"This Ain't What You Want" is a series of opinion articles written by author Kim Graham and keynote speaker Willie Spears. These articles will become a book by the same title written for the purpose of helping people avoid incarceration by making better decisions. Learn more at www.williespears.com.
A lot of these young people do not understand that if someone commits a crime, and they are with the person that commits the crime. Although they may not have participated in the crime, all will be charged with that crime.
I remember an instance some years ago when two 17-year-olds went to rob a guy in Tallahassee at an ATM. They took his money then ordered him to get into his car and drive them to his home so that they could rob him more.
The gentleman did as they said but saw a large 18 wheeler truck at an intersection and decided to drive the car into the back of the truck. One of the 17-year-olds was killed on impact. The other 17-year-old was charged with his murder.
Young people don't understand how the law works and how they could put themselves in a really bad position by making bad choices.
The young man felt that he should not have been charged with murder because he did not cause the death of his friend.
But because they were in the act of committing a crime all responsibilities of the crime to include the death was charged to the person committing the crime, which was the living 17-year-old.