Thursday, May 18, 2006

And his mom is a state trooper...

What does it take to get through to some people? I'm not talking about Lionel Tate here. I'm talking about the people who keep putting dangerous animals like this on probation.

Fla. teen gets 30 years for gun possession

FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — Lionel Tate, the teenager who got a second chance after he beat and stomped a 6-year-old girl to death, was sent back to prison for 30 years Thursday for gun possession.
"In plain English, you've run out of chances. You do not get any more," Circuit Judge Joel T. Lazarus told Tate, who smirked as he was led off to jail in shackles.

Even if you didn't think he had run out of chances when he stomped a little girl to death you might think he had run out of chances well before this:

Since his release in 1999, Tate has had numerous run-ins with the law. In 2004, the judge sentenced him to an additional five years' probation for having a knife.

Murder, "numerous run-ins" and a knife charge...The solution's clear. Time to tell this young animal "Stop or we'll say stop again".

Tate, now 19, was convicted of beating Tiffany Eunick to death in 1999, when he was 12, claiming he accidentally killed the girl while imitating pro wrestling moves he had seen on television. He became the youngest person in modern U.S. history to receive a life sentence.
His murder conviction was overturned in 2004 by an appeals court that said it was not clear Tate understood the charges. He was freed under a deal in which he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 10 years' probation.

The best part...he still faces trial in September for the robbery for which he was carrying the gun.

"He continues to get bad advice from meddling third parties," Williams said outside court.
Williams said Tate's mother, Florida Highway Patrol trooper Kathleen Grossett-Tate, told him he could win an appeal on the probation violation conviction, win his robbery case and leave jail in a year. She left court without commenting.

Apparently "trooper" is not the Florida equivalent of "lawyer".


At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great mum. Musta tort him everthang he new.


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