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Created: January 12, 2006
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Marquez, Veronica L.:


Message 5992:

After reading this story I am left with an unbelievable sigh. That's it only 30 days in jail and community service. I know his intentions were probably not to kill the other boy, but he was willing to beat him, because obviously he went their to pick a fight. I would have sentenced to at least 10 years just so that he can learn a lesson one can't just pick a fight kill a person and walk away its not that easy. I don't believe in giving him life because he's young, and has not yet lived his life, and perhaps he was manipulated and peer pressured by other kids to pick this fight. This sounds similar to this one case where I was just outraged and so upset. This boy who was 12 years old was sentenced to life in prison for wrestling with a 6 year old girl and accidently killing her. Now his intentions were never to kill this girl they always played that way. The little girl's mom testified and didn't want him to receive that sentenced but he still did. I think the system is all screwed up, the people who should be in prison are out, and the ones that are in prison should out. This is just my opinion. Veronica

Rebekah wrote:

"This is a case that I find very interesting. It is several months old but since I am new to this website, I would like to know what people think of it on a scholarly level. Here is the basic story:

"James "Nino" Sustache, a 17 year old, was at an underage drinking party. He reportedly received several harrassing phone calls from a 16 year old boy. I guess Nino kissed the 16 year old's girlfriend several months before that.

"Nino was said to have told the other boy that he didn't want to fight, but the persistant teen went to the party and called Nino outside. Nino met him and said he didn't want to fight. The other boy then punched Nino so hard that Nino fell to the ground, hitting his head on the curb. Nino was in a coma for 10 days and then passed away.

"The offending teen was sentenced to 30 days jail and community service. That's it. When I heard this, I was outraged. That child was murdered. Granted, it wasn't premediated, but one person caused the death of another.

"Giving myself time to think about it, I realized that I had been in fights in high school. That's all this was to the other boy, a fight. He couldn't have planned to kill Nino, just "teach him a lesson." So perhaps he could've been dealt a stiffer sentence. Then I found out that the boy was the little brother of my childhood best friend, I didn't know what to think.

I'm interested in hearing everyone's opinion. How would you have sentenced the kid? There are links at the bottom of this page to give you more information. _dhweb=form&_lt23r=home&kv=headlinenews.headlinenew_id=6404 op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=8005&mode=th read&order=0&thold=0 (a father's note) (story of mother who owned the house the party was at)


Veronica, I'm glad to have this exchange between you and Rebekah (UWP). This is, indeed, one of those cases in which agencies are faced with the dilemma of how to appropriately respond to situations that get out of hand. This kind of thing happened with Lionel Tate, who got a life sentence when he was 14; now he's been paroled because everyone thought the sentence was too harsh, and he's already back in serious trouble. There are no perfect answers in these cases.
December 20, 2005

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