It’s been said that steep punishments for crime are not a deterrent, that people will commit acts of violence no matter the punishment. There is also a school of thought that states that capital punishment, or the death penalty, also will do nothing toward reducing the occurrence of crime.
In certain states where leniency is shown, the crime statistics appear to indicate that there is not only a likelihood of more crime, but that the recidivism rate (or the repeat offense aspect of crime) is also more in those precincts.
In New Jersey, a crime-duo has been nabbed for assault and robbery. The thieves knew the victim and they were violent in their attack. The kicker to this one is that they will both be facing a potential 5-10 year sentence. What was worth this brutal battery? A cellphone and $16!
A New Jersey man and woman could spend five to 10 years in prison for stealing a cellphone and $16 last week, according to Thursday reports.
Anthony J. Stackow, 37, allegedly punched the victim in the face and body while Alyssa Santiago, 32, rifled through the victim’s pockets stealing the cellphone and $16 cash, the Jersey Journal reported Wednesday. Stackow also faces a criminal mischief charge for smashing the cellphone on the ground.
The pair’s first appearance in court Tuesday determined they would be detained for the course of their prosecution. The case will be heard in court by a superior court judge Thursday.
The pair stands charged with second-degree robbery, which carries the five to 10 year sentence. Stackow’s additional criminal mischief charge could add to his sentence, however.
The victim, whose identity has not been released, told authorities he recognized Stackow and Santiago as his cousin’s friends. He declined medial treatment despite Stackow’s alleged violence.
In this case, in spite of the potential charges, notice that the victim has opted not to seek medical treatment. In many cases like this, where the victim knows the perpetrator and where medical treatment is not sought, it stems from the believe on the part of the victim that if they do get treatment, the courts may impose a greater sentence (which is sometimes true).
If the victim has been through this type of situation before, or knows someone who has, the chances that the perpetrator is released on a technicality or released earlier may feed this perception that not seeking medical care is wise. In any case, these two will face a stiff sentence regardless.
Source: The Daily Caller