Any fair-minded person should know that the 12-year prison sentence for Anthony Rizzuto is excessive, and far beyond that needed to redress the crime.
The facts are that a teenager, with no criminal record, did a robbery and a burglary. No firearms were used, no violence or injury to anyone (although the clerk was severely frightened), and the amount of money taken was small enough that, in a civil case, it would have been covered in small claims court.
Three years in prison should show a teenager that he needs to change, but 12 years of associating with criminals may only produce another lifetime of problems.
It’s sad that our justice system sometimes is more concerned with revenge than reform, or fairness toward a young person.
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