He's 14 -- but could get life

He's 14 -- but could get life

There are 141 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Apr 15, 2007, titled He's 14 -- but could get life. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Corey Steplight spends 21 hours a day alone in his 11-by-7-foot cell at the Orange County Jail.

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no-pity-4--trash

Winter Park, FL

#21 Apr 15, 2007
lock him up and let the big boys trade him for cigarettes--this is a sweet kid???
sandegold

Palm Bay, FL

#22 Apr 15, 2007
"He is incorrigible, he is utilizing drugs, refuses to follow directions and clearly does not have any internalized controls that would enable him to function harmoniously, at large in society," Tressler wrote in his report. He also found Corey incompetent to proceed with any hearing, plea or sentencing..........
"" This is just my opinion,if this child could plan all these deeds,then he understands what is going to happen to him...My question is,..." Where are they going to put him...? He is to young to be in jail with the hard core criminals,and he's not going to be able to be kept in Juvie for the rest of his life,so where does that leave him...? I guess Juvie till he's 18 and then in prison for the rest of his life when he turns 18...another child that his parents,grandparents and the system failed...so in essence,he will be in jail for the rest of our lives and our children's lives...and we must support this little murderer...
GGGTHREE

United States

#24 Apr 15, 2007
Neighbors used to participate in "street" discipline by giving a kid a kick in the pants and pointing them in the right direction.
We still lost a few but never to killings over Starter jackets,$250 shoes or rims.
When did we lapse into a society afraid of our children?
Was it when "baby daddies" became tolerated?
That's got to be it, right?
The traditional family structure and the community family has disappeared.
You can't rehab someone without mental reasoning power.
Like our animals, euthanize them.
fred

Tampa, FL

#25 Apr 15, 2007
JLB wrote:
My heart goes out to Ruby and the family of the victims, Ruby, I am sure you did your best, but I do not want your Gson to see the day of light, I agree with the apple guy. Once bad always bad maybe your gson can do something good in jail when he hears the music, many lifers tend to become advocates for kids and maybe he can save a life next time around instead of taking the life. God Bless you Rudy
We'll need your account number to extract the money from to pay for his lodging and schooling. You can send that information to the corrections dept. of orange county. I'm sure they will make his life more comfy.
JSnowden

New Smyrna Beach, FL

#26 Apr 15, 2007
I'm glad that they are trying this kid as an adult. I don't agree when so many people say "But he's only a child." Who cares?! Caprtal murder is capital murder! He's lcuky he's not 18.......Florida's Death Row could have been waiting for him!
robert

Casselberry, FL

#27 Apr 15, 2007
Young Corey deserves a life behind bars. The juvenile justice system has not failed Corey. His drug addicted, prostitute /felon mother and the woman who raised her are the ones who failed Corey. When his only reaction to a charge of murder is "I'll be out in 21 days", he demonstrates the conscience of a farm animal and as one needs to be apropriately penned up for life. As should his mother and grandmother.
robert

Casselberry, FL

#28 Apr 15, 2007
JLB wrote:
My heart goes out to Ruby and the family of the victims, Ruby, I am sure you did your best, but I do not want your Gson to see the day of light, I agree with the apple guy. Once bad always bad maybe your gson can do something good in jail when he hears the music, many lifers tend to become advocates for kids and maybe he can save a life next time around instead of taking the life. God Bless you Rudy
You have got to be kidding! God bless Ruby? Let's not ignore the fine job she did raising her drug addicted prostitute daughter who in turn produced Corey.The whole family should be locked up.
fred

Tampa, FL

#30 Apr 15, 2007
GGGTHREE wrote:
Neighbors used to participate in "street" discipline by giving a kid a kick in the pants and pointing them in the right direction.
We still lost a few but never to killings over Starter jackets,$250 shoes or rims.
When did we lapse into a society afraid of our children?
Was it when "baby daddies" became tolerated?
That's got to be it, right?
The traditional family structure and the community family has disappeared.
You can't rehab someone without mental reasoning power.
Like our animals, euthanize them.
When I was a child and got out of line, I got a spanking, just like all of us law abiding folks did. And don't tell me you didn't! Let me tell you something, it's the law that let this happen. They took away the right of the parent to punish their children when they are bad. The kids learn this and say to their parents, "you can't touch me, naw na naw na naw naw, and run away laughing. Tell the child to go to 'time out', yea, that's gonna happen. Yep, try to grab'em.
Oops a little bruise on his or her arm. Off to jail you go. They still claim the problem is from the parents. Give the parents back the right to punish their own children the way they were brought up and maybe we all might be able to enjoy a happy "hello, how ya doing?" kind of day. What do you think?
fred

Tampa, FL

#31 Apr 15, 2007
Here's another idea. Why don't we just put all of these killing idiots on a bus and transport them to Texas. They have kinda like a no wait policy....hint hint,
We could put jars in stores for donations for the gas and transort crew. The store owners would probably put the most in. Good idea huh:-}
fred

Tampa, FL

#32 Apr 15, 2007
robert wrote:
<quoted text>
You have got to be kidding! God bless Ruby? Let's not ignore the fine job she did raising her drug addicted prostitute daughter who in turn produced Corey.The whole family should be locked up.
Sorry, you do have a good point, please forgive me.
fred

Tampa, FL

#33 Apr 15, 2007
sandegold wrote:
"He is incorrigible, he is utilizing drugs, refuses to follow directions and clearly does not have any internalized controls that would enable him to function harmoniously, at large in society," Tressler wrote in his report. He also found Corey incompetent to proceed with any hearing, plea or sentencing..........
"" This is just my opinion,if this child could plan all these deeds,then he understands what is going to happen to him...My question is,..." Where are they going to put him...? He is to young to be in jail with the hard core criminals,and he's not going to be able to be kept in Juvie for the rest of his life,so where does that leave him...? I guess Juvie till he's 18 and then in prison for the rest of his life when he turns 18...another child that his parents,grandparents and the system failed...so in essence,he will be in jail for the rest of our lives and our children's lives...and we must support this little murderer...
We must pay for are neighbors mistakes and forgive them. Give all your money to the higher power for that is the way of the lord. Don't forget to pass the tray, he need new tires.
mms

Coppell, TX

#34 Apr 15, 2007
the kid is NOT a teenager.he is a HARDENED sociopathic criminal. He will never be a normal kid anymore, so he needs to be kept away from lawabiding society. It is a shame he is so young chonologically, but he is OLD. the system did not fail him, his PARENTS failed him and probably failed him at the time of his fertilization.he needs to be sterilized before he produces another like him.
TheRunningNurse

Longwood, FL

#35 Apr 15, 2007
robert wrote:
<quoted text>
You have got to be kidding! God bless Ruby? Let's not ignore the fine job she did raising her drug addicted prostitute daughter who in turn produced Corey.The whole family should be locked up.
THANK YOU ! I was thinking the same thing. Ruby raised a crack slore who then started breeding. Ruby has had custody of his boy since he was 6 months old. She obviously did not try to teach him right from wrong. Now she wants to blame the court system for not getting him some help ! If she could not handle him, she should have turned him over to the state....oh but then she would lose that "government check".

I say sentence Corey to death. There is no amount of therapy that will rehabilitate this guy. If he is ever allowed out of jail, another innocent person will die.
GAKnight

Mount Juliet, TN

#36 Apr 15, 2007
George Bush and Dick Cheney have killed tens of thousands of people, and premeditated at that. Whaich form of executiion befits those two?

Should they be tried as adults? They are certainly juvenile in their thinking. Fred, I nominate you to be the executioner since you seem to relish in the thought of it. One moron snuffs another.
Lisa

Sanford, FL

#37 Apr 15, 2007
I don't feel sorry for this idiot at all. The only good that's coming out of this is that he is being tried as an adult- Who could ask for anything less? I say fry him. Clearly he cannot be rehabilitated. Why waste jail space? I have no sympathy over someone who KILLS AN INNOCENT MAN OVER A CAR. Just because he had a rough upbringing and he is 14, doesnít mean he should be given any special privileges. There are a lot of people out there who have had worse childhoods are not driven to commit murder. He was evil the day he was born.
Ralph

Sebastian, FL

#38 Apr 15, 2007
I would bet money this boyís father is his cousin or uncle. Woman that have a dozen children or more claim they donít know who the daddy is, they know and wonít say because itís a relative. More research should be done about inbreeding and troubled kids.
Soft Dems

AOL

#39 Apr 15, 2007
Simple solution. The bleeding kind hearted liberals like Teddy "Dine em, Dink em, and Dunk em)Kennedy, Wild Owl Gore, Billary and "child psychic" Edwards could all use about 25,000 SF of their homes for bunking these good misguided youths...

Edwards can have special hearings to understand these youths and set their path straight..

They will still have 5000sf of living space and lots of acreage for these fun children...

Since: Dec 06

Palm Bay, FL

#40 Apr 15, 2007
The kid says, "Grandma, I'll be out in 21 days"

That speaks VOLUMES as to what goes through these little criminals minds. And that also speaks to EXACTLY why they should be charged as adults for capital crimes like murder. They think that because of their age they can get away with anything.

The system has to make it abundantly clear to any little criminal out there that they WILL NOT skate for committing a felony. That they WILL go to prison for a long time.

Since: Dec 06

Palm Bay, FL

#41 Apr 15, 2007
GAKnight wrote:
George Bush and Dick Cheney have killed tens of thousands of people, and premeditated at that. Whaich form of executiion befits those two?
Should they be tried as adults? They are certainly juvenile in their thinking. Fred, I nominate you to be the executioner since you seem to relish in the thought of it. One moron snuffs another.
That has NOTHING to do with this and only serves to show your total and utter ignorance in anything political. So get off it and PLEASE stay on topic.
pudbert_Savannah GA

Littleton, CO

#42 Apr 15, 2007
GAKnight wrote:
George Bush and Dick Cheney have killed tens of thousands of people, and premeditated at that. Whaich form of executiion befits those two?
Should they be tried as adults? They are certainly juvenile in their thinking. Fred, I nominate you to be the executioner since you seem to relish in the thought of it. One moron snuffs another.
There's no doubt that every chit you take raises your IQ by at least a couple of points.

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