weeks. On Monday, teenager Raymond Lewis Perry was sentenced to almost 100 years in prison.

Perry, from Norfolk, was sentenced in federal court Monday for his crime spree, which saw him robbing a variety of commercial businesses in Virginia and North Carolina.

These included a pizzeria, a 7-Eleven and a LukOil gas station in Virginia Beach. A clerk at the gas station robbery was shot, but survived. Court records show all of the robberies were carried out in September 2010.

In the same month, Perry was also found guilty of holding up two Family Foods grocery stores in Gates County, North Carolina. His lengthy list of charges includes conspiracy to interfere with commerce by means of robbery, three counts of interference with commerce by means of robbery, and four counts of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

And his final sentence for these crimes? A stunning 96 and a half years in prison.

Perry did not act alone in his criminal activities. Two other men have been arrested in connection with the crimes, 36-year-old Wade Watford and a 17 year-old. Both are currently held by police and awaiting trial.

Perry was convicted in June, and will begin his sentence immediately.

What do you think of Perry’s punishment? Let us know in the comments!

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178 Responses to “19-Year-Old Gets 97 Years for String of Robberies”

  1. Lauren Farrow

    Seems a little suspicious…there is no dollar amount attached to the robberies, and some of the charges seem like stuff put on the books 150 years ago and somebody had to do a whole lotta digging to find them…no mention of a charge of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon…

  2. Lindsay Schneider Dusenbery

    honestly I believe that that time in jail is too much it should be a sentence for a killer I understand he shot someone but I think that might be a reason for overcrowding in the jails these days! I think lots of hours of community service would suffice!

  3. Amanda Clement Barber

    He will probably be out in 3 years for good behaviour.

  4. Kimberly Lancaster

    you've never been robbed have you? I have..I was cut and it took 5 years for the nerves in my left hand to grow back….the guys who did it? not much time in jail

  5. Brenda Bougard Freeman

    well it's not like he didn't know the chances he was taking when he committed his crimes the prisons system is full of young black males that made the choices to do something negative instead of positive, we already know black men get the eletric chair for killing a cop so what's 96 years for robbey.

  6. K. Ceres Wright

    That sentence is way too harsh, more apt for someone who's killed. If society would put more money into schools and after-school activities, we could prevent a lot of crime rather than reacting to it. I haul kids to church and Bible study, and see an improvement in their behavior and attitude.

  7. Brian Kurtz

    Really that's it? Its only by a miracle that he didn't kill someone or many people. The solution to over crowded prisons is not releasing these losers back into society, the solution is more prisons.

  8. Lisa Young

    Sadly, I agree with the sentence. Three robberies in one day; a clerk shot (but lived)…19 or 90, he was a menace to society and surely would have eventually killed someone.

  9. Jack Lloyd

    I think 96 years is a bit harsh…..but community service !!??? you MUST be kidding!!

  10. Brian Kurtz

    Really? Would you feel that way if he shot your Dad or someone you love? It is only by a miracle that he didn't kill anybody.

  11. Brian Kurtz

    He should never be allowed to see the light of day again. They terrified the entire city for over a month. You don't need bible study to know right from wrong.

  12. Tim Clay

    You must consider he DID shoot someone and should be charged accordingly. Luckily, the victim survived!

  13. Seth Poole

    It would of been only a matter of time before he killed someone, now he has time to reflect of his life of crime.

  14. Melissa Schouten

    So is this without parole? Cause he probably will be let out in 3 to 4 years, and because of that, he will go back to the same lifestyle and maybe even kill someone during the next robbery.

  15. Terry Brown

    96 is a bit steep thats life, but that crime is way beyond community service. and just because he didn't kill anyone still doesn't make it unponishable. DON"T DO THE CRIME IF YOU CAN"T DO THE TIME!! 10 should surffice but then what will he do when he's released? hhmmmm..

  16. Bashia Anderson Monreal

    I wish they would have elaborated on his past criminal record. But, with what he's currently serving time for, I agree with the sentence. He was obviously a problem and needed taken off the street before he killed someone….

  17. Brian Kurtz

    I fell you, I lost a lot of money on my 401K too. I wish they would make examples of those thieves as well however, you're comparing apples to oranges.

  18. Pedro C Camejo

    You want to skirt by and make your money robbing others then you get to do the time! It just sucks that the tax payers will still have to feed, clothe and board this useless piece of sh*t for the rest of his life. 96 years seems a bit excessive for a month-long string of armed robberies when others murder people or kill entire families while out drinking & driving and get slapped with far less. Guess he'll have plenty of time to reflect on his stupidity.

  19. Terry Brown

    would you say the same if he was your son? I seriously doubt it!

  20. Bashia Anderson Monreal

    Terry Brown actually, yes, I would ! You know nothing about me, and how I raise my children. This crap would not be tolerated by me. AND, this link asked for my OPINION, and I gave it…My 17 y/o is currently incarcerated in Indiana, for running away, and who put him in JDC ?? I DID !! I want to raise members of society, not products of…so, mind your business !

  21. Terry Brown

    They don't get punished they get a day at the damn spa! and we get punished!

  22. Tim Brown

    He shot someone! Obviously he doesn't respect the life of any one, including himself. He should be locked up for life. Amazing how people will kill for a couple hundred bucks!

  23. LaQuann Akinyole Singletary

    Good! People think they can just get away with this type of stuff because they know IF they get caught they will be released in a few years. People with this type of mentality doesn't deserve to be free because all he does is ruin lives. He doesn't respect his own freedom so why should the judge.

  24. Brian Kurtz

    If that was my son, I would have turned his ass in. I taught him right from wrong (although that really doesn't need teaching after like the age 2, it's just common sense) and if he decides to do the wrong thing, then u got to pay the price.

  25. James Boone

    What about the victims who will have to live with this for the rest of their lifes If you never had a gun in your face you wont understand But it stays with you and you lose truth in people.

  26. Terry Brown

    Hold on lady! I made a reply just as you did so lets not go their. By the way I'm making this my business to respond! and will continue to do so….

  27. Telfia Muckeroy

    Unfortunately, armed robbery is at least 25 years. The system is not designed for poor folks. Don't do the crime…. Hate it for this young brother.

  28. Bashia Anderson Monreal

    Oh..and before you "blah blah blah" and make a comment about "no wonder he ran away"…blah blah blah….if more parents were like me, and a bit on the stern side, when it came to their children, we wouldn't be giving our opinions on a 19 year old, incarcerated for 97 years for robbing people at gunpoint, because they would have been taught better !!!

  29. Aranda High

    Another young stupid guy who tried making a career of robbing and hurting people. He definitely deserves alot of jail time, like 20-25 years. Not 97.

  30. Lisa Rivera

    I am confused as to why there are so many comments about what color his skin is? do you think that the man who was shot really gives a $**t what race he was? it's sad to see anyone live a life of crime but it is about time the justice system is doing something to make our country safer. it is the worst country for crime, why is that…. because we are to lenient harsher laws = safety!

  31. Bobby Owen

    Brian Kurtz Investing in a 401K is the same as gambling. If you lost money its because you aren't good at it. What do you want? High returns/no risk? Me too. Sign me up.

  32. Brian Kurtz

    I don't know what you mean by "the system is not designed for poor folks" ??? Not all poor folks do what he did. You must mean the system is not designed for dummies.

  33. Quentin Anthony Walker

    I initially agreed with you K, until I saw somebody was shot. Attempted murder is no less immoral than murder since lucky is merely what prevented the crime. Bobby there isn't anything racist in this sentence.

  34. Babz Stauffer

    Due to the fact that he was risking peoples lives running around with a deadly weapon and scared the living crap out of people and took things that did not belong to him, repeatedly, no, the sentence is not too harsh. He's lucky he isn't in Saudi Arabia they'd merely cut off his hands and turn him loose to slowly die.

  35. Jackie N Price

    He definitely needs prison time. Community service would be like sending an 8th grader to time out for beating up a 2nd grader. Really??? 96 years is a bit much…As people who posted before me stated, there have been people murdered and their killer only got a few years. I'm not a judge, but a good 10 years down would take a good chunk out of his young life; he'd be released around age 30 and see that he wasted his youth. A wasted youth is a tragedy…but a tragedy is what a menace needs.

  36. Babz Stauffer

    He very well easily could have been a killer. Even if the guns went off by accident in a scary stressful illegal situation- he made the choices to have deadly force in his hands. To take things that did not beling to him. Guys, I'm thinking Lindsay is pretty young though so go gently okay?

  37. Quentin Anthony Walker

    Our justice system isn't lenient, especially to black men. Although I think this kid's offense should be treated as though he did murder somebody, if he pulled the trigger or was fully complacent, and I don't have too much sympathy, we have an enormous amount of people doing hard time. It is common myth that America is easy on crime. Only with the rich.

  38. Quentin Anthony Walker

    I'd also add, I am actually for rehabilitation programs instead of prison time for drug offenders, and think our justice system is racist against blacks. But whenever anybody, white, black, whatever, shoots somebody or is okay during a robbery with their partner trying to murder somebody, they should be harshly sentenced as though they had killed somebody. Outcome orienated law purely ruled by luck instead of the degree of mens rea is irrational to me.

  39. Jack Figueras

    The sentence is PERFECT…THIS is gun control.ANYONE using a gun in the commission of a crime should be tossed in jail for a long long time. I don't know if done more often it will act as a deterrent but it sure will protect society from the defective brains that think this is acceptable behavior. @ K. Ceres Wright….1)prevention is a mute point once the trigger has been pulled 2)I think you should look into the devastation that occurs to victims and their families lives before you start feeling sympathy for the trigger men.

  40. Brian Kurtz

    there's really only one race, the human race. When you do something like this to your fellow human you obliviously don't want to be part of society, so lock them up for a very, very, long time.

  41. Chris Caldwell

    excuse me? going to church and bible study has nothing to do with what this MAN did, he is no longer a teenager! we had a boy who was i believe 18 at the time shoot his parents his mom died his dad lived BUT GUESS WHAT , HIS DAD WAS A MINISTER OF A CHURCH! so dont tell me going to church and doing bible study will deter ppl of doing crimes! we just had a minister of a black church steal thousands of dollars, and it wasnt just some couple of thousands either!and the boy who shot his parents werE white, so dont sit there and say how come they pick on blacks or that blacks have it tough it's ALL RACES

  42. Terry Brown

    ok! true, very good point but 96 years? so many people have done far worse and receive less jail time.

  43. Lindsay Schneider Dusenbery

    Kimberly Lancaster I (knock on wood) have never ben robbed, my car has been rummaged through but I not that idiot that leaves expensive stuff in my car! I am sorry that you were cut and the pain that you endured but in that case as well I do agree with alot of jail time just not 96 years!

  44. Quentin Anthony Walker

    People are mentioning him being black as though it compells you inherently to be immoral. What this scumbag did was reprehensible, but the pessimism the black community feels towards the society, and the problems they experience, is rational given the history of racism.

  45. Lindsay Schneider Dusenbery

    Brian Kurtz My sister was held up a gunpoint once and the guys might not of even had a gun, I would love to see someone try and attack my dad he is 68 years old and can run loops around my marathon running husband! and i see your point we are lucky he didn't kill anyone! 96 years should be a sentence that should go to someone who did kill!

  46. Coco Rosie

    Yeah like that little bitch that murdered her child with evidence and got away with no years! Get the f outta here!

  47. Rosemary Millar

    I'm not sure that a 97 year sentence is the answer for a 19 year old convicted of armed robbery and attempted murder.
    I've heard of murderers getting hard time then being released after only 7-8 years. I think punishment should be maybe less time but with strict consequences such as having to complete psychological screening, anger management, job training, Scared Straight (maybe reenact his crimes where he is the victim). I don't believe that incarceration is the best answer to societies problems of crime. It's not easy being locked up, but it's for sure not easy to rob again if your minus the arm and hand you used to commit the crime. Maybe other countries that have this type of punishment are considered barbaric, but I guarantee if your facing life without a limb versus life behind bars for a crime you might just think twice. Some people are a product of their environment, but we still ALL have the right to CHOOSE what kind of action we take to "survive" in this world. Anger & Hate only lead to more ills in society. Love & Forgiveness can be a stronger lesson learned, with much better results.

  48. Tammy Barnes Beard

    Brian Kurtz –BUDDY I DON'T THINK PEOPLE ARE HEARING U—-HELLO AMERICA, SOMEONE WAS SHOT, U DON'T KNOW WHAT DAMAGE HE HAS DONE TO THAT PERSON FOR THE REST OF THEIR NATURE BORN LIFE, AND UNLESS U SEE THAT VIOLENCE AND A GUN IN UR FACE U WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND, APPARENTLY, WONDER IF THE PERSON HE SHOT WAS UR 19 YR OLD SON WORKING PART TIME TO MAKE IT THRU COLLEGE– WE ARE ALREADY LIVING IN A TIME WHEN MOST ARE SCARED WHEN THERE CHILDREN GO TO SCHOOL, I SAY IT'S ABOUT TIME, AND BRING ON SOME MORE WHITE, BLACK, BROWN, GREEN OR YELLOW, THIS IS NOT RACE, THIS IS STRAIGHT UP EVIL RUNNING OUR STREETS AND MOST TIMES HE WAS JUST GETTING STARTED, DO U REALLY THINK HE WAS JUST GONNA SAY OH I WILL STOP NOW! THAT IS ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WITH THIS WORLD IF IT DIDN'T HAPPEN TO U, OH IT'S HARSH, BECAUSE NOBODY CARES UNLESS IT TOUCHES THEIR HOME FRONT!!! GET REAL PEOPLE IT IS ON UR HOME FRONT!!!

  49. Lindsay Schneider Dusenbery

    Babz Stauffer Thank you! I am 28 years old I have an 18 month old daughter, never been robbed or mugged or anything I am very aware of my surroundings and never go anywhere by myself! I take back that he needs community service and didn't really see that he did shoot someone! I do agree witht the person who said that 10 years is enough!

  50. K. Ceres Wright

    I didn't say anything about Blacks or Whites. You're injecting your own bias in that statement. And it's not just attending church and Bible study, it's the quality of the time put into kids, which members of society as a whole struggle with, whether they're ministers or janitors. And no, church/Bible study/after-school activities are not going to prevent all crime, but I think they will prevent a lot. Unfortunately, you can't get empirical data on what 'would have happened.'

  51. Tammy Barnes Beard

    Terry Brown WOULD U SAY THE SAME THING IF THAT WAS UR SON THAT GOT SHOT– OR IF IT WAS U!!! I AGREE WITH IF IT WAS MY SON THAT DID THE CRIME, IT WOULD BE THE HARDEST THING TO DEAL WITH, BUT KNOWING I DID ALL I COULD DO TO KEEP HIM FROM THAT KIND OF LIFE, HE WOULD HAVE TAKE HIS MEDICINE! BUT, YOU CAN TEACH UR CHILDREN ALL THEIR LIVE AND BE THERE WITH THEM TO MAKE SURE THEY DOING OK, BUT A PARENT CAN ONLY DO SO MUCH BECAUSE THERE WAS 5 OF US RAISED BY THE SAME 2 PARENTS THAT WORKED EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THEIR LIFE, AND MY DADDY WOULD PUT IT ON U AFTER HE HAD ALREADY WARNED U AND I AM SPEAKING BLOOD WELPS WHERE U SAW THE BELT WHERE EVER HE HAD TO HIT U, AND MY MIDDLE BROTHER IS A MENACE, BECAUSE HE WAS ACCIDENTALLY SHOT AT 16 AND 3RD DEGREE BURNS COVERING MOST OF HIS BODY, SO THE PAIN KILLERS STARTED AND THEN HE MET THE WRONG GIRL, AND MY WHOLE FAMILY HAS STEPPED IN TO TRY TO HELP HIM BUT HE CONTINUES HIS LIFE, HELL HE EVEN ROBBED ALL WHAT ME AND MY HUSBAND WORKED HARD FOR, BUT HE GETS TO GO IN AND OUT OF JAIL, BECAUSE HE HAS NEVER BEEN VIOLENT! THERE IS NO JUSTICE IN THAT EITHER! SO NOBODY KNOWS THE REASONS WHY SOMEONE DOES WHAT THEY DO, BUT THEY KNOW WHEN THEY HAVE WILLINGLY CROSSED THE LINE, AND YEAH I BELIEVE HE WOULD HAVE EVENTUALLY KILLED GOD KNOWS HOW MANY!!! EVIL IS EVIL WEATHER IT'S UR SON OR MINE!! DON'T MEAN IT WOULD BE EASY!

  52. Collin Hughes

    Perhaps if all sentences were this harsh people would think twice about doing something this stupid. But then again, Most criminals do not think before they act. But 96 years? No, it should have been an even 100.

  53. Coco Rosie

    Andrea George it only works on some and we know who that "some" is! get it right!

  54. Coco Rosie

    By no means am I defending his actions. The? was " Is 96 Years too harsh of a sentence?" Yes it is. Put the bastard in jail for I say 20. That should be sufficient. He needs to have enough time in jail to retrack his actions and hopefully learn from them. We have to remember that this boy is 19 years old and they do dumb shit at this age. It is obvious that Virginia is a prejudice state and giving all black men the harsh sentences while lil mary sue and johnny walker runs free!

  55. LaQuann Akinyole Singletary

    Criminals don't realize or care what it does to people when they're a victim of a robbery. Then he's proven that he's not afraid to kill for a small amount of money. I don't care to have him on the streets ever. It sounds harsh but he knows right from wrong.

  56. Tammy Barnes Beard

    ARE U RUNNING FOR SOME KIND OF OFFICE OR SOMETHING, OR MENTALLY ILL, I AM SO SICK OF THIS BEING CLASSIFIED AS RACE ISSUE, AND JUST WHAT THE BLACK COMMUNITIES FEEL, BUDDY IF YOU LIVE IN THE USA AND ARE NOT WEALTHY, WE ARE ALL SUFFERING, TRYING TO JUST GET FED AND CLOTHED AND GAS TO GO TO WORK! MY CUTE WHITE SON WAS THREW OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, JUST BECAUSE HE HAD A RECORD OF BEING CAUGHT WITH DIP ONE TIME AND 2 CIGS THE NEXT, THEN SOMEBODY TOLD A LIE ON HIM DO U THINK THAT WAS WORTH MY SON'S EDUCATIONAL, PRIME TIME OF HIS CHILDHOOD, DO U THINK ANYBODY WOULD HELP US! HE IS A GREAT FOOTBALL PLAYER! ALL GONE TO SHIT BECAUSE SOMEBODY'S JUDGMENT, DO U NOT THINK HE WILL HAVE TO STRUGGLE TO OVERCOME, MY WHOLE FAMILY WAS BORN DIRT POOR, AND WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TURNED AWAY FROM THINGS THAT WAS NOT FAIR, LIFE IS NOT FAIR, BUT WE HAVE NOT ROBBED, SHOT, KILLED, BEAT, ANYBODY!!! THEY ARE PEOPLE OF ALL COLORS WHO WERE BORN WITH DEFECTS BUT STILL FOUND A WAY TO LIVE PRODUCTIVE LIVES SO APPARENTLY U SHOULD RESEARCH A LITTLE MORE, RACISM DON'T JUST HAPPEN TO BLACK PEOPLE IT HAPPENS TO ALL OF US THAT OTHERS LOOK DOWN THERE NOSES AT, AND I AM SORRY I CALL IT HATERISM! SO STOP BEING PART OF THE PROBLEM AND GIVING EVERY ONE THE RIGHT TO CALL RACISM- STOP THE IGNORANCE! ON MY PRECIOUS MOTHER'S DEATH BED WHO MAY I AD WHO IS WHITE, AND WORKED EVERYDAY OF HER LIFE HARD LABOR, EVERY DOOR WAS SLAMMED IN HER FACE FOR HELP MAN I COULD GO ON AND ON! THEY MAY HAVE HAD TO HEAR A FEW CHOICE WORDS FROM ME BUT WE NEVER STOOPED TO CRIME, WE BELIEVED ON OUR FAITH OF GOD, AND HE MADE A WAY! EVIL IS EVIL IT'S NOT RACISM, IT'S A TRICK OF THE DEVIL TO GET IN PEOPLES HEAD TO MAKE THEM THINK THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO SOMETHING AND I AM SORRY IF U DIDN'T EARN IT YOU DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO IT! EVERY THUGGED OUT NEIGHBORHOOD THERE IS, IN EVERY SLUMMED OUT TRAILOR PARK THERE IS, THERE IS PEOPLE WITH CHOICES,PEOPLE HURTING, PEOPLE WHO CAN'T AFFORD THE VERY MEDICINE IT TAKES TO KEEP THEM ALIVE, EVEN PEOPLE WHO IS CALLED MIDDLE CLASSED, THATS THE PROBLEM PEOPLE WANT TO LOOK AT PEOPLE AND JUDGE AND GIVE TITLES, LOOKING IN U JUDGE WEATHER SOMEBODY HAS IT GOOD OR NOT BY WHERE THEY LIVE AND WHAT THEY WHERE—WHEN EVERYONE STOPS PLAYING THAT RACISM CARD, THEN MAYBE THE REAL ISSUES CAN BE HANDLED THAT WE THE PUBLIC ALL AMERICANS STOP THE BULL BECAUSE CRIME IS CRIME! TAKE THEM SHADES OFF!!!

  57. Abdul Essa

    John Halter Jr So President Obama was running all the banks and left that lucrative job to take a downgrade to become our President?

  58. Bernetha Powell Harrison

    No one is laying dead or fatally wounded as a result of Wall St execs' greed. On one hand, I feel the young man's sentence is rather harsh…but on the other hand I think not. Right is right and wrong is wrong. He's old enough to decide he wanted to pursue a life of crime, he is old enough to be held accountable for his actions. We all pay for the choices/decisions we make. There should be no exception in this instance. I feel for his mother. I know this has to be difficult for her.

  59. Kaleb Singleton

    I want to know why he robbed the places. They never tell you if the guy had a dying mother at home, no job, no health insurance, no food. Damn who doesn't want to hold up the liquor store when they ain't got shit. A lifetime in jail is absurd. Look past the crime and look at the person.

  60. Abdul Essa

    Bernetha Powell Harrison No one is laying dead or fatally wounded in this case either. Someone did get shot but survived and I'm not saying that this man could not have killed someone on his next robbery but,,, compare what he did to what happened to the entire country possibly the world and which one is worse, shouldn't someone pay for that? And with millions of victims how do we know some people didn't have heart attacks and die when they found out their live savings were wiped out?

  61. Terry Brown

    Tammy Barnes Beard To be honest I can't say that I would. I've never been put in that situation. But was close enough to it to know loss. I had a cousin an honor student at the age of 16 just days before his 17th birthday shot so many times they stopped counting the bullet holes the police told his mother that he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. NO Justice for his MURDER! What Im saying is let the punishment fit the crimes these people commit. You got a mother that killed her child all the evidence in plain sight but she walks. You talk a good game as to what you would do if it was your son that got shot or If it was your son that committed the crime U don't know what you would do. Yes! He should be held accountable for his crime by all means, but 96 years! come on.

  62. Brian Kurtz

    I don't like Obama or any of his policies however, He had nothing to do with the banking scams that ran unchecked for years.

  63. Brian Kurtz

    if ALL criminals were getting the max sentences and not getting them reduced for "good behavior" it would serve as a strong deterrent. So Andrea is right.

  64. Brian Kurtz

    Terry Brown how much of that 96 will he serve? It does send a message though. We need to stop letting murderers out…. EVER!! Another nice deterrent.

  65. Kalaya Eckle

    wow, 97 years for prision. what are you talking about? does this judge has ever had his own kid? kids are stupid and doing stupid things and no ever say " I'm a perfect kid and never do any stupid things" Everyone is always say " I used to be a stupid kid" Think again people. I think half of his life that is best punishment. Think if he is one of your children, you won't say this but you will say" he is just a kid. Please give him a chance to be a good kid".

  66. Claretta Aleong

    Well murders, child molesters get off with a few years or go free, we watch that. I agree he should serve time but 97yrs. COME ON MAN.

  67. Norm Higgs

    Abdul Essa –No,Obama was not running the banks, but he is among the many democrats in congress and the senate that demanded banks give loans to people that did not qualify for them. I still remember the many news reports in the early 2000's of democrats threatening to charge banks with redlining if they didn't 'toe the line' with regards to Clinton's homeowner initiative. THAT was the root cause of the bank panic. Barney Frank and other democrats – Obama among them – were insisting in 2006 that Fannie mae and freddy mac were in 'good financial health' – less than two years later both were insolvent, sparking the financial panic.

  68. Amanda Mason

    I agree! My husband used to be a manager at a popular pizza place in our area and he quit because of someone coming in and holding a gun to his head for a few hundred dollars in the register. Most of the time, the criminals don't even get caught. It's a shame that he has thrown his life away, and I feel for him. But he made a choice to commit crime and should be held accountable.

  69. Amanda Mason

    Terry Brown True, but if it's a good sentence, it's a good sentence. Maybe it means that other people have had punishments that were not harsh enough. So… "criminal X" drives around drunk and kills 3 people and has tons of money so he gets off with fines and minimal jail time. Does that mean that whenever the next criminal kills 3 people, we have to let them out in a year? NO.

  70. Coco Rosie

    Amanda Mason Yes noone is disputing that he should be held accountable, but u think 96 years is sufficient???

  71. Quentin Anthony Walker

    Caps and exclaimation marks indicate an emotional state of mind, something I try to avoid when appraising a situation. No I am not running for office. Nor am I excusing what he did because he is poor. I am making a point that the more pessimistic and nihilistic a community feels the more probable they will experience social disorder and violence. The problem also goes far beyond simply being poor. I added in my comments that he should receive a harsh penalty, but the issue with the problems of perpetrators who commit violence goes beyond simply "every perpetrator is just inherently a bad person." I wasn't excusing what he did because he was black.

  72. Defiance Faliha

    K. Ceres Wright, he shot someone, attempted to kill them. Do you think he should be given a lighter sentence just because he is a lousy shot? His aim would have gotten better and he would have murdered eventually, maybe your mom, or your child, or one of your church going kids. I bet then you would be saying "Why they didn't hang this mofo the first time he tried to kill someone!!??".

  73. Coco Rosie

    Bashia Anderson Monreal Lmao funny!!!! "mind your business!!!" You have a smart mouth for an older lady. Lol

  74. Quentin Anthony Walker

    Da'Shea Guevara I thought about it further since posting that and I can't have a solid conclusion on what his sentence should be given I don't really know what he knew when committing those cimes and what his participation was. It is really easy for people to start imagining the thugs from Menace 2 Society when they judge somebody in this situation rather than remain impartial. His mugshot is also probably influencing people because he looks pissed off. I would have to see the full evidence and trial and look at the guidelines, as you mentioned.

  75. Brian Kurtz

    it's not just stealing, he didn't shop lift a candy bar. It was only by some miracle that he didn't kill somebody. Good thing he is off the street before he does kill for 200 dollars. He is off the streets and everyone is a lot better off.

  76. Giovanni Matias

    97 Years goddammmmm! That's Fucking wild turkey….That's worst than man slaughter I agree that it was wrong of the young man to rob people at gun point but the issue here is deeper than that this makes me wonder about our society as a whole we never solve the problem at its root we try to correct a wrong with a wrong he deserves to be punished no doubt but the issue is not going to be solved and the issue being that the the youth is full of fire and has no where to go let me know when you got mouths to feed and cant get no job society is f'd up period obviously locking up every single black man commiting a crime to survive wont solve it…400 years of slavery followed by 1000 years of incarceration wake up people!

  77. Bernetha Powell Harrison

    Abdul Essa I understand your point….really, I do. But while Wall St. Execs exhibit greed and can be deemed indirectly responsibility for damaging people's lives, etc., they are still operating LEGALLY and bear no DIRECT responsibility for a heart attack one might have as a result of investments gone wrong, etc. Individuals who suffered loss had a choice – put your faith i& trust in Wall St or be wise and wary. They chose to 'hedge their bets.' What this young man did was unfortunately, undeniably ILLEGAL, and those business owners he robbed had no choice in the matter.

  78. Brian Kurtz

    What? a kid doing something like smoking pot or underage drinking, that's stupid. Do you even know what you are talking about. He tried to murder somebody on one his many armed robberies. I think that is the dumbest comment I have ever read.

  79. Kalaya Eckle

    Brian Kurtz, for a human right i have an oppinion what to say what to think. so you're dumpest guy who ever say without head to think before you ever said this thing again. i able to say because i have right and this is a human right. you're not even have a good judgement just for this example. you're not even think right and what make you are right about this kid. i didn't say he isn't desired to be punished but i say half of his life it should be fair. think again Brian.

  80. Kalaya Eckle

    and again everyone here have right to disagree or agree. so don't you expect me to agree with this because you don't have right to make me agree with you. it's ok for everyone to agree or not agree, so you don't need to agree with me but don't tell me what to think.

  81. Brian Kurtz

    Kalaya Eckle, I never said you can't have your opinion. It's just that you comparing what he did as a kid doing something stupid and deserving a chance to be a "good kid" is not logical thinking. You are not living in the real world.

  82. Amanda Mason

    Da'Shea Guevara the man who held a gun to my husband's head has never been held accountable. And for the record, he's lucky he's still alive. Cuz I woulda shot his sorry ass. But that's just me. :)

  83. Brian Kurtz

    Amanda Mason, so true. 2 wrongs don't make a right. If someone kills 3 people, they should never see the light of day again regardless of his social or financial status.

  84. Amanda Mason

    Da'Shea Guevara And you know what, if i rob a store, i think someone should shoot me too. i don't give a damn if someone is white, black, hispanic, dominican republic, puerto rican. I don't give a crap! If someone steals, they are in the wrong!!! There needs to be a punishment for being immoral. Period!! Yes, when you compare the sentence to a murderer, it seems harsh… but maybe a murderer's sentence isn't harsh enough. Someone who kills another human being in cold blood (whether they have a good story to tell to the jury or not) should be punished. Simple. You know, a few hundred years ago, they woulda just been killed and done with. Our system is quite lax. Maybe too lax.

  85. Amanda Mason

    I read that back and i know it sounds like a freak, but I can't help it. I think there's a real problem with the justice system today. Innocent people are getting killed and guilty psychopaths are going free. If you steal, there are consequences. That's all I'm saying. Ugh

  86. Kalaya Eckle

    Brian, you're not really think right again. everyone is desired to be a good person if he is willing to be soon or later of life or even though the last day he'll die. he is desired to be a good kid in one day. i guess you should be reconsider when you said " he isn't desired to be a good kid"

  87. Norm Higgs

    Abdul Essa — Its really not as complex as some want to make it out to be. What it boils down to is that government got involved in dictating to banks what their lending standards should be. And those standards were not based on a realistic ability to pay back the loans, but rather on 'feel good' emotional desires to have more lower income people owning homes. The fact is that banks do not want to lend money to people that have a high probability of not being able to pay it back – they were essentially strong-armed into doing so by the government – primarily the Clinton administration and congressional Democrats. Everything else stems from that. The Mark to market rule was indeed a contributing factor to many bank failures, as it forced banks to adjust the value of assets that were performing fine (in terms of loans being paid back) simply because the resale market for them had soured – even though the bank had no desire to sell those assets. This is one of those 'unintended consequences' things – the intention of the rule is to prevent arbitrary inflating of asset values, obviously a good thing – but the unintended consequence was to force many banks into failure when there was a panic. But the fact remains that, if the banks had not been 'persuaded' into making more high risk loans than they made in previous years, the mark to market rule would not have come into play the way it did.

  88. Brian Kurtz

    Da'Shea Guevara, you say "when" like someone in my family will commit a crime. Since you are all knowing, when they do something like this kid did, I hope they get the same punishment. I doubt his skin color has anything to do with his punishment like you suggest. The more likely reason is he ran into a judge who is tired of human beings treating each other like this. He obviously has no concern for human life, and deserves the punishment he got.

  89. Kalaya Eckle

    again, brian, nothing is stable. everything is changing every day. everyone shall think some people do change and some people don't. we never know. no such a thing this kid will or not. you don't know a future.

  90. Tammy Barnes Beard

    Da'Shea Guevara Do u really think this man will serve that much time, there are appeals but regardless yeah its ok to steal attempt to kill over a little bit of money, i think u need to look in the mirror at ur self in the mirror and see if u got any morals since you so seemingly think that him shooting somebody and just because he did not die oh he should be shown mercy, I say this is an example we are tired of senseless crimes and all other united states should join then maybe our kids can go to school and have part time jobs without living in fear, our kids can play in their yard without being scared! People trip me out, it's like i said if it didn't happen to u- who cares, i bet u would have a different thought process if you were shot in the face and dismembered. sorry u think it's ok for anybody to walk in waving a gun stealing people's lives away from them! good luck to you i hope u never have to walk in these innocent peoples lives!

  91. Tammy Barnes Beard

    Da'Shea Guevara well i am pretty sure he was not charged with one crime, he has to be punished for each individual charge, you think he robs daily with a weapon striking fear into working people and their families, on a spree and they only gonna charge him for one charge, each time he violated one person, that is a charge, so maybe u should ck how many people he done this too, and then see what the break down of each charge and then they will add up to the 96 yrs…. They can not charge him for nothing more than the law states for the Judge to hand down and that has nothing to do with skin color! That is one sad type of mentality, wished people had this much compassion for the victims! The more i hear the racist statement, i think we can see very clearly who the racist are! Stop the ignorance! It's crime, if he hurt my family trust me i would beg them to let him go cause i would know he does not get a free ride with 3 meals a day and cable tv to watch all day! I don't give 2 cents that he is black, or he is white, or Hispanic hurt my family and i just pray they get out!

  92. Tammy Barnes Beard

    Terry Brown I HEAR YA TERRY, I HAD SAME DEAL WITH MY COUSIN WHO WAS KILLED THE NIGHT SHE GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL AND ALREADY HAD A JOB SECURED, NEVER WAS A BAD PERSON! AND U ARE RIGHT, TRUST ME IF IT WERE MY SON, I WOULD HAVE TO BE ON ALOT OF MEDS TO FUNCTION, LIKE I SAID IT WOULD NOT BE EASY BY NO MEANS, BUT THERE IS ONE THING NO BODY IS LOOKING AT HE IS NOT BEING CHARGED FOR ONE OFFENSE, HE IS BEING CHARGED FOR EVERY ARMED ROBBERY AND EACH PERSON THAT WAS TERRORIZED AS WELL, YOU CAN'T SLAP SOMEONE AT DAIRY QUEEN AND THEN SOMEBODY ELSE AT MCDONALDS AND THEN UR CHARGES ARE COMBINED, YOU HAVE TO BE CHARGED FOR EACH CRIME, SO BEING THAT IT WAS SO MANY WITH GUN VIOLENCE AND THEN THE ATTEMPTED MURDER,HE WOULD HAVE TO BE CHARGED INDIVIDUALLY FOR ALL CRIMES AND THAT IS WHY IT ENDED UP 96 YRS! JUST LIKE IF I STOLE A CAR ONE WEEK THEN SHOT AT SOMEONE A MONTH LATER AND THEN WAS BUSTED FOR DRUGS, THEY ARE DIFFERENT CHARGES AND I WOULD BE CHARGED FOR EACH ONE OF THEM, SOME MAY GIVE A LESSOR CHARGE ON AND THEN U MAY GET THE MAX!!! THEN IT IS ADDED TOGETHER FOR THE TOTAL YRS, I DO NOT BELIEVE HE WILL SERVE 96 YRS AFTER TIME AND APPEALS SOME OF THESE CHARGES ON EACH COULD BE REVERSED ON SOME LEVEL, BUT IT IS A POWERFUL POINT TO PUT ACROSS TO PEOPLE AT SOME POINT IF SOMEBODY DON'T TAKE A STAND AGAINST THESE SENSELESS CRIMES AND START MAKING EXAMPLES THEN AND ONLY THEN CAN WE REALLY HAVE HOPE OF SAFER PLACE FOR OUR KIDS AND ELDERLY FAMILY AND EVEN US, I DO HATE THIS FOR THIS YOUNG MAN BUT HE CAN'T GET A SLAP ON THE WRIST, IT'S TIME FOR THE UNITED STATES TO WAKE UP HELL IS BREAKING LOOSE ON US EVERYDAY, CRIME HAS TO BE HELD AT A PRIORITY I DON'T KNOW WHERE U LIVE BUT WHERE I AM IT HAS BECOME THE NORM TO TURN ON THE TV AND YOUNG KIDS ARE BEING MURDERED AND JUST YESTERDAY A 11 YR OLD GIRL WALKING WITH A FRIEND WAS SHOT WITH A SHOT GUN IN THE BACK AND IT US MOSTLY OUR YOUTH COMMITTING THESE CRIMES! SOMETHING DRASTIC DOES HAVE TO HAPPEN MY LITTLE GIRL DON'T DESERVE IT, JUST AS ANY KID OR MAMA,OR LAW BIDEN CITIZEN TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT CASEY ANTHONY AND BELIEVE ME I WAS PURE SICKENED! THERE IS SO MUCH WRONG IN THIS WORLD BUT IF THE CRIME IS NOT DETOURED WE WILL BE PRISONERS IN OUR HOME! SORRY FOR UR LOST AND I WISH U WELL!

  93. Tammy Barnes Beard

    Da'Shea Guevara YEAH U SAID IT, AND THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS U DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT U TALKING ABOUT!!! u trying to stir things up that totally does not have any barron on what we are talking about, listen little girl, go write your hate whitey stuff somewhere else!!! yeah it's ok for our black men to run around committing crimes and shooting people, but whitey is the problem!!! listen to yourself , is that all u can say! and i hope u believe everything in ur newspaper! get real!!! and if u done ur research since u trying to make things white and black, isn't black crime the highest!!! all u going on is the Troy Davis Case in which i didn't agree with myself, matter of fact signed a petition for his stay, and in truth of that matter is when u have witnesses u don't have to find the murder weapon! dont u dare tell me about the race thing when 2 black officers beat my brother into a pulp who only weighed 110 pbs, who was morning the lose of his mother and saw his eyes red and thought he was doing something else, it runs both ways! it goes both ways!

  94. Tammy Barnes Beard

    Da'Shea Guevara NOW I UNDERSTAND JUST WHAT UR DOING, WHAT ARE U DOING IN OUR COUNTRY THAT IS FOUNDED UNDER GOD WHEN U ARE AN ATHEIST, AND PUT DOWN OUR MILITARY, WHY DON'T U CARRY UR ASS HOME! ONE OF OUR BIGGEST MISTAKES WAS LETTING PEOPLE LIKE U IN TO OUR HOME LAND WHO ARE RACIST AND DO NOT BELIEVE IN OUR GOD! BUT IT'S OK WITH ME IF U GO TO HELL, BUT U BETTER WATCH WHAT U SAY— KEEP OUR MILITARY OUT YA MOUTH, YOU DISRESPECTFUL UN THANKFUL PERSON- DON'T U EVER RESPOND TO ME AGAIN! YOU ARE SO NOT WORTHY TO DEBATE WITH!

  95. Tammy Barnes Beard

    Sorry for the miscommunication, and my keyboard caps was on and i did not pay it any attention, I am not going back to that page cause i get to upset over a race issue, i guess i read ur previous message the wrong way and i do apologize for coming down on u like that! I hope u will accept my apology. I have lived through where i know blacks have been done wrong alot by different cops not all of them and i have been on the side and felt the racism from blacks on whites personally and some of them were cops as well! I have dear friends that are black and so does my husband that would do anything for me if i asked, I am not a prejudice person, i don't even see color and teach my kids to treat people at face value, i do however get ticked when someone thinks this world owes them something because of what happened years ago! I realize that was a little rough what i said to you and again I am sorry!

  96. Coco Rosie

    Brian Kurtz You sound like a idiot! Anyone who hides their face behind a pic, is always full of it.

  97. Coco Rosie

    Brian Kurtz " you doubt if skin color had anything to do with it?" Again u sound like a damn fool!!!!

  98. Coco Rosie

    Tammy Barnes Beard you were patiently waiting for the race card because u know it exists! I don't care if a white woman married a black man, she will still look at him as a threat! It's sad but true!

  99. Kalaya Eckle

    K. Ceres Wright. I don't think you should worry about what people agree or disagree what you had meantion to this subject. I think it's matter if you have passion to help these kids out off trouble, you're good to go. Remember even though no one see how good you're, i believe god does. Keep up what you wish for soon or later all the times you spend every single minute. It will vaule your work. don't give up. I believe everyone desires a second chance as I'm the mother of the two teens

  100. Defiance Faliha

    LOL!! "you are the dumpest guy.."? Really? Dumpest? Kalayla…lol.. I'll give you the benefit of doubt and assume that English is not your mother tongue….That being said, if he were MY kid, he would not have been out committing these crimes, because at age 19 he would be working and going to school. He would be far too busy and tired to have the time to take up arms and start shooting people and taking their hard earned money from them at gunpoint. And if I did manage to somehow raise an idiot, 97 years sounds about right. I might even ask the judge to give me 10 years for the crime of raising this waste of flesh.

  101. Coco Rosie

    Tammy Barnes Beard Again all your caps ain't saying a damn thing.I believe he got that harsh sentence because he was a young black and they wanted to make an example for the other ignorant "niggers" in VA. Also he couldn't have possibly had a good lawyer. Just like that little funky bitch and her man(both white) got off for killing that poor college girl in Paris and that little birch that killed her baby girl when evidence was there!!! Please don't get me started about nothing being race related. Just for voicing my opinion, I will probably get 80 years! Smmfh

  102. Kalaya Eckle

    Defiance, English, may not be my first language but I don't used poorly language like you do and again learn how to be smart and know how to use better communication. I think that you should do first before you'll educated me, I think I got this feeling that you're not the right one who judge people. Otherwise you mother and dad will be disappointed at you.

  103. Kalaya Eckle

    Just in cause for everyone here didn't understand my point, I just think 97 yrs in prision is just too agressive and too much since no one die has occured, he shall be punished as his desires and he desires to have a second chance. If anyone will still forced me to agree or understand like you do, you guy better find something else to do because I'll never change my mind to agree and I don't want too. It's my happyness.

  104. Defiance Faliha

    Kalaya Eckle Just like you said, I am entitled to an opinion. Or was that only YOU thats entitled to an opinion? Which is it, you can't have it both ways. By the way, there's a little thing called "spell check". It may be of some value to you in future posts. Unfortunately, they have yet to invent "try to make sense check". When they do, please look into it.

  105. Kalaya Eckle

    Defiance Faliha, i'll consider that is good advise and I'm still appreciated and will keep in mind to fix my gramma and spelling. I hope you don't take this as personal and hope you understand that everyone is differenced and it's ok for everyone to agree or not agree. Thanks

  106. Lisa Young

    Da'Shea Guevara I have both a bachelor's and master's degree in criminal justice and the primary problem with our criminal justice system is racial disparities in arrests, diversion programs, and court sentencings. By no means is being soft on crime a remedy to society's problem. I look in the mirror everyday and I am sick and tired of people like you who treat our criminal justice system like its a social service program…its a punitive system designed to punish criminals…I suggest you get yourself a social work degree and start yourself a youth diversion program…"YOU can take a proactive approach to crime…until then, we'll deal with the grown ass clowns that polarize our society with fear and foolishness. By the way, I teach criminal justice classes at a MAJOR university and I am sick of people like you…that is until you're a victim and find out your assailant is a repeat offender and then you want someone to explain how they were out on the street…

  107. Lisa Young

    Da'Shea Guevara how judgmental of you to characterize me on one statement. I've done extensive research on crime statistics and criminals and you need to step back and take a more objective examination of ALL factors…wonder how you'd feel if he served 10 years with very little if any rehabilitation and/or re-entry program training and he ended up your neighbor…the solution isn't in lenient on criminals…sorry but I resent your bleeding-heart opinion and suggest that you get off the damn computer and do something to make a difference…talk is sooooo cheap!

  108. Lisa Young

    Bobby Owen unfortunately, race is a factor. The majority of the people that comment about race are fed up with minorities being treated differently within the criminal justice system. while it comes across as being racist, they have a legitimate point. Let's move away from the blame game because to be honest, the system is severly flawed. 97 years for robbery is unfair but he shot someone and that places this case in a different category and that's why I agree with the sentence… my life is worth more than what he stood to gain from these robberies and had he valued his life the same, he wouldn't be in prison now…

  109. Lisa Young

    You, I and the guy shot don't care about his race but unfortunately, race is a factor. The majority of the people that comment about race are fed up with minorities and the poor being treated differently within the criminal justice system. while it comes across as being racist, they have a legitimate point. Let's move away from the blame game because to be honest, the system is severly flawed and studies show that there are disparities based simply on race.

  110. Lisa Young

    Terry Brown …NO and neither would I…that's why we wouldn't serve on the jury of our children…by the way,the shooter is someone's child and so was the man who was shot too…perhaps we should ask her how fell about her son being shot…

  111. Brian Kurtz

    Coco Cordero, I wasn't going to respond to you because people who resort to name calling in a discussion are usually close minded, have a very low IQ, and should't be responded to however, in this instance you are a racist too.

  112. Terry Brown

    Amanda Mason- ANYONE that has willingly killed another in my opinion should be killed (a life for a life) UNLESS it is selfdefense. Not sit in a jail cell haveing us as tax payers support them.

  113. Terry Brown

    My guess is he will do at least 30 before any possibility of parole if he doesnt get an appeal or his sentence reduced. I think its 25 yrs for armed robbery allown.

  114. Coco Rosie

    Brian Kurtz I am married to a person outside my race for your information Mr. Jerk! I have been reading every last one of your comments and in each of them, it is proven that you are definitely a racist!!!!!! Your answers are way too passionate about this young black man. Oh & about my education, especially history has taught me about how the system works….. You people will always hide behind the truth, but we know better! Tell me this, Obama is not a criminal, how do you feel about him?

  115. Terry Brown

    Quentin Anthony Walker He doesn't look pissed off he looks blank, lost..

  116. Terry Brown

    Actually he may never get out if he doesn't get an appeal with it being 96 years he prob won't get paroled either! At first i thought he may after 30 yrs but he's gonna do far more then 30.

  117. Terry Brown

    Brian Kurtz I beleive he's never gonna get out if he doesn't get an appeal/reduced sentence. At first I thought maybe he'll do 30, but he's gonna do far more then 30 on a 96 yr sentence. Parole pshh yeah right!

  118. Coco Rosie

    Da'Shea Guevara They know it's the truth that's why! I had someone say the same thing to me the other day when they were talking down on the president saying he be looking at teenage girls asses which made the newspaper.I didn't see it. I thought that was inappropriate to say, and after telling her that the man wasn't given the opportunity from the day he walked in the white house, she implied I was throwing the race card in! What in the hell is that suppose to mean? It means the bitch was racist and wanted to get her frustrations out.

  119. Tarah Waters Burgess

    Really "Bashia" because you would have taught them better than to do this at gunpoint? You mean like just going to the neighbors and stealing all their christmas gifts that were sent to them and then rewrapping them and giving them to your own family? You make me sick!!!!! AND I am damn glad there isn't more mothers like you!!!!

  120. Kalaya Eckle

    sadly, i live in fear of unfair-criminal-justice. people are focusing to what if but not this is it. what-if means people worrying what will happen in the future or thing that hasn't yet happened and tend to use this combinds to justice system. this-is-it means thing that is pertaining to what happening right now. these systems that i feel lot of people missing the point. what you do is what you'll get that should be fair but not what you do is what you will over get or pay off. otherwise the justice system isn't forcusing to a human right. HOPE THIS IS MAKING A LOT OF SENSE TO WHOM ISN'T ENTITLED TO FACT.

  121. Tammy Barnes Beard

    Coco Cordero LISTEN MAYBE U SHOULD DO UR HOMEWORK, I ONLY RESPONDED TO SOMEONE ELSE WHEN THE RACE CAME IN TO THIS CAUSE THAT'S ALL U EVER HEAR FROM THE MAJORITY OF BLACK PEOPLE AND I AM ONE WHO IS SICK OF IT!!!! GET REAL, I AM TIRED OF THE EXCUSES, HERE IS MOSTLY BLACK ON BLACK CRIME WITH ALL THESE DRIVE BY'S HITTING LITTLE CHILDREN! WE HAD 2 WHITE BOYS AGE 17 GO ON A SPREE AND ENDED UP KILLING A FAMILY WHO WALKED IN ON A ROBBERY WHILE THEY WERE ON DRUGS, DO U THINK THEY SAT IN PRISON FOR 20 YRS NO, 10 YRS LATER THEY WERE PUT TO DEATH! AND I SAY BRING MORE OF IT ON! U ARE SPEAKING OUT OF PURE IGNORANCE AND NOTHING MORE. PEOPLE LIKE U IS WHAT PISSES ME OFF, WANT TO BLAME THE WORLD FOR UR PROBLEMS, TALKING ABOUT BEING MINORITIES JUST BECAUSE UR NOT HANDED WHAT U THINK U DESERVE FOR WHAT OTHER PEOPLE WENT THRU, EVERY PERSON HAS A CHOICE AND WHATEVER FREAKIN COLOR U ARE WHEN U DO THE CRIME U SHOULD PAY THE ULTIMATE PRICE BECAUSE WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING IN THE PAST IS NOT WORKING AND APPARENTLY U ARE OK WITH ALL THE KILLING AND SENSELESS KILLING OF OUR NATION BUT I AM FED UP, AND I DON'T CARE WHO U ARE OR WHAT COLOR U ARE IF U HAVE NO REGARD FOR THE HUMAN RACE AND THINK JUST BECAUSE OF WHERE U COME FROM AND DIDN'T GO GET UR EDUCATION AND BELIEVE ME IT IS AVAILABLE THAT UR ONLY CHOICE IS ROBBING AND TAKING PEOPLES SECURITY AWAY THEN IT DON'T MATTER IF IT'S 20 YRS OR 100 YRS THAT PERSON DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO WALK AMONG US READY TO STRIKE AT ANYBODY THEY CHOOSE! SO HERE U GO SHOW UR SELF IF THAT MAN WAS WHITE U WOULD BE CELEBRATING! SO THANKS HOT COCO FOR SHOWING UR TRUE COLORS! JUST LIKE CASEY ANTHONY SHE SHOULD HAVE FRIED, BUT I HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF THAT ONE, AND THE WHITE OFFICERS THAT KILLED THT MENTALLY ILL WHITE MAN BY BEATING HIM TO DEATH AND BASICALLY FRYING HIM WITH TAZORS, WHO WAS PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE PAID LEAVE THAT WILL NEVER PAY THE PRICE, AND LIKE THE BLACK OFFICERS WHO BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF MY BROTHER FOR NO REASON, AND FOR THE LITTLE PLACE HERE THAT IS RUN BY BLACK PEOPLE WHO HAD A HIRING SIGN OUT, WHEN I LOST MY JOB AND THEY SNICKERED AS THEY SAID WE ARE NOT HIRING, BUT WHEN I SENT IN MY BLACK FRIEND WHO REALLY DIDN'T NEED A JOB SHE GOT AN APP…IT GOES BOTH WAYS AND IN MY OPINION, PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM, IT'S ABOUT RIGHT AND WRONG, HURTING PEOPLE, TAKING PEOPLES SECURITIES AWAY IS JUST AS BAD HE HAS KILLED THEIR SPIRIT AND THEY LIVE IN FEAR! WHEN PEOPLE START BEING PART OF THE SOLUTION, STOP THE EXCUSES, CAUSE THAT IS ALL IT IS U LOOKING FOR AN EXCUSE, INSTEAD OF REALLY FACING THE ISSUES! GOOD LUCK ON THAT ONE BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE IT'S DOWN DEEP IN U!RACISM IS TAUGHT, FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE OTHER AND ALL U ARE DOING IS PASSING IT DOWN!

  122. Coco Rosie

    Brian Kurtz I KNEW IT!!! You calling me racist, U ARE RACIST! What has that man ever done to you besides being black! Not a damn thing!

  123. Coco Rosie

    Bashia Anderson Monreal For running away??? What the hell! What caused his running away???? I wonder! Besides, no kid gets locked up for running away. Who u fooling. They go to a group home. That's about it.We talking about this YOUNG man's life gone. smgdh

  124. Tammy Barnes Beard

    Coco Cordero SEE HERE WE GO AGAIN SHOWING UR IGNORANCE, A PARENT CAN HAVE THEIR CHILD PUT THERE DEPENDING ON THEIR AGE, AND THEIR BEHAVIOR– GO BACK TO SCHOOL– AND IF UR SO CONCERNED ABOUT THIS YOUNG CRIMINAL, WHY U KEEP ATTACKING PEOPLE! IF THERE IS ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE, U CAN'T REASON WITH AN IDIOT! SOUNDS LIKE U A BLONDE TRAPPED IN THE WRONG BODY! DUH! AND U WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, MAKES U SAY MMMMMMM!

  125. Jit Tima

    @ Kalaya Eckle > u have to understand the nature of law, and then try to understand 'law enforcement' in this case what i disagree with ur sympathetic here are some points of my view:

    1. Law enforcement to juvenile and Adult are different in someway but anyway the concept of the punishment is control the freedom, put u in jail is more torture u than kill u. (modern punishment theory)
    don't be surprised with 97 years or 30 years or forever in jail…it's a law. to control the peacefulness in the society. if he can rehab and prove his habit law and society always ready to give him a chance, reduce the duration and let him free.

    2. Guilty: to commit a crime we consider the evidences and WILL in his case he PLAN, THINK, CONSIDER all are preparing him to commit a crime so he deserve that punishment.

    my opinion, he isn't KID or CHILD, by his age and under the law, he is a juvenile which almost equivalent to ADULT.

  126. Kalaya Eckle

    Da'Shea Guevara, i'm completely agree. fact and evidence are the key to wieght a punishment.

  127. Jit Tima

    i understand ur point how u feel poor to him, his life, his family. but don't drag that to urself and use ur emotion to judge. we have to law ppl have to respect and understand the law. u will see the trend of the law amendment, lower the age period for the childhood, but at the same time all childhood wanna be an adult sooner than before. they wanna vote, they wanna be able to smoke, to drink, to do thing alone, but they wil never ready to pay tax and responsible for their mistake.

  128. Abdul Essa

    Bernetha Powell Harrison Point taken, but my whole point was that the time should match the crime. I remember a story about a convicted child molested with HIV only getting 10 years for molesting a 10 year old boy. Again, I'm probably comparing apples and oranges.

  129. Kalaya Eckle

    Jit Tima, 97 years is over paid off for his guilt. The punishment should be valued and base to the fact and evidence.

  130. Jit Tima

    u said "I think half of his life that is best punishment" u use ur judgement with ur emotional standard, why half why not? LAW will never use emotion to judge :)

    u said "Please give him a chance to be a good kid" to put him in jail is the way to give him the opportunity to learn life, rehab, training, etc. jail not that bad like in a movie :P

  131. Joy Harrigan

    People get less time for murder and/or rape (i.e. the woman who ran over and killed two boys here and got house arrest). It's a shame. He should be punished, but 100 years is excessive. I think his race was definitely a factor.

  132. Supatra Deemakmak

    You may feel slightly different if this person robbed you at gunpoint and nearly take your life over a little money. The trouble with the criminal justice system is that there is too much feeling sorry for the criminal and not enough feeling sorry for the victims od their crimes. All too often they only get out over and over again to re-commit more and more crimes because they fool everyone like you with soft heart to let them out feeling sorry for them. You should talk with Loong Daryl sometime about criminal justice system he work for over 35 years with criminals. There is no justice anymore, because the social workers and the probation officers and the courts, and the prisons would all be out of work if we did the right thing with those that make our good citizens suffer for nothing except the criminals own sickness and greed. In King County in Seattle, the budget for Criminal justice system is 70% of the tax base from the citizens. That is a ridiculous price for good people to have to pay for a broken system. I personally feel most criminals are wasting oxygen on this earth. You need to go to the prison and adopt some of them and bring them home to live with you and you will quickly realize your sorrows were sadly misplaced.

  133. Tammy Barnes Beard

    Lisa Young i would like to see the studies u are speaking of, facts are that more crime is committed by black men mostly black on black crime, and it's mostly our youth, most dumb white people do really sick stuff and they are put to death, there is no doubt the world has witnessed esp. with dirty cops of what they are capable of but it goes both ways, and there is no doubt we got a messed up justice system, they should have been laying down the hammer many yrs ago, but they have tried to have rehabilitation and most times the people that go thru it and get out go back to crime and end up back in prison system, if everybody would look at whoever is doing the crime and say look u did bad and we can't uphold it, yeah i feel bad for tht guy because if ever cared to understand the damage he was doing, but saying to this young MAN, not a child, u got a raw deal because of ur skin color, only breeds hate and repeats the same cycle and gives him a false sense of his mistakes. Plus even dumber of them is to commit the crimes, if all yall believe that skin color gives u a raw deal, then why would u take a chance to live a life of crime, because in the past they thought they could do a little time and get out, sorry but this world needs examples to stop this violence! Do u enjoy seeing young black kids getting shot in our streets by other black kids just because they get a thrill out of it innocent little children being killed by stray bullets, i ask u then how do u think this is gonna get under control! Do u have kids, a living mother or father, brother or sister that it would kill u for somebody to hurt them over a few bucks that they struggled to earn! would it be a race issue then or would it be a human being that deserves justice! and we all know that they are street smart so that shows they can go to school and learn and get a job like everybody else has to do in the free world and everybody has to start out small at sometime and build their way up!

  134. Tammy Barnes Beard

    Kalaya Eckle yeah if that were true, i think that we all would like to put our hands around someone's throat before if we all knew we could get a second chance, but common sense means u can't do that without paying the price and i for one don't want to go to jail, prison, behind the gate it's not my cup of tea so i choose to do the right thing and stay away from trouble because i have children depending on me and a Mother to honor, cause she taught me better than that!

  135. Kalaya Eckle

    well, tammy, i understand what you comming from, but fact is fact. The punishment has to be base on the scale of what he did, which law has been established before use. No one never say he isn't desired to be punished but what I say 97-yr was too over punishing someone base on the other similair cases in different state.

  136. Kalaya Eckle

    I don't say this because I felt bad for the guy, but I want to see that the decision is made by accroding to law and scale of law punishment. this is my whole point.

  137. Jit Tima

    if u really doubt in 97 years judgement, why not write a letter to the court or ask criminal law school professor?

  138. Jit Tima

    on jan. i sold drug = 20 year is jail
    on feb. i shoot a woman and stole money = 15 years in jail
    on mar. i rob the money = 5 years in jail
    on apr. i raped a kid = 15 years in jail
    on may. i drunk and drive = 5 years in jail
    i escape the police till one day on jun. i was caught and send to the court, different crime in different time, total jail time for me will be 60 years! right now i'm 40 u think i can live till hundred to get the punishment? hahhaha

  139. Kalaya Eckle

    Jit Tima, a profession won't say that. we would say only base on evidence and weight which punishment a person shall be. i think i had been meantion this over and over again but you never get it. that is ok. i think we should change other subject. see you guys in the facebook. bye bye bye

  140. Jit Tima

    i know that so that case i brought it up is just what u should understand :)

  141. Tammy Barnes Beard

    Kalaya Eckle I think there is something people are not considering in this case, He was not given 97 years for just one crime…He committed multiple crimes which are carry a large sentencing! I understand what ur saying, if he was sentenced 25 yrs per robbery and then 30 for attempted murder, which those numbers are examples, and then there is other charges which come with the law such as if it was with a weapon ect…. The Judge has Law Rules to follow as well, he can not hand down more punishment than the law calls for! I understand that people walk all the time that should not and some are punished that are actually innocent, but his crimes was caught on a camera!!! I would be real curious how it all plays out, after the appeals, and u can bet the NAACP will be involved, but there is things we don't know such as his Juvinille record, weather there is a history of violence or not! And if everybody had a heart like yours we would be ok, but they are not we have sick evil violent people running havoc all over our world, i am not trying to change ur mind, i just did not want to come across as heartless person, i think it's very sad that today that he felt that was the only life he could live, but with the same breath one of the problems is so many times people look at criminals with more sympothy than all the victims and that is an injustice in itself, and trust me we got alot more problems but if we as a united front don't take a stand then what's gonna be here for our kids to grow up in. I mean turn on the news where i live here in Ga. and I am not exgerating i want hardly watch the news anymore, i know what part of town i will not go on but it's everywhere and if anyone would care to go to these highschools and understand the break down there then and only then will we every understand the mindset of our youth today and it's heartbreaking, but if they never understand well i do a little time and get out it wouldn't phase them, they don't understand it takes work to earn things, they want it now, so they will rob, and every interview i ever heard, they said when they felt the adrenaline and power it just grew, until they done something they finally got pinned down from and are faced with the consequences! Everybody can be sorry once they are caught, but why should we settle for a life of fear! and the time was 10 yrs ago, but we all set back and let it happen, we should all push for tougher laws and after a few examples maybe then and only then people will consider their actions, We don't have enough cops in this world to protect us, I got children that do not deserve to live in fear that can't live a normal live, i got an old daddy that still gets around and drives a truck at the age of 78 because he can't afford his meds, if he was in one of those stores and someone shot him, i have a big family that would be effected and life as we know it is gone! Maybe some to these people r stonger than me but i was almost robbed when i mangaged a Medical Uniform Co. but by the grace of God i just happended to look up at the right time and have time to get out from behind the register and walk to the front door and call the cops i quit my job and it took many years for that fear to go away and i never went thur what these people went thru, Criminals have to understand just because by the Grace of God that person he shot lived, part of him and his families life did die that day and all the people who the gun was pointed at. So the man behind bars will have to deal with things and usually it's the best thing for them before anymore blood was on his hands and history is showing he would not have stopped until he was caught and how many more innocent people have to suffer! Maybe now he can come to grips of what he has done, feel some major remorse and make things right with God, cause that is the most important thing for him right now! I serve a miracle making God, but i also know he is fed up with the violence and immoral
    sinful nature of this world! It's time for people to take a stand against crime come what may or get out the way, i am fighting for my kid futrue, your kids future, and all of humanity! Examples it's time to show these people who are running things we fed up, it's time to put fear into them no matter who it is!

  142. Tammy Barnes Beard

    Jit Tima EXACTLY, AND I DON'T THINK EVERYONE IS UNDERSTANDING THE CHARGES FOR EACH CRIME! BUT THEN TURN IT AROUND AND MAKE IT RACIAL OR SAY AGAINST MINORITIES, THAT BURNS ME UP, WHAT ABOUT THE NBA PLAYER WHOM IN AUGUST IN ATLANTA GA. JAVARIS CRITTENTON WHOM WAS OUT FOR REVENGE ON 2 OTHER THUGS, SO IN AUGUST 2011 WAS GONNA DO A DRIVE BY BECAUSE ONE OF THEM ROBBED HIM OF HIS GOLD JEWELRY WENT INTO A RESIDENTIAL AREA SAW THE 2 GUYS AND JUST SO HAPPEN A 22 YR OLD WOMEN OF 4 CHILDREN WAS WALKING IN FRONT OF HER HOME HE SHOT AND KILLED HER, NOW THIS IS A MAN WHO MADE IT WENT TO GA. TECH, POLICE SAID THEY WENT TO HIS HOME WHICH BY THE WAY WAS 3 STORIES WITH WELL MANICURED LAWN, HE WENT ON THE RUN AND EVENTUALLY CAUGHT HE HAS NOT BEEN SENTENCED TO MY KNOWLEDGE, BUT THE RESULT IS THAT POOR LADIES CHILDREN HAD TO BE SMALL SHE WAS ONLY 22, THEY WILL BE EFFECTED THE REST OF THEIR LIVES IF THEY ARE HERE 97 YRS OR NOT THEY HAVE LOST FAR MORE THAN THESE CRIMINALS WHO ARE PUT BEHIND BARS, THEY CAN STILL HAVE VISITORS, LETTERS FROM FAMILY, BUT THOSE KIDS WILL NEVER HAVE THAT WHERE IS THE FAIRNESS IN THAT. EVERYBODY IS SORRY WHEN THEY ARE CAUGHT AND HAVE A RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE WHEN THEY ARE HAVING TO PAY THE PRICE, BUT IF THEY NEVER CAUGHT HIM REMORSE NEVER WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE BECAUSE THEY ARE GIVING THE EXCUSE I AM OWED SOMETHING AND GONNA TAKE IT!

  143. Tammy Barnes Beard

    Lisa Young Mrs. Lisa- we all know it's flawed, OJ SIMPSON, CASEY ANTHONY and there is more, but no need to go any further cause that is agreed and well known! I would like to know ur thoughts on these titles that are so easily slung around, racism and minorities! Because there is one thing i agree with you on and that is the Blame Game! You would have to go case by case to determine what the truth of what u are saying is! I have personally witnessed evil from white cops to blacks after they had to chase them down and i have seen evil from black cops to whites for no reason! The main thing i am trying to say with that is it goes both ways not right but it does, are the white people who are being discriminated against cared about with in the black community! As long as everybody keeps these titles, it is only breeding more hate and more bitterness, this is not the 1950's,60's,70's anymore! Until we start realizing that giving those titles and that is all it is to give people a false sense that they can blame the world and that the world owes them something. Evil is Evil and yeah people can make mistakes but they still know what they are doing is wrong, so why do people fall into that trick well he's black so he is punished harder than a white man there would have to have a lot more research and laws of each state and see if they were 1st time offenders or have had a pattern of criminal behavior, so what u are saying can not be a true and accurate statement! With that being said I would not trust my fate in nobody's hands in a court setting so i don't commit crime! I have had friends and some family that fall onto the wrong side of the law and they served their time and one that skates by all the time because he has never been violent but he is still a thief! We weren't raised in any well to do way, but beside me a young black lady who has had 5 kids by 5 different daddy's gets help but my mother who worked and paid taxed her whole life was denied any kind of assistance and she was terminally ill and died at the age of 53 i lost my job with the economy and i couldn't get any help, and I do thank the Lord for letting her have the help even though she was young and did not have sense enough to stop having babies that are gonna suffer for it. My 9 yr old daughter and myself have seen things on tv that has happened in the past and even this little child crying looking at that back then says that makes me ashamed to be white! You know why, cause i don't teach my children to look at color, i don't teach my kids that they are better than any other human being and not to judge others because they don't know what they have to go thru but do teach them how to have good judgement of who they should be hanging out with, but Me and My Husband was raised with at least one racist parent, and when i finally talked to my dad i asked him why do u say that stuff, and sat there with a blank look for a little while and then said cause that's what my mama did! then we schooled him and he is a changed man took a while to get the wrong words from coming out his mouth but when he realized my children would not be around it, it helped. See it is taught, is handed down from family to family to someone breaks the cycle! So i think if everyone came clean and took there blinders off Racism is in the black community towards whites just as much if not more now days because of the excuse that is handed down we are black we gone be treated unfair through life, maybe awhile ago but that shipped has sailed and maybe if u did more research on all the human race u would see, but being one sided on things, does that make you racist! I am just asking not calling u that, because if there is one thing i have learned is this world don't give a damn about anybody it's gonna keep turning weather we got it bad or not, it don't care about anybody's problems! So the Blame Game ticks me off, cause if it is taught to black men that is there future and they turn to crime as their life then they are taking the chance more and expecting it! I don't know about u or if u have kids, but i am fed up with senseless crimes, murders and just plain out hurting people! So at the words of Micheal Jackson- starting with the man in the mirror! WE have our Troops trying to protect us from anything else like 911 whites, blacks and all types of me and women, weather people believe in the war or not the troops don't get to make that call, they are doing the bravest job possible, and right here in the great ole US of A the terrorist are right here amongst us taking people lives away everyday, if our courts don't get strict what are we gonna do? You are right it's time to stop the Blame Game! If we can't be part of the solution, then we are part of the problem!

  144. Kalaya Eckle

    Tammy, i think it must be hard for everyone to understand your situation. Every sigle guy here and my friends, who added comment here, were completely missed my point. they were thinking that i felt bad for the guy. If you read all my every single commment, my point was trying to veiw " the punishment is based on evidence." that was all. I wish that you will pay attention to my point since these people didn't and it's not my responsible to take care their feeling when they were not pay attention to all details and kept upset for nothing.

  145. Al Corleone

    100 years for robbing a few stores, yet we have assholes who rape and kill children who only do 20, 10 if they act good. boy o boy.