Last week three teenagers were shot and killed after being found in the process of committing a robbery and burglary in Oklahoma. Now the case is headed to court. What the family of the perpetrators who died said will shock and disgust you. The grandfather of one of the deceased boys said the homeowner’s son was “unfair” for using an AR-15 to defend himself.
The grandfather was Leroy Schumacher and his grandson was seventeen-year-old Jacob Redfearn. He admitted that his grandson and friends acted stupidly but implored the courts they did not deserve to die. He told the judge the following,
“What these three boys did was stupid. They knew they could be punished for it. But they did not deserve to die. There’s got to be a limit to that [self defense] law. He shot all three of them. There was no need for that.”
The other two perpetrators who died were sixteen and nineteen years old. One was a boy named Max Cook and the other Jake Woodruff. Schumacher cried in the court saying,
“These boys’ families are going to suffer the rest of their lives. We have to live with this the rest of our lives. The past is history […] But you can damn sure learn from it. And maybe some kids will learn from this.”
One of the boys had a knife and the other had brass knuckles. The homeowner’s son was twenty-three years old and he was the one who killed the intruders. Wagoner Country Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Mahoney said the following to reporters,
“Preliminary investigation looks like it’s self-defense. There was a short exchange of words, then gunfire happened.”
When you commit a violent crime this is what happens. They didn’t push an old lady and take her purse they broke and entered a home that did not belong to them with objects used to harm people. That is not a mistake. That is not what children do. That is what criminals do.
Homeowners have the right to defend themselves and that is exactly what they did. Perhaps if the boys were raised better than none of this would have happened, to begin with. Guns didn’t kill those boys, their violent actions got themselves killed.
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