Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Demands For a Mobile Phone Leads to Death Row

It never ceases to amaze me just what lengths people will go to, just to obtain something trivial.  In this case, it led to a brutal murder of a lad of 16.  He happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Eric Sergeant was out walking in the town of Hemet, in California, when three young men approached him, telling him to hand over his phone. They were 17 year old Francisco Siordia, Joseph Venegas, 15, and 21 year old Roy Zavala.  He stood his ground and then tried to escape from them, but he was caught.  Zavala then proceeded to stab him ten times with a big knife.  They then fled.  People coming upon the scene, desperately tried to stem the bleeding.  A helicopter rushed him to hospital, but he passed away in the operating theatre.

    Two years on, at the trial, Zavala received the death penalty.  Siordia was under the age for the death penalty but was still charged as an adult.  He was convicted of first degree murder and was given life without parole.  Venegas took a plea bargain and accepted 12 years for manslaughter.  All for the sake of a mobile phone.  The murder of a lad just out walking and the perpetrator facing a needle in the arm.  Another leaves prison in a box.