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Opinion: Reverse Racism

| December 10, 2009, 02:28 PM | 8 Comments

White Firebomber Gets 15, Black Killers Get 5

Christopher David Jones was killed in May 2009

Christopher David Jones was killed in May 2009

Without doubt, the murder of Christopher Jones polarized the area. Sure there may have been some gang connections, but nothing warrants the senseless beating of a 15 year old and leaving him to die along a residential street.

During the fallout, there was a firebombing in Odenton which was a misdirected act of retaliation. This week, Judge Paul Hackner sentenced Johnathan R. Myers to 30 years in prison and suspended all but 15. Effectively, Hackner gave this 23 year old man, 15 years in prison for a botched firebombing that caused $33,000 in damage.

But what about Javel George and Trey Robinson, the two youths who actually did kill Christopher Jones? Well, Trey entered an Alford Plea in September and will receive 6 years in a juvenile facility and will be released no later than his 21st birthday. And on December 3, 2009, Javel George, the other assailant, pleaded guilty to the killing and received a similar sentence by Judge Michael Wachs.

Where is the justice?

How is it that our justice system can punish (award?) two admitted killers a maximum six year sentence; yet incarcerate a pyro to 15 years? What message is this sending to today’s youth?

Yes the two were legally minors. But the violence and premeditation of this crime certainly should have trumped that argument.  This was not an accident. This was not a case where some kids were fooling around. This was not a case of a random fight. This was a case of a gang of kids killing another.  And while George and Robinson have taken the heat, the Anne Arundel County Police have yet to resolve (or find) the others who were involved.

So what is wrong with this picture? Firebombing is a crime and perhaps the sentence is appropriate; certainly some length of incarceration is. But why the leniency on the other two criminals? They were 14 and 16 at the time of the crime. Were they unaware that killing someone (or even beating them into unconsciousness) was wrong? Did their parents, families and schools fail to impart basic moral principles? These two knew what they were doing and deserve a lot more than they got.

The sad part is that there are other kids who participated in this that now know they got away with it without any repercussions. Are they apt to do it again? What message does it send to all children? Break the law and no matter how heinous the crime, you get a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card for your 21st birthday.

What is the difference between these cases and the case of David Benjamin Raszewski who raped a 7 year old girl? He did not kill anyone. He was a minor when the crime occurred. His victim was also a minor. And he (rightfully so) now faces life in prison.

It is a true dichotomy!

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  1. RC says:

    This is a juvenile vs. adult issue. You’re reading race into something which has nothing to do with race.

  2. JWF says:

    I agree to a degree. But there is a point about Raszewski (a juvenile) who because of the magnitude of his crime (equivalent to the Jones murder??) is being tried as an adult. Did someone have a better attorney? Are the judges just that freewheeling (my vote)? And probably a better title for his piece might have been “Reverse Discrimination” and leave it at that.

  3. Bert says:

    Check the facts…
    The police did catch everyone… There are no other suspects… There were others around but did not throw punches…. Perhaps the “others” involved were actually witnesses?

    This was not a beat down… This was a brief encounter involving two sucker punches, one by each kid that caused a freak injury leading the Jones’ death… Tragic? Absolutely. But these street encounters, assaults, and fights between kids happen everyday, fortunately not with the same consequences.

    The fire bombers does deserve more time. He’s an adult and he has been in the adult criminal justice system before. Let his sentence be the “lesson” that younger kids need to see… If you’re in trouble now as a kid, straigten up, because it gets real serious when you turn 18.

  4. JWF says:

    Bert, hopefully the author will chime in and the column is labeled “opinion”. However, I also have heard that there were 5 to 7 total people involved as participants and there were more than sucker punches thrown–including kicks when he fell. These came from kids in school who likely had a connection to those involved. And kids are prone to exaggerate, but usually the basic concepts of the story ring true. Maybe not here, but just my two cents as to what I have heard!

  5. Running wiith Scissors says:

    Bert, this was a beat down, his parents pulled him out of school because of the problems with his killer, that had gone on for months. I do not see how a fire-bombing that killed no one, and would not have occured if Christopher Jones was still alive warrants a stiffer penalty.

  6. Bert says:

    Check the FACTS… Not what you “heard”… I followed this in the court and the medical examiner found no evidence of a “beat down”, no evidence of kicks or multiple continuous strikes… Some abrasions, bruises, and a ruptured something or another in his neck from a single punch, which caused his death. Looks like our arsonist got a few more years tacked on (check the news today) for violating probation. Don’t get me wrong, this is a tragady anyway you slice it, I’m just trying to be real about it. This was a kid fight/assault that happens multiple times everyday in our county where one of the kids landed an unlucky punch.

  7. Ziphora says:

    Bert,
    Were you IN court, or did you follow court procedures through the papers?
    The result, BERT, is a kid is Dead. The result with the door was some fire damage, WHICH can be repaired, so until YOU learn to raise the dead, these are two seperate things!!!
    Check all the facts BERTY boy, these were black kids…. wanna go there? Killing a white kid, but oh dear, lets not call this a hate crime. BERTY BOY, you are “trying to be real” have you ever lost someone through MURDER? After you do, then, lets talk about being real, then lets talk about whats fair, then lets talk… until then….

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