Re the Sept. 20 article Miami judge weighing thorny issues in sentence of killer 16:
Eric Ellington gunned down two innocent victims for no apparent reason except that one victim “didn’t look scared enough.” He failed to show remorse and didn’t admit he committed the murders.
I fail to discern a sentencing dilemma.
The public defender’s arguments that “someone else put Eric in the position for this to happen” and “Eric did not have the maturity and judgment to not do it” are particularly offensive. These rationales are an assault on personal responsibility.
The brains of children and adults differ in terms of neurological and psychological development, including maturity levels. However, even children who are 6 understand that shooting innocent people is wrong.
People, regardless of age, must be held responsible for their actions according to their abilities to distinguish right and wrong.
The vast majority of children and teens who are raised in single-parent households, who reside in troubled neighborhoods, and witness violence do not commit murder.
All of us have probably experienced peer pressure at various times in our lives; however, succumbing to it is far from inevitable.
Young offenders committing heinous crimes is especially disturbing.
Unfortunately, some choices have dire consequences. Eric Ellington had choices. Julian Soler and Kennia Duran did not.
Joyce Voschin, Davie