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July 13, 2012

Teen To Be Tried As Adult Over $1.00 Murder

Seems like the right choice – what a pity that SCOTUS has taken both appropriate sentences off the table.

HOUSTON – A 16-year-old girl has been certified to stand trial as an adult for her participation in a series of robberies and the murder of a homeless man in April.

Victoria Correa and three other teens -- Carlos Fernandez, 18; Marilyn Villarreal, 18 and Michael Correa, 17 -- were charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Pedro Miguel Rosales Ramos.

Houston police said the teens robbed and shot Ramos, a 32-year-old homeless man, in a parking lot in the 11700 block of Hempstead Highway on April 4, 2012. They were reportedly cruising the area, looking for prostitutes to rob when they honed in on Ramos.

A witness said he heard Ramos arguing with someone in the parking lot around 10:30 p.m. and, moments later, shots rang out.

Ramos suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and died at the scene.

Investigators said they initially believed the suspects killed Ramos over a bicycle or some chicken, but later determined that the motive was the $1 in cash that Ramos was carrying.

Murdering a homeless man over a buck – the death penalty seems appropriate to me, or at least life in prison with no chance of parole. Unfortunately, a handful of Supreme Court justices evolved the Eighth Amendment to say something it doesn’t and banned those two punishments for little niños and niñas like Victoria Correa and Michael Correa who are fully capable of murdering a homeless man over the price of a can of soda but are somehow not sufficiently responsible to pay the full penalty for their crime.

By the way, this little detail from the story will make your head explode.

Det. Fil Waters described Victoria Correa’s cozy surroundings at the time of her arrest.

"She’s sitting in a queen-size feather bed, watching her 32-inch plasma TV and living in the lap of luxury," Waters said.

I’m thinking of a two word phrase that rhymes with “trucking hitch” – especially since the article notes that none of this gang of murderous thieves has shed a tear for their victim, only for themselves. If we can’t apply one bullet to the back of each of their heads on the courthouse steps on primetime television, then we at least ought to be able to daisy chain them for lethal injection in Huntsville.





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