He's 14 -- but could get life

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

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

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#43
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.
You do realize you're sick, don't you? You've either forgot to take your medicine again or you've taken way too much of it.
I wished you lived in a country like China and talked the way you do about their leader. We'd only have to listen to you once.
EastSide

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#44
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.
I bet your brain feels as good as new, seeing that you've never used it.
Charles

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#45
Apr 15, 2007
 
We cant let these youngsters back on our streets this is why the crme rate is so high we let these thugs back on the strret and they belive that they can getaway with anything. If we were to look at all the crimes commeted we will find that all have been done by the same people we just slap there hands and put them back on the streets were they finaly kill someone thenwe wonder why we need to be more stricter on convictions and sentences .If sentenced 5yers you do five years no good behavior. cant change a zebra by painting him
bryan

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#46
Apr 15, 2007
 
Ruby steplight talks about corey like he was an angel in the making, what about the young mans family? she did not mention them once. Those punks are always nice kids to their parents. We need to stop taking them to jail-- people start crying for mercy and they walk.
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#47
Apr 15, 2007
 
To hell with life in prison. This little slimeball needs to be executed. Why do the taxpayers always get punished feeding and babysitting trash like this for the rest of their lives? Give him the shot and be done with this useless piece of garbage.
Charles

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#48
Apr 15, 2007
 
I dont know how this has anything to do with some punk kid who shot a man dead. The only thing that I can come up with is that you must be one of thase pinko's that belive that if we were to get rid of are guns and then everybody would do the same.There is a difference in killing for the safty and protection ofones self and the killing over a set of chrome rims and by the way if you are so upsetabout Bush and Cheny . Your great leader Clinton could have prevented all of this if he could have kept his pants up . WE wouldnt be in this mess over seas
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.
GAKnight

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#50
Apr 15, 2007
 
To So True:

A recent survey of how we are viewed worldwde ranks us in the bottom three along with Iran and North Korea. Nice job by our present generation.
China was above us. Canada was number one however. The most admired nation in the world.
For those of you who like to ping on France, they were rated the eighth most admired nation in the world.

There is no doubt the kid in question needs to be taken off the street but executed? That's certainly going to solve youth crime in Orlando!

I just love to tweak you pathetic right-wingers. Simple minds beget simple solutions.
Bob

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#51
Apr 15, 2007
 
Shoot a guy over a car and rims. I don't care if he's 10 or 50, HANG-EM.
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#52
Apr 15, 2007
 
Charles wrote:
I dont know how this has anything to do with some punk kid who shot a man dead. The only thing that I can come up with is that you must be one of thase pinko's that belive that if we were to get rid of are guns and then everybody would do the same.There is a difference in killing for the safty and protection ofones self and the killing over a set of chrome rims and by the way if you are so upsetabout Bush and Cheny . Your great leader Clinton could have prevented all of this if he could have kept his pants up . WE wouldnt be in this mess over seas<quoted text>
Why are we straying from the topic? do we expect bush and clinton to come into our homes and raised our kids? if jesus himself was in the white houes,this little punk would still be a punk. its the parents man-- its the parents.
Eddie

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#53
Apr 15, 2007
 
So he is "just a child" (hear the violin;-( He cannot comprehend what he has done, but he is smart enough to know that "I'll be out in 21 days, grandma." That makes him smart enough to know his behavior is wrong. I have raised three children, and by the age of 3 they know right and wrong if they have been taught about good and the consequences of their misbehaviors unless there are no consequences. The do good social workers need to start removing these children from the "blood relatives" and start putting them into group homes where there is strong structure and supervision if they want to change the behaviors of these little thugs. Rehabilition does not happen with grandma, and the same environment.
Common Sense

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#54
Apr 15, 2007
 
Florida Native wrote:
Ruby Steplight my prayers are with you. You did your best I am sure. I know it is very hard to watch someone you love self destruct and you had no help. There are so many children in today society that are having to be raised by Grandparents because the Parents are on drugs, in prison or for whatever reason have no concern as to what their children are doing or what they go through. Although it is a very sad situation, when someone takes the life of another innocent victim, no matter the age they need to be held accountable. Where is the Mother now...still out with her mouth stuff to a crack pipe somewhere...she needs to look at what she has done to her children and needs to be charded right along with him.
Why sympathize with Ruby? She's the same lady who raised Corey's mother who turned out to be the crack addict and prostitute. Maybe Ruby's just to old to go out partying or whatever it was that kept her from raising her own kids right the first time. If she had got that right maybe Corey's mom would have been there to do it.
Common Sense

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#55
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...
I agree with your post. The only thing I would like to point out is how often these kids are referred to drug treatment because they get arrested for possession of cocaine. The only reason it is possession and possession with intent to sell is because the cops couldn't prove he was dealing even thogh they know he was. The defense attornies see the possession charge and right away claim their "client" has a drug problem to avoid a more harsh sentence. This is both true in juvenile as well as the adult system.
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#56
Apr 15, 2007
 
It seems obvious that, regardless of whether he was in treatment, this kid would have eventually ended up in jail -- where he should be. Furthermore, it's not "the system's" fault-- the grandmother needs to stop living in denial like so many others are still doing.
These kids have free will and a choice -- and they choose crime and drugs over education and hard work.
When you make that choice, you deserve to lose the right to freedom.
I'm so sick of reading/seeing news about complete thugs who have killed for no reason... and their families who are quoted saying "he's a good boy". "Good boys" don't commit senseless acts of violence!
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#57
Apr 15, 2007
 
Florida Native wrote:
Ruby Steplight my prayers are with you. You did your best I am sure. I know it is very hard to watch someone you love self destruct and you had no help. There are so many children in today society that are having to be raised by Grandparents because the Parents are on drugs, in prison or for whatever reason have no concern as to what their children are doing or what they go through. Although it is a very sad situation, when someone takes the life of another innocent victim, no matter the age they need to be held accountable. Where is the Mother now...still out with her mouth stuff to a crack pipe somewhere...she needs to look at what she has done to her children and needs to be charded right along with him.
Well, lets look at the facts, it is obvious that Ruby Steplight has not concept of how to raise a child, the evidence is this Corey's parent, if Ruby had done an adequate job of raising the child then she would not have had to raise the grandchild. She was hoping that he get help? The time to make a difference was when this POS was a little boy, not just waiting until it became a problem and then expecting DJJ to fix what the parents and grandparents screwed up. He is way past the point of making him a viable member of society, so he needs to be put to death, he is no better than a low life animal
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#58
Apr 15, 2007
 
EastSide wrote:
<quoted text>I bet your brain feels as good as new, seeing that you've never used it.
Excellent post! Bloody EXCELLENT!
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#59
Apr 15, 2007
 
This is nauseating. The juvenile justice system didn't fail this kid. The system failed Marcus Mason and his family. The system failed us as a society. The only system that's failed Corey Steplight is his family system. The juvenile justice system was designed to help wayward juveniles, committing "harmless" crimes find a corrected path in life before they resort to worse conditions. His grandmother's refusal to assist in his prosecution when he threatened her and their family with a knife was a huge injustice to her grandson, but more importantly to the family of Marcus Mason and any other victims of Corey's numerous crimes. Maybe had she done what needed to be done then, he would've been locked away, receiving special attention and an innocent life would've been spared. The deputy is correct when he says our system is now teaching kids it's ok to break the law. Corey's own remarks to his grandmother, after committing murder, say it all. "I'll be out in 21 days grandma". I hate to think of any young life wasted behind bars...but it appears Corey's life was wasted well before he was locked up.

Since: Jan 07

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#60
Apr 15, 2007
 
**Eddie has a GREAT POINT***
So he is "just a child"(hear the violin;-( He cannot comprehend what he has done, but he is smart enough to know that "I'll be out in 21 days, grandma." That makes him smart enough to know his behavior is wrong.

You have to give Ruby a little credit,for teaching her children how much Jail Time they will get....Good Work Grandma!!

If this little Mousekateer is Man enough to carry a Gun and USE IT,Then the State should Execute this Kid. Unless some OpenHearted Liberal would enjoy raising the little Tyke in the Safety of their own home......OR??? Give this little bundle of Joy a 1 way Ticket Back to his Country of Origin,..Oh BTW,Include his family for the Trip also.

As a Taxpayer,I would prefer to put them on a Plane send them back to the Mother Country..Just don't for get to bring a Sharp Stick and Plenty of Fly-Paper((They are a good source of Protein)),I think That's what they Eat,..At least on TV.
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#61
Apr 15, 2007
 
I don't have too much faith in the system at this point. We don't have enough jails and prisons the way it is and I really can't see taking care of this kid, giving him free medical care, clothes, food and shelter for the rest of his life. And I can't see letting him back out on the streets but that is more than likely to happen in the next few years if the liberal do-gooders who care more about an individual than they do society have anything to do with it. I think at this point we should consider lowering the age of the death penalty to maybe 12.
Sam

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#62
Apr 15, 2007
 
So very sad.....for everyone involved

Since: Jan 07

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#63
Apr 15, 2007
 
BTW, Bush and Clinton and the US Government in general,Are so far away from what's going on in our Schools and Neighborhoods.
Let's Face it,"RESPECT" is taught in the Home 1rst.You can't blame Politics for what is every Parents Duty to their children....The "Dream" has turned into Everyone elses "Nightmare",..Hopefu lly,The Jack$on$ and the $harpton$ will help these people see the light,instead of Supporting Lying Knappy Haired Hoes.

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