Today I sat in a courtroom where a young man received four consecutive life sentences. He was convicted of murdering and raping an 84-year-old woman, robbery, and the beating of the woman’s 89-year-old husband who later died from his injuries.
The setting was very tense and emotional. As I sat there pondering the case, I wondered if drugs were involved that led him to commit such a horrendous act of violence. I just can’t process how such a young man could commit such a crime. He’s only 22 years old.
The family of the victims spoke and addressed the court with emotional expressions of sadness, hurt, and anger. I can not imagine their pain. The murder occurred over 2 years ago but their pain and anguish was still fresh.
The law is in place for a reason and breaking the law will not only hurt yourself but it will also hurt others. We should all strive to be more conscientious of our decisions. We may not commit an act that’s as heinous as this, but good people make bad decisions all the time.
One bad decision could land you in jail. For life.