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Menlo Park teen pleads no contest to drive-by robbery of senior woman near Daly City

Original post made on Jun 17, 2020

Last week, a 19-year-old from Menlo Park pleaded no contest to charges related to a February robbery of a senior citizen at a bus stop.

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Posted by Enough
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 17, 2020 at 10:28 am

He hurt the senion citizen when taking the purse, he then injured another driver when trying to get away. He obviously has no care for anyone else. He should go to state prison for at least 3 years. Why are they letting him off so easy? This is just encouraging others to commit the same or worse crimes knowing that the punishment is not that bad.


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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 17, 2020 at 10:30 am

Overly lenient plea deal.


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Posted by Margo
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 17, 2020 at 2:27 pm

I wonder whether we can move from punishment to reform? I believe it's possible to change a person's attitude if (s)he can be helped to step into the shoes of the victim. It seems to me that punishment doesn't change the heart, only he head. As some have pointed out, prison just makes smarter criminals. The change can be done within the penal system. What can be done to take this young man who seemingly has no concern for others and help him to become a productive citizen? Is that being soft on crime or will it eventually make our cities and towns safer? What is our goal? Revenge? Help? Public safety? I suspect I'll get some major pushback (respectfully presented I hope), but this is part of the BLM movement (not that all criminals are of color) but the majority of those imprisoned are of color. As we learn more about the lives of young men, we need to understand where they came from and how can we help them? And for those who espouse the "toss them in jail" philosophy, I would remind them that it's really costly to keep someone in jail. It helps our society to transform to a productive (tax paying) citizen. What are our goals?


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Posted by JACK
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Jun 18, 2020 at 10:19 pm

It's a travesty that our country does not provide free healthcare and free education through college to its citizens. It shouldn't bankrupt families when a family member becomes seriously ill. Good health and free college benefits us all. This is what most good countries do for their citizens.


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