This happens when habitual criminals are allowed to fall through the cracks of justice; now, a beautiful soul is lost. Azariah Thomas was killed when Kendrick Myles, 41, sprayed bullets on a home where the son of a Baton Rouge officer, Vince Hutchinson, stayed. Hutchinson works with the New Roads Police Department and was not present during the incident.
"When we're out there trying to find comforting words, it's hard," Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphey Paul was quoted by WBRZ-TV.
Police arrested Myles after a standoff and charged him with the murder of the infant. Reports say the suspect had a grudge with the occupants of the house where the infant was slain.
The suspect was also involved in other violent incidents, including the kidnapping of his 9-year old nephew. A relative tried to rescue the boy, but Myles engaged him in a gunfight.
The suspect has a long criminal record and is well known by the police. Myles went to jail in 2004 after trying to kill 11 after a dispute with a girlfriend. Police were also looking for the 41-year old after torching the ex-lover's house.
"We've dealt with him before," Paul was quoted by WBRZ-TV. "The same individuals. That is what I hear from my officers. We arrest them and have to deal with them again... Shooting and murders, what's right about that?"
The police chief wanted federal agents to take over the case to ensure that the criminal receives a longer sentence. Local police officers said they were tired of dealing with the "same repeat offenders."
This is what we've been saying all along. While the left focuses on taking guns away from law-abiding Americans, criminals have an easy day in court. This is because any attempts to set laws for tougher sentences are always met with opposition from liberals. Consequently, violent offenders continue victimizing innocent people without the fear of going to prison.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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