I'm 17 years old so that excuses me from my actions...right?

@Feona1962 (7527)
United States
November 22, 2008 12:43pm CST
This is about a 17 year old male that severly beat a 77 year old woman while she was sleeping and burglarized her home, and left her for dead...OMG!!! He fled to Florida.. He is currently serving a 3 year state term in Florida for fleeing, and assault on a police officer and trespassing.. He has been handed an aggregate sentence of 12 to 24 years in state prison due to that assault.. He regretted his actions and pointed out his young age to the court.. I don't care if he was just 17...He committed a horrible, unspeakable crime and he should be punished... There is no excuse..NONE!!! Give me your feedback...
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@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
23 Nov 08
That was just plain mean all there was to it. Dont matter the age if he has a brain he knows right from wrong adn thats was just wrong I hope they through awaay the key!
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
23 Nov 08
Hi lakota... He is being sentenced like an adult... He stole her car keys and drove from PA to Florida so he knew exactly what he was doing..He even robbed the poor woman's sons house too! Just awful...
@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
23 Nov 08
Good and yup he knew what he was doing!
• United States
23 Nov 08
if you dont know right from wrong by the age of 17 then you probably NEVER will! he knew what he did was wrong, horribly wrong..and thankfully he IS serving time for it! though personally i think things like this should get a eye for an eye type of punishment..he beat her..he needs to get beaten too. did the woman live?
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
23 Nov 08
Hi Cinder.. I agree with you totally..Yes she did survive...but she will be forever afraid for sure..I prayed for her.. Things like this just aggravate me to no end.. He is being as an adult which is how it should be..
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@minfas (878)
• Sri Lanka
23 Nov 08
He is 17 years old and not a kid. He should be punished to the maximum for doing this.
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@jewilim (495)
• Philippines
23 Nov 08
I think a 17 year old is already old enough to know the consequences of his actions. At his age he could already point out which is good from bad and if he still choses bad actions then he should really suffer its consequences. It is really not an excuse for people of his age to be ignorant. Ignorance of the law is really not an excuse because if he will be excused there would be lots of minors who would be follwing what he did because they not they would not be punished for it. Toleratiing the act would just mean injustice to those people who were harmed and aggreviated.
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@suzzy3 (8349)
23 Nov 08
There is no excuse for what he has done,if he is capable of this at seventeen what has he got before him to do.He needs to be locked up and treated ,he is sick and in a certain way probably cannot help his actions and that is why he should be locked up for life and never let out,how is that poor woman,to get to that age and have that happen to you is defys belief.Poor old soul,not threat to anyone an easy target for this cowardly monster.
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
23 Nov 08
Hi suzzy... He has been sentenced as if he were an adult...The district attorney says he needs to be segregated from society...so he does not prey on others.. My heart aches for this lady...
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@suzzy3 (8349)
23 Nov 08
We get it here as well poor old souls being done over for a the price of a fix,natural justice as our justice don't seem to be much good,I hate to say it as I am a good person like you ,but I hope he rots in hell.
@littleone3 (2065)
23 Nov 08
How can he say that he regretted his actions he obviously didn't as he would not have fled and would have turned himself in. What a dreadful thing to do to that poor woman. I don't see what his age has to do with it at 17 you know right from wrong. Some people will use any excuse just to try to get an lenient jail sentence.
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
23 Nov 08
Hi littleone... That is what the defense was hoping for..using his age..but the district attorney didn't let it happen..
@SomeCowgirl (32254)
• United States
22 Nov 08
That is the most horrible thing I've heard. I can't believe that anyone would do that. That's someone's grandmother, someone's mom, someone's aunt, sister, that's someone's someone. That could have been his grandma, and how would he feel if that happened to her. It's horrible and I hope he's punished, but I also hope he gets some help.
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
23 Nov 08
Yes it was very horrible...and it just makes my heart ache to think that he hurt her...no reason for it...
@1corner (744)
• Canada
23 Nov 08
His age doesn't excuse him from doing wrong, but the way the law works, I think, is it considers one's age to determine the severity/type of punishment. It's hoped/believed that with his youth, he'd show remorse and is capable of going the right way later, unlike someone older who's already set in his ways, or if a repeat offender, may be a hardened criminal.
@metschica25 (5405)
• United States
23 Nov 08
There are so many stories out there like this lately and you think i would be used to hearing things like that But I am not ! I am sitting here in shock ! That is just horrible ! and age has nothing to do with it . There is right and there is wrong . And something is not right with someone who would do that to someone . He needs help but also has to pay the price . Bless her !
@lurditas (14)
• Spain
23 Nov 08
Oh, you are right! No excuse! When I was 17, I was totally responsable. This man must be punished as you tell!
@Keola12 (793)
• United States
23 Nov 08
I agree with you 100%. Murder is murder, no matter what the age. Anybody who commits murder needs to be severely punished to the full extent of the law, regardless if the murderer is a minor or an adult. In fact, I believe that anybody who commits murder should have the same thing done to them as they did to the victims.
• United States
23 Nov 08
I get so sick and tired of kids doing adult actions and not wanting to take the consequences for thier actions. That is HORRIBLE!!!! That teen knew exactly what he was up to and doing. He needs to pay the price! Almost all criminals say that they regret thier actions in the begining. In my oppinion it is just an cheesy way to try and get a lighter sentence.
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
23 Nov 08
NO.....that boy has no excuse whatsoever. He's close enough age wise to being an adult, so he can't really use youth as an excuse. What nerve!
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
23 Nov 08
That is terrible. He is old enough to know right from wrong. He knew what he was doing the whole time. He should do the adult punishment.
@zalilame (880)
• Malaysia
22 Nov 08
Maybe he is a 17 years old with a gorilla brain inside his head. He banged on his chest and said I am 17 and I need to do something to make the world know my birthday. Then he started doing horrid stuff like that. Only an animal can do such thing. It is a good thing that he get his punishment.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
22 Nov 08
his age is no excuse. he knew better. they ought to do to him exactly what he did to that poor lady & then stivk his tail in jail for a long, long time.
@carmelanirel (20976)
• United States
22 Nov 08
I agree, he is beyond the age of accountability and should be punished for what he did..
@ElicBxn (61143)
• United States
22 Nov 08
I'm not sure about the 8 year old, but 17 is old enough to KNOW better!
@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov 08
Like you I agree that he should get the Punishment the highest one he committed the Crime and the minute he did he committed his Life to Prison He took a Life away so what he is getting is nothing compared to the poor Woman he killed