A Texas judge, Kim, lost his patience with a juvenile Crips gang member who removed his ankle monitor and shot a 1-year-old baby, Daily Mail reported. The judge sentenced the 12-year-old to 7 years in a juvenile detention center, according to Sandrarose.
The boy broke down and cried during a Zoom detention hearing last month. But the judge told him to save his tears.
“Every time you come in here you cry. You know that, right?” Judge Kim told him. “Every single time, you beg me for one more chance. You swear to God, ‘On my mama’s name,’ ‘I’m not gonna cut off the monitor, I’m not gonna run off,'” said judge Kim.
The hearing was held on the day he turned 12.
“Now you’re 12-year-old,” Judge Kim said at the start of the hearing. “So, well, happy birthday, I’m sorry you have to spend it here at the detention facility.”
The judge continued: “You were here for… you’re on probation for arson and that is from 2019. And then, we got all kinds of promises. Most recently, I let you go. You keep cutting it [his ankle monitor] off, I’ve always let you go because you’re still young. I mean, you’re 11-years-old, right? So, I didn’t want to keep an 11-year–old in here.”
The judge told him that every time they let him go, he keeps violating the conditions of his probation.
“So, you keep on running away, we keep on getting you back in here, make you stay a couple days, you promise me you’re not going to cut it (ankle monitor) off, and you cried a couple times about coming back here”, Judge Kim said
The judge asks another participant of the Zoom hearing: “Mr Spence when was the last time we let him out?”
Spence replied: “He cut his monitor on 8/14 of this year.”
“Now there’s a new charge that was filed and that was the one where you shot the 1-year-old,” Judge Kim told the 12-year-old boy, adding, “You shot the 1-year-old baby.”
The judge then shows him a picture of himself holding a gun “I know 11-year-olds aren’t supposed to have guns after they’ve been accused of shooting a baby.”
The boy begged the judge to have mercy on him one last time but the judge reminded him that he said the same thing the last time and the time before that.
The young rapper begged: “I just want to know if you can at least give me one more chance then see. If this time I mess up you should like hold me for some months.”
The judge replied: “Yea, but didn’t you say that last time? You told me to hold you for a year last time if you mess up.”
The boy, whose name has been removed from this site because of his age, admitted cutting off his ankle monitor to attend a friend’s funeral. But he couldn’t recall his friend’s name. He told the judge he only knew the friend by his nickname.
The boy’s grandfather, who helped raise him, also attended the Zoom hearing.
Judge Kim told the boy he would be detained in a juvenile detention center until he turns 19 – that’s 7 years.
The boy’s mother, a single mom who gave birth to him when she was 16, was interviewed after the hearing.
The boy’s father reportedly abandoned his family, and his mom chooses not to seek child support. She said she was sent away to prison twice when the boy was a toddler.
The young rapper was raised by his maternal grandfather, who he lovingly refers to as “Paw paw,” according to reports
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