One of the mamas in my due date club--a lady who has had more than her share of troubles--told us earlier this week that her uncle had been seriously injured in a hit-and-run. He was on his moped going to the store and someone ran him off the road. He died at the hospital that same day.
Yesterday, she posted this news story. It is much, much worse than it seemed to begin with:
One person is under arrest after Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says the suspect killed a man, stole his moped, and sold it to buy crack cocaine.So, this fucker ran over a dude twice his age--a dude who, mind you, was in very poor health and about to start dialysis, so they absolutely could have taken his moped without killing him. They just jumped straight to murder, because why the fuck not.
Matthews says Alan Thomas Robinson, 67, was ran over by two men in a truck while he was driving the moped on Freeman Road Monday afternoon.
Investigators say 32-year-old Willie Thomas Starnes and an unidentified accomplice loaded the moped into the back of the truck and drove off without helping Robinson.
See, my friend's uncle wasn't the first person this guy had killed:
Starnes served 10 years in prison for assault and battery with intent to kill. In that incident, Starnes and an accomplice robbed and assaulted an elderly woman who died from her injuries.You know, I'll be honest. I go back and forth on the death penalty. As a Christian, I don't think it's tenable. However, when I see things like this, when I see a man killed because a murderer only served a decade in prison for killing another elderly person and quite plainly made the decision that the punishment is worth risking, I go back the other way. This man needs to be wiped from the planet, and the people who sentenced him to only ten years need to be made very aware of the fact that their decision led to another death.