Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Life is Not A Video Game And Crime Is Not A Farmer's Market

You can only shake your head and wonder if the family involved watches a lot of video games and watch reality TV.
From the Kingman Daily Miner: Andrew Granados is not happy with the prospect of spending the next two or three decades in prison. Not many people would be, but for Granados, who doesn't turn 17 until this summer, 30 years behind bars likely seems like a fate far worse than death.
He's also learning the hard way that the Constitution affords him rights to an attorney and to a fair trial - but he doesn't get to pick his attorney and he has no right to a plea deal.
Granados is one of three defendants accused in a home invasion Jan. 27 that led to a woman being shot, her dog being injured, and her money and her car stolen. He stands accused of attempted murder and other felony counts and is one of two juveniles in the case who has been charged as an adult. Samuel Jacob Bravo, 15, and Ashlin Gene Whitesinger, 18, also face multiple felony charges.
Granados was in court with his attorney Ron Gilleo on Monday, and he didn't like what Judge Lee Jantzen or prosecutor Jacob Cote had to say.
Gilleo told Jantzen he and Granados received the proposed plea agreement just minutes before Granados was scheduled to change his plea to guilty. Gilleo asked for a one-month postponement.
Jantzen said he received a note from Granados, who has been in the Mohave County jail since shortly after the incident, in which he is requesting a new attorney.
In fact, Granados and his family have a specific attorney in mind.
"You don't have a right to pick your attorney," said Jantzen. "You have the right to an attorney, but you don't get to pick one. And you're not entitled to a plea offer. You're entitled to a fair trial."
Gilleo said Granados' parents are under the belief that "you never take the first plea offer," taking the same approach one would take in purchasing a used car.
"I haven't yet put a deadline on the plea offer," said Cote, warning such offers can be taken off the table after a period of time. "I have no plans to make a more generous offer."....

Speaking in general terms and not specifically about Granados, Gilleo said juveniles who commit serious offenses often don't understand the reality of the criminal justice system.
"They ask me if I think they'll get six months in county jail," said Gilleo. "I tell them they'll be lucky to get 10 years."
Civics lessons have pretty much disappeared from the curriculum of public schools and it doesn't help that you have individuals and families who probably sit around the house and play video games and watch the latest episodes of the Kardashians.  Drugs and alcohol probably are thrown in for good measure.
This little thug will be lucky get 20-30 years in prison considering the charges he is facing.

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