Apparently these two aspiring young criminals thought so.
According to prosecutors, Stewart and Ninham ran up behind the victim Dec. 22 and knocked him to the ground. Ninham kicked the victim and Stewart punched him in the face, breaking his glasses, before the victim handed over the seven cents in his pocket, prosecutors said. The two teens had handguns, which Stewart later said were BB guns, prosecutors said.
They physically assaulted an elderly man, struck in a way that placed him in real danger of dying from any injuries they might have inflicted (kicks like that can break bones, and the elderly tend not to recover well from broken bones, and occasionally die from them), threatened his life with deadly weapons (even if they never planned to actually kill him, the threat was there, and BB guns can kill), all over what turned out to be only seven cents.
So, how much money or property is a life worth? As I’ve said before, the criminal has already made that decision. As the victim, you cannot know what he has decided until he either leaves or kills you. The attack itself shows that whatever the criminal is after is worth a life. Your job as the victim is to make sure the cost isn’t your life.
As an aside, notice the headline general attitude at the source article? They’re trying to paint this as some kind of miscarriage of justice, because ‘it was only seven cents.’
These twits violently assaulted a man and threatened him with death in order to take what wasn’t theirs. The fact that they only ended up with seven cents is completely irrelevant. The only thing the judge did that I don’t agree with is to treat the other guy differently because he took a plea. They both committed the same violent acts, they should both face the same punishment.
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* Translates as “The explosive diarrhea of an elephant”
[Source: Article at Syracuse.com, retrieved 8/31/11]
[New category added: Is it worth a life?]